Mascarpone and Dark Chocolate Cake

6 tablespoons of cocoa powder
3 tablespoons of boiling water
225 g of softened unsalted butter
225 g of caster sugar
4 large eggs
225 g of self-raising flour
2 level teaspoons of baking powder
500 g of mascarpone
200 g of dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids)
1 tablespoon of icing sugar

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Spaghetti alla Genovese

4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
1 clove of garlic finely sliced
700 g of feather steak, cut into 5cm pieces
200 ml of dry white wine
2 big onions, finely minced
500 g of rooster potatoes, peeled and diced
700 ml of home-made vegetable stock
2 bay leaves
400 g spaghetti
Black pepper, freshly ground
Parmigiano Reggiano, freshly grated

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The ‘Resplendent Island’ – Part 2

As mentioned last week, the pictures I took during my trip in Sri Lanka were far too many to fit just in one post, so here I am again, listening to some good music – Nina Simone rocks – while sharing with you a few lines and some other images of the ‘Resplendent Island’ and its culture, heritage, music, landscapes and food. Continue reading

The “Resplendent Island” – Part 1

I thought to share with you a few posts about “the resplendent island” and its colours, vibrancy and beauty. About its gold sand, lush jungles and blazing blue skies. About its welcoming and kind-hearted people. Its wonderfully aromatic tea, fragrant spices and gloriously captivating cuisine. This is the first one.

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Veal Medallions with Chianti Sauce and Grilled Asparagus

50 g of unsalted butter
1 shallot, finely sliced
70 ml of good Chianti
1 sprig of fresh rosemary
10 trimmed asparagus spears, thin and tender
Zest of ½ unwaxed lemon
1 little bunch of fresh flat-leaf parsley, leaves picked and chopped
2 x 225 g veal tenderloin medallions
Black pepper, freshly ground

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