Chestnut, chocolate & pears cookies

Being Italian, eating chestnuts during the holidays is a must, whether it’s roasted chestnuts that I picked up in the woods with my family, chestnut paste on toast or chestnut flour in baked goods, I think that nutty sweet flavour just makes every food taste cosier!  The combination of chocolate chip cookie (i.e. one of the cosiest food in the world) and chestnut taste absolutely awesome! Brown butter and pear just make everything more nutty and flavourful! Chestnut flour is naturally sweet so these cookies contain less sugar than most chocolate chip cookies, pears also keeps them chewy on the inside while the outside is nice and crispy. Inspired from the Top With Cinnamon Cookbook Recipe (makes 15 cookies) Ingredients 5 oz butter 1 cup chestnut flour ¾ cup + 2 … [Read more...]

Buckwheat, Cherry & chocolate granola bars

Last week I was walking around an outdoor market in London and I found myself craving a sweet treat, so when I stumbled upon a stand selling dried fruit snacks I went for the 'chocolate & cherry tart' mix: as soon as the sweetness of the cherries and the bitterness from the chocolate reached my tongue, I was suddenly reminded of how wonderfully these two flavours taste when combined. After a little daydreaming and mental recipe planning, I decided to revisit this pairing and transform it into a healthy treat. Granola bars are one of my favourite  breakfast options on weekdays: they are easy to pack up, can be made in advance and are fairly nutritious. These are made with three different types of cereals, seeds and a healthy dose of coconut oil and honey. They make a perfect … [Read more...]

Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls Recipe – EASY and perfect for Easter Dinner

Are you planning a special meal? There’s nothing better than homemade rolls on the table. While the idea of making your own can seem daunting – this easy recipe will make even a beginner look like a master baker. I discovered this recipe while looking for a good wholesome option for my kid’s lunches. I am trying to get away from processed foods for our family as much as possible. Making rolls on a Sunday afternoon is easy and has little hands-on time. The majority of time is spent waiting for the dough to rise. Unlike “cooking”, baking is a science and you do have to be pretty close to the directions. Warm milk to activate the yeast and sugar to feed it. This recipe also calls for having your ingredients at room temperature – If like me you keep your whole wheat flour in the fridge … [Read more...]

The Best Greens for You

It's the New Year!  Time to start fresh and be your best self yet!  Did you make a resolution to eat better this year?  I know I did!  One way I'm doing that is by adding more greens into my diet.  Salads, wraps, sandwiches.  Whatever I can do to get more green in my diet - I'm trying!  Are you looking to add a little more green in your diet this year?  Great!  I'm sharing the best greens for you along with some easy recipes.  Kale - The superstar.  It seems like everyone is talking about kale lately.  It can help stimulate your immune system and is full of vitamins A, C and K.  It also helps with vision and blood clotting.  It can be seen in salads, on top of pizzas, in casseroles and everywhere you would use regular lettuce! Recipe Ideas: Kale Pesto Kale, Apple and Banana … [Read more...]