December 24, 2012 by Giulietta
For this Christmas Eve, a day usually spent getting ready for Christmas dinner or making/wrapping the last Christmas gifts, I propose you a quick and easy recipe that can be a beautiful dessert to be served with the Christmas coffee or a small last-minute gift: you’ll need just a box and red paper to create something very Christmassy and very appreciated.
It’s my way to give you all a little gift and to wish you a sweet and peaceful Christmas, surrounded by your loved ones.
Have a nice Christmas Eve and, of course, a great Christmas Eve’s dinner.
Category Christmas is near - home-made gifts, Cookies, Dessert and Sweets, Dried fruit, Egg whites only, Nuts | Tags: almond,amaretti,bitter almond,Christmas,cookies,dessert and sweets,egg whites,home-made gifts,italian cuisine,nuts | 4 Comments
July 8, 2011 by Giulietta
Yes, yesterday it was my birthday (I'm going towards the 30)! And, while someone claims that the making of his own birthday cake is bad luck (but why?) or simply is not very nice, I have a certain compulsion ("another one?", you'd say) not only in preparing the dessert, but the whole dinner for a party in my honor!
Am I stupid?! Maybe.
Do I love cooking too much?! For sure!
On my birthday, however, traditionally I don't cook, my boyfriend takes me out for dinner (preferably in a surprise restaurant, and this year we ate Piedmontese in a very nice restaurant… awesome) and I buy a nice dessert from my favorite ice-cream maker and/or pastry chef (yesterday I chose two little semifreddo cake, a yogurt-soft fruit one and a three chocolates one), what the heck!
But, for all other parties (and, believe me, my agenda is really full) I MUST (i's a primordial need) prepare something, the whole dinner or just the dessert. But it's July, so I don't like to stay near the oven (although yesterday it seemed autumn … in hindsight I could have used the oven) … last year I decided to make a tarte tatin and, later, near the oven, I decided that dying would have been a better choice! In short, this year, aided by the loan of an ice cream machine and the consequent desire to experiment, I will present you two cold dessert. Actually, they can't be colder… ICE CREAM!
PS: the ice cream maker IS NOT ESSENTIAL, though!
Category Birthday, Chocolate, Dessert and Sweets, Egg whites only, Holidays, Ice cream semifreddo and sorbet, Ice-cream cakes | Tags: chocolate,dessert and sweets,egg whites,hazelnut,ice cream semifreddo and sorbet,nutella,vanilla,whipping cream | 28 Comments
April 13, 2011 by Giulietta
To paraphrase the well-known Italian motto "Either France or Spain, as long as we can eat", today I present to you the happy marriage of a Spanish recipe with an Italian one.
The two recipes do not come together, but I just tried the combination and the result was quite convincing, so I present it to you! Of course you are perfectly free to prepare and eat these desserts (yes, today we talk about desserts, two of them!) separately, but at least you'll know that eating them together it's not going to hurt you … Indeed, quite the opposite!
In addition, these two desserts are very easy to prepare (these recipes could be useful on many occasions) and, more interesting, they are perfectly complementary, since one uses only egg whites and the other uses only egg yolks… then, as for the pork, we don't throw anything away (I already showed you here that you shouldn't throw anything away, even egg whites)!
I have at least intrigued you a little?! So come and find out what sweets I'm talking about!
Category Cookies, Dessert and Sweets, Egg whites only, Egg yolks only, Pudding, Spanish cuisine | Tags: cookies,cream,dessert and sweets,eggs,italian cooking,pudding,spanish cuisine | 14 Comments
April 3, 2011 by Giulietta
How many creams, sauces and cakes require only egg yolks? A lot. But the question that haunts all of us (I see you, sleepless, thinking about egg whites) is: what can I do with just egg whites?!
Often thay end up in an anemic omelette, or they can be used to make "cat tongues" (I'll translate that recipe, too, if anybody cares), but there is another problem, their conservation: We certainly can't let the egg whites in the refrigerator for a hundren years, hoping to accumulate them in a sufficient number of them to actually use them (for me, the chances of this happening before the egg whites go bad are very poor).
So, after reading here and there in the world wide web tips and recipes, I went the hard way: I put the egg whites in a small airtight container and froze them! First two, then two more (within a couple of weeks), then another … so, with no problems of conservation, I found myself with 5 egg whites and, finally, the possibility to try a plum cake with egg whites only.
Category Cakes and pies, Chocolate, Dessert and Sweets, Dried fruit, Egg whites only | Tags: cakes and pies,chocolate,dessert and sweets,dried fruit,egg whites,gianduja chocolate,hazelnut | 4 Comments