Ribollita is a Tuscan style soup that more closely resembles a stew than a soup. It was peasant food, and due to it’s nature was made from the left overs of other dishes, which is how it got it’s name as Ribollita literally means “reboiled”. Traditionally,Ribollita uses Tuscan cabbage (Cavolo Nero), cannellini beans, and stale bread.
While there is debate over whether white chocolate can truly be called a chocolate (white chocolate is derived from cocoa butter and does not contain cocoa solids like regular chocolate), there is one thing it shares in common with chocolate….it’s delicious and addictive.
My parents are visiting at the moment, from Tasmania. They don’t come to visit often so I wanted to do some baking before hand to have some special treats available to enjoy. So before their arrival I spent a couple of days baking in preparation for their arrival. For Mum I decided to make white chocolate mud cupcakes with raspberry curd topped with white chocolate ganache, more on those in a future post.
With the recent spate of cold wet weather we’ve been having in Brisbane I found myself craving soup. I wanted something healthy (to make up for all the baking I’ve been doing recently) and satisfying and I decided to make a vegetable and barley soup.
Jess at The Island of Dr Gateau’s numerous posts on her adventures with Red Velvet cupcakes (and her mission to share their goodness with the masses) were eventually enough to inspire me to try my hand at making Red Velvet Cupcakes.
There is nothing more comforting than a sweet and tart apple and raspberry crumble on a cold winters night. Serve with a dollop of cream or ice cream.
2 years ago last Saturday, my cousin Alex passed away at 19 years of age as a result of complications of type 1 diabetes. These cupcakes are in memory of Alex.
I love these cookies, they are so much fun. I love the brightly coloured smarties and how they contrast with the dark chocolate cookie. The cookies have an addictive chewy texture (which is even more wonderful when they are slightly warm), making it difficult to stop at one cookie.
People who live in the southern states might not believe me when I say its been cold here in Queensland the last few weeks, but it has. Any time I complain of the cold here I think of how thankful I am that I don’t live in Melbourne or Tasmania anymore (I’ve lived in both…
This Asian noodle soup is something a little different to the usual thick and heavy winter soups though. It is almost reminiscent of summer with it’s bright colours and the flavours of coriander, lime and mint.
Whilst flicking through the latest edition of delicious magazine I came across a Quince clafoutis with prune and armagnac ice cream recipe by Andy Bunn. I’ve made clafoutis a number of times in the past and this recipe was quite different to the one I usually make (my tried and tested recipe comes from The Cooks Book of Everything by Lulu Grimes) so I wanted to give it a try.
I love soups. They are healthy (usually), hearty and satisfying. Especially in cooler weather. I also love them as lunches to take to work as a healthy alternative to cafe food or takeaways.