Sylvia’s Chocolate Draped Pears

Sylvia's Chocolate Draped Pears
Pears and apples belong to the rose family and have their origins in the Caucasus. Both were introduced into Europe and northern India by the Aryan tribes from the original region. The wild pear has now been developed into nearly 1,000 varieties after interbreeding with native wild pears of Europe and Asia. Talk about going [...]

Sylvia’s Fried Zucchini Flowers

Sylvia's Fried Zucchini Flowers
One of my favourite summer and autumn cooking past-times is... you guessed it, picking baby zucchini and their flowers fresh from the garden. Taking them straight to the kitchen, making the simplest batter of them all, in Italian we call it la pastella, then dipping and frying these delectable morsels in hot oil to then [...]

Zucchini Gratin (French-style)

Zucchini Gratin (French-style)
This is another very easy recipe but with a French influence this time! If you still have an abundance of zucchinis in the garden, this might be the perfect way to cook them. This zucchini or courgette gratin makes for a simple yet satisfying main course, vegetarian dish or side dish to roast lamb, beef [...]

Sylvia’s Chocolate Madeleines

Sylvia's Chocolate Madeleines
I have tested many Madeleine recipes over the years and none have given me the  results I wanted. So, I went back to my own recipe drawing board and developed this one. Tirelessly I slaved away in the kitchen, testing one batch after the other. Not so tiresome for me as the kitchen is my [...]

Japanese Simmered Beef with Potatoes and Peas

Japanese Simmered Beef Potatoes Peas
This is a very easy recipe! Do not be intimidated by the fact that it is Japanese. Contrary to popular belief Japanese Home Cooking is simple to prepare with inexpensive seasonal ingredients, is natural and wholesome, delicious and nutritious. This dish in particular is quite comforting, which is something we all need in these challenging [...]

Sylvia’s Green Beans with Sesame Dressing

Sylvia's Green Beans with Sesame Dressing
Another very easy recipe inspired by Japanese Home Cooking to accompany my Japanese Simmered Beef with Potatoes and Peas. Seasonal vegetables served simply are appetising additions to any meal. This dish dressed with ground sesame seeds has its roots in classic Buddhist vegan cooking also known as Shojin Ryori Japanese monastic cuisine. Green beans, spinach [...]

Miso Soup with Silken Tofu

Miso Soup with Silken Tofu
This Miso Soup with Silken Tofu is a wholesome, natural addition to my Japanese Simmered Beef with Potatoes and Peas and accompanying vegetable dish Green Beans with Sesame Dressing. A hearty and nutritious meal full of natural flavours and umami. I encourage you to try these simple dishes as a combined meal and enjoy their [...]

Sylvia’s Lemon and Poppy Seed Muffins

Sylvia's Lemon and Poppy Seed Muffins
These delicious muffins are another take on my classic easy muffin recipe this time using fresh lemons and poppy seeds. These luscious lemony muffins bake beautifully and hold their flavour and freshness for several days. You can even freeze them if you wish. Simply decorate with my easy lemon frosting and give a few as [...]

Baked Medley of Summer Vegetables

Medley of Roasted Summer Vegetables
It might not look much in this baking tray but this dish is simply delicious and easy to prepare. I created it one lovely evening when we spontaneously invited friends to dinner. I used a colourful medley of summer vegetables, tray baked them with herbs from my garden and a touch of freshly ground spice [...]

Roast Mushrooms Poached Egg Garlic Crouton

Roast Mushrooms Poached Egg Garlic Crouton
A gourmet treat that looks mouthwateringly (I just made that word up) delicious and impressive. So quick and easy it can be prepared in minutes. Not really a recipe but rather the clever culinary use of fresh local seasonal ingredients prepared simply to create a light brunch, lunch or dinner. Accompany with a freshly dressed [...]