French Fig and Fromage Canapé

Sylvia's French Fig and Fromage Canape
Figs are fabulous. I just love them! So when they happen to come into my possession my culinary passion runs away with me. It is a pity I don't have room in the garden for a variety of these trees but I am grateful to our various farming friends who grace me with a basket [...]

Sylvia’s Butter Beans, Tomato, Basil and Seafood

Sylvia's Butter Beans Tomato Basil Fish S
Taking one simple recipe and adding another culinary dimension to it transforms it into a completely different dish. Here I have taken my Butter Beans with Basil and Tomato recipe, and as mentioned in the preamble of that post, added grilled or pan-fried seafood. In this case (above) Pink Ling coated in a parmesan and [...]

Sylvia’s Butter Beans with Tomato and Basil

Sylvia's Butter Beans with Tomato Basil
This is a simply delicious and deliciously simple seasonal dish. Prepare as part of a vegetarian meal with accompanying salad or as a side dish or sauce for grilled or pan-fried seafood, fish or chicken, as pictured below. (Click on the dish below to get to another recipe :) ). The flavourful Tigerella tomatoes I [...]

Raspberry and White Chocolate Muffins

Raspberry and White Chocolate Muffins

A new spin on my muffin recipe that I just love to make when I feel like the classic mix of raspberry and white chocolate. Again, I do not bake my muffins too sweet, I’m sweet enough as it is 🙂 ha, ha! But then again you can add more sweetness if you wish. I […]

Baked Quince with Cloves and Cinnamon

Baked Quince with Cloves and Cinnamon
Quintessentially Quince! Quinces are divine. Their perfume pervades the larder and kitchen when in the bowl and being cooked. I just love them! Do you? Some people are intimidated by them, but I'm always excited by them, especially when I receive them as gifts from our guests and culinary students whom I am very grateful [...]

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 desired. 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 really as the kitchen is my favourite [...]

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 [...]