Little Pleasures: Glutenfree Sourdough Focaccia with Tomatoes and Herbs

“It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.” John Wooden “Thinking big” is the fashionable and the one-to-follow lifestyle of today’s world. Whilst it is nothing inherently wrong with it, when one believes that “big” is better than “small”, that “stretching to the limit” is what everyone must do, that […]

Timeless and Traditional Angels’ Food: Kürtőskalács

“When one has tasted it he knows what the angels eat.” Mark Twain When one fancies a little warm, family love, this cake offers a filled with flavour of tradition, history and appreciation of roots. Its making-baking process has not changed over centuries, and once tasted, people will definitely know why.   The famous Hungarian Kürtőskalács […]

The Humble Scone and His Outfits : the Cheese, the Potato, the Ham, the Soured Cream and all…

“…when someone says they hate scones that generally means they’ve never had a good scone…” Unknown What are scones? Bread? Pastry? Cake? Dessert? Side-dish? Main? In my experience it depends on the ingredients, on the occasion and on the cultural heritage.   Scones originally were types of quick bread. I Scotland for example, originally made […]

Home-made Tortilla and Tortilla Chips

“Strange to see how a good dinner and feasting reconciles everybody.” Samuel Pepys Tortillas date back to 10,000 years before Christ. It was the principal food of the Aztecs and Spanish conquerors looking for gold, when reached the highlands of Mexico, found the civilization that had the most delightful and unusual food. The main diet of […]

A Magnificent Flatbread

“I put the kitch into kitchen.” Nigella Lawson People have been making flat breads for well over 6,000 years. The oldest baker’s oven in the world was known in Babylon in 4000 B.C. Flat bread was baked in hot ashes or on heated stone slabs in the old kingdom of Egypt as long ago as 2500 […]

Savour the Party: Salty Cheddar, Hazelnut and Paprika Biscotti

“Life is great. Cheese makes it better.” Avery Aames The humble biscotti, just like many other old-fashioned biscuit-type bakes, for example the ship’s biscuits in the United Kingdom, was originally made as a “long-shelf-life” food for travelers, being very dry and containing no fats and was carried to their battles by the Roman Legions. There are […]

(Almost) Instant Magic: Homemade Nigella Seed Crackers

“Seeds have the power to preserve species, to enhance cultural as well as genetic diversity, to counter economic monopoly and to check the advance of conformity on all its many fronts.”  Michael Pollan Homemade crackers? Given the fact that picking up a packet of absolutely acceptable crackers at the any grocery store is possible and simple, […]

Advent: Calming, Preparation, Sharing and Celebration – Cheese Spotted Spelt Focaccia

“Give, and it shall be given unto you.” Luke 6:38, Bible Sundays have always been family days in my childhood home, even more so around the time of Advent. The Latin word Advent means, “arrival, coming”, referring to the four weeks before Christmas that are the time of preparation and hope, waiting for the celebration of […]

A Vacation-like Persian Feeling: Nan-e Barbari Bread

I am afraid the invitation for this “holiday” does not involve free hotel accommodation, a bargain aeroplane ticket, nor does it explains how to fly a magic carpet to travel. It simply encourages the reader to create (or re-create) an Eastern flavour that can transport the taste buds around the globe.  Nan-e Barbari is a popular  Persian flatbread.  It […]

Not Just a Simple Cheese, Rosemary and Garlic Cracker but a Painting of Nature

  A good recipe is way beyond just being a reflection of the knowledge and experience of its author. A good recipe is respect towards the ingredients, it is love for the human kind and it is a tribute to all the hard work behind the recipes roots and inspiration: starting from the farmer, following […]