I come from a long week of Netflix, food, couch, relatives and relax so I can call myself a blessed lady!
Today I woke up earlier than usual ( for a non working day) and I had my cup of coffee, enjoyed the silence and put away Christmas tree and decoration while listening to my fave true crime podcast.
Everyone else is still in bed so I decided to share with you this wonderful recipe of a white chocolate and gluten free cheesecake with a crunchy caramel topping I made for the New Year’s Eve dinner.
It’s really great, it comes from a book I have in Italian and from which I’ve taken other, very successful, recipes of cheesecakes like the walnut and maple syrup cheesecake.
I am back with a recipe I’ve found on an Italian Facebook group about local recipes.
I hardly can say this is a local thing but it’s a delicious idea indeed: it’s a dried fruit jam packed with Christmas flavours like cloves, cinnamon, star anise and, according to me, it’s a wonderful Christmas present you can gift.
It’s perfect with cheeses, you should try it with melted Camembert or, if you prefer, you can use it in Christmas sweets or plain, on a slice of buttered bread with a cup of tea.
Seen these easy maple syrup candies on the beautiful blog of an American colleague, Beth from Binky’s culinary carnival.
The maple leaf shape was so beautiful I had to give a try!
Finding the maple leaf mould here wasn’t easy at all as they’re not a thing in Italy but I managed to find one online; it’s very thin, maybe more for sugar paste than candy but the result has been great anyway!
As you see I’m deep into cooking experiments at the moment, so deep I started again with my usual recipe exchange with a close circle of food blogger friends.
Blogs are in italian only so I don’t bother share links you cannot read but I can tell I had to dig deep into the blog I was paired with because it has hundreds, and I mean HUNDREDS of recipes.
Some are local, some come from far, far away: I decided to stay in the middle and I choosed a recipe from Malta, the Bigilla.
Who loves bbq?
Me, and I am sure I’m not alone.
I attended some courses with a skilled bbq master, I know how to cook a proper fiorentina ( steak) but I still do not have a bbq grill here at the new home.
This recipe was created for barbecue but you can easily do it the same way into your oven.
It comes from a bbq community and there is commonly called “red drug“, don’t know if it makes sense in English too.