Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Black and White Wednesday #65

Simona from Briciole is hosting Black and White Wednesday this week and she's very kindly extended the deadline to midday Wednesday (Pacific Time) for all of us still getting over the whole christmas-new year period.

the osteria© by Haalo

Monday, December 24, 2012

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Coconut Pannacotta with Caramelised Mango

Traditional Christmas desserts can be quite heavy and more suited to cooler climes than here - so for weekend herb blogging I've taken advantage of the abundant supply of mango to make a lighter option that should fit in whatever the weather.

Coconut is a flavour that works in harmony with mango and it's this partnership that comes alive in my Coconut Pannacotta with Caramelised Mango.

coconut pannacotta with caramelised mango© by Haalo

Monday, December 17, 2012

Weekend Herb Blogging #365 Hosting


It's the last one before christmas and the last one for the year so I hope you'll join me as I host this edition of Weekend Herb Blogging.

If you're new to Weekend Herb Blogging or haven't joined in for a while, here's a quick recap of the rules.

You have the week to post about any herb, fruit, vegetable, seed, nut, flower - in fact if it is plant based then we'll love to hear more. Your post can be informative, spotlight a particular ingredient and/or include a recipe where your chosen ingredient is one of the primary ingredients in the recipe.

Entries should be submitted by:
  • 3pm Sunday - Utah Time
  • 10pm Sunday - London Time
  • 11pm Sunday - Rome Time
  • 8am Monday - Melbourne (Aus) DS Time

Send your posts to whb AT cookalmostanything DOT com
with WHB#365 in the subject line and the following details:
  • Your name
  • Your Blog/URL
  • Your Post URL
  • Attach a Photo: 400px wide

You can also join in with the italian edition - hosted this week by Brii.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Genmaicha

If you're feeling a bit stressed then you'll be most interested in my "teas-day" subject - Genmaicha

Genmaicha© by Haalo

Monday, December 10, 2012

Weekend Herb Blogging #364 Hosting


This week Graziana from Erbe in Cucina (Cooking with Herbs) will be hosting both the Italian and English editions of Weekend Herb Blogging.

It's very easy to join in - you have the week to post about any herb, fruit, vegetable, flower, nut, seed or grain - in fact if it is plant based we'd love to know more.

Your post can be informative, spotlight a particular ingredient and/or include a recipe where your chosen ingredient is one of the primary ingredients in the recipe. To find out more just check out the rules.

Entries need to be submitted by the following times:
  • 3pm Sunday - Utah Time
  • 10pm Sunday - London Time
  • 11pm Sunday - Rome Time
  • 9am Monday - Melbourne (Aus) DS Time

Send your posts to scrivi AT erbeincucina DOT it
with WHB#364 as the subject and the following details
  • Your Name
  • Your Blog/URL
  • Your Post URL
  • Your Location
  • A photo, 300 px wide


Saturday, December 08, 2012

Monday, December 03, 2012

Weekend Herb Blogging #363 Hosting


This week Elena from Zibaldone Culinario will be hosting both the English and Italian versions of Weekend Herb Blogging.

While it's called Weekend Herb Blogging we don't limit ourselves to just posts dealing with herbs - we celebrate vegetables, fruit, nuts, seeds, flowers, grains - in fact if it is plant based, then we'll love to hear more.

Your posts can either be informative and/or include a recipe where your featured ingredient is the main ingredient of the dish. If you've found a new way to cook an old ingredient or discovered a new ingredient, you're more than welcome to share it with WHB.

Posts can be written anytime during the week but need to be sent to the host by the appropriate deadlines. You can find more information by checking out the WHB rules.

Send your entries to zibaldone.culinario AT gmail.com
with WHB#363 in subject line and the following details:
  • Your Name
  • Your Blog Name/URL
  • Your Post URL
  • A photo: 300px wide

Your entries need to be received by:
  • 3pm Sunday - Utah Time
  • 10pm Sunday - London Time
  • 11pm Sunday - Rome Time
  • 9am Monday - Melbourne DS Time

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Black & White Wednesday #60 Gallery

Thank you for joining in this week - it's been a real pleasure to see your work and I hope to see you again next week when Rosa from Rosa's Yummy Yums will be hosting.

"Seedlings" by Bron from Bron Marshall.com


"Parsley Flower Head with Guest" by Simona from Briciole


"Pepitas" by Lynne from Cafe Lynnylu


"Gastronomic Relic" by Rosa from Rosa's Yummy Yums


"Gingerbread Cookies" by Cinzia from Cindystar


"Dessert First!" by Siri from Cooking with Siri


"Bread Placeholder Hearts" by Cinzia from Cindystar


"Sign at Borough Market" by Me

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Russian Caravan Tea

It's been a while since I've posted about tea so I've decided to make Tuesday my Teas-day.First tea in the pot - Russian Caravan Tea.

russian caravan tea© by Haalo

Monday, November 26, 2012

Weekend Herb Blogging #362 Hosting


This week our host of both the English and Italian editions of Weekend Herb Blogging will be the delightful Cinzia from Cindystar (who is also now the organiser of Black & White Wednesday).

To take part all you need is to write a post that is either informative and/or includes a recipe where your featured ingredient is the main ingredient of the dish. If you've found a new way to cook an old ingredient or discovered a new ingredient, you're more than welcome to share it with WHB.

Posts can be written anytime during the week but need to be sent to the host by the appropriate deadlines - posts should include the phrase Weekend Herb Blogging and a link to your host.

Entries must be submitted by:
  • 3pm Sunday - Utah Time
  • 10pm Sunday - London Time
  • 11pm Sunday - Rome Time
  • 9am Monday - Melbourne (Aus) DS Time

Send your entries to cmc AT cindystar DOT it
with WHB#362 in subject line and the following details:
  • Your Name
  • Your Blog Name/URL
  • Your Post URL
  • A photo: 300px wide

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Black & White Wednesday #60 Hosting

It's a great pleasure to again host Black and White Wednesday which is now being managed by the lovely Cinzia.

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Sign at Borough Market

If you'll like to join in please send me your black & white/sepia/cyanotype culinary photos (maximum width 500px, height is open) to haalo AT cookalmostanything.com
Please include your Name, Blog Name and Photo Title in the email.

I will be accepting submissions until 5pm, Wednesday the 28th November (melbourne time) - which is
12am Los Angeles
3am New York
9am Rome

I look forward to seeing your photos.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Weekend Herb Blogging #361 Hosting


This week the wonderful Brii from Briggishome is hosting both editions of Weekend Herb Blogging and this week marks the second anniversary of the Italian version of WHB. Do head off and read her hosting post as there is a very special prize on offer as thanks to all who join in.

Taking part couldn't be easier - while it's called Weekend Herb Blogging we don't limit ourselves to just posts dealing with herbs - we celebrate vegetables, fruit, nuts, seeds, flowers, grains - in fact if it is plant based, then we'll love to hear more.

Your posts can either be informative and/or include a recipe where your featured ingredient is the main ingredient of the dish. If you've found a new way to cook an old ingredient or discovered a new ingredient, you're more than welcome to share it with WHB.

Posts can be written anytime during the week but need to be sent to the host by the appropriate deadlines.

Entries must be submitted by:
  • 3pm Sunday - Utah Time
  • 10pm Sunday - London Time
  • 11pm Sunday - Rome Time
  • 9am Monday - Melbourne (Aus) DS Time

Send your posts to briiblog at gmail.com
with WHB#361 in the subject line and the following details:
  • Your name
  • Your Blog/URL
  • Your Post URL
  • Please include a photo sized:300px wide

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Pappardelle with Oxtail Ragu

After an impressive run of 290 editions, the time has come to sadly say farewell to Presto Pasta Nights. I took part in the first edition and as I wrote at the time, with an Italian background I just had to join in but I kept coming back because it was so much fun (actually surprised myself to discover that this will be my 76th PPN - I only wish it could have been more).

Many thanks to Ruth who created this event and is also hosting - there's a fantastic repository of pasta dishes from all corners of the world residing in the PPN archives, you should be very proud of this legacy.

For this last PPN, I have a dish that I made, appropriately, in Italy - using one of my favourites, pappardelle.

Pappardelle© by Haalo

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Black and White Wednesday #59

Akheela from Torviewtoronto is hosting this edition of Black & White Wednesday and this week I've decided to focus on something closer to home - the backyard Meyer lemon tree with its new fruit.

new lemons© by haalo

Monday, November 12, 2012

Weekend Herb Blogging #360 Hosting



This week Lynne from Cafe Lynnylu will be hosting Weekend Herb Blogging.

While it's called Weekend Herb Blogging we don't limit ourselves to just posts dealing with herbs - we celebrate vegetables, fruit, nuts, seeds, flowers, grains - in fact if it is plant based, then we'll love to hear more.

Your posts can either be informative and/or include a recipe where your featured ingredient is the main ingredient of the dish. If you've found a new way to cook an old ingredient or discovered a new ingredient, you're more than welcome to share it with WHB.

Posts can be written anytime during the week but need to be sent to the host by the appropriate deadlines.

Entries must be submitted by:
  • 3pm Sunday - Utah Time
  • 10pm Sunday - London Time
  • 11pm Sunday - Rome Time
  • 9am Monday - Melbourne (Aus) DS Time

Send your posts to lynnylu AT gmail.com
with WHB#360 in the subject line and the following details:
  • Your name
  • Your Blog/URL
  • Your Post URL
  • Please include a photo sized:400px wide

Don't forget that the Italian edition of Weekend Herb Blogging is hosted this week by Kris from Tutto ad Occhio.

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Black and White Wednesday #58

Rinku from Cooking in Westchester is hosting this edition of Black & White Wednesday and the subject of my photo this week is one of the things I love about being in Italy - having a mid morning break with a coffee and a delightful little sweet treat.

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In this case, we've indulged in these fabulous rum-soaked babas - dare I say they are almost more liquid than solid!

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Tajarin con Ragu Leggero dell'Orto

There's only two more Presto Pasta Nights to go until time is called and this week Kirsten of From Kirsten's Kitchen to Yours is hosting and as my time in Alba is also drawing to a close, I thought I'd make something with a local pasta  - in this case Tajarin.

tajarin© by Haalo

Monday, November 05, 2012

Weekend Herb Blogging #359 Hosting


The new season of Weekend Herb Blogging starts with the always fantastic Simona from Briciole at the helm.

To take part all you need is to write a post that is either informative and/or includes a recipe where your featured ingredient is the main ingredient of the dish. If you've found a new way to cook an old ingredient or discovered a new ingredient, you're more than welcome to share it with WHB.

Posts can be written anytime during the week but need to be sent to the host by the appropriate deadlines - posts should include the phrase Weekend Herb Blogging and a link to your host.

Entries must be submitted by:
  • 3pm Sunday - Utah Time
  • 10pm Sunday - London Time
  • 11pm Sunday - Rome Time
  • 9am Monday - Melbourne (Aus) DS Time

Send your posts to simosite AT mac DOT com
with WHB#359 in the subject line and the following details:
  • Your name
  • Your Blog/URL
  • Your Post URL
  • Attach a Photo: 400px wide

Weekend Herb Blogging #358 - Recap


Thank you for joining once again in another week of Weekend Herb Blogging. I know it's been a difficult week for some and I hope that things will get back to normal as quickly as possible.

As I think it's fitting to round out a WHB year with all the submissions - you'll find both english and italian entries in the recap. You'll find informative posts - dishes with spice - clever ideas - and I'm sure, something that you're sure to want to try.

Saturday, November 03, 2012

Uova al Tegamino con Tartufo Bianco

We are nearing the end of the 82nd White Truffle Fair in Alba and also my time here and I thought it might be a lovely way to celebrate WHB with a marvellous white truffle.

white truffle© by Haalo

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Black and White Wednesday #57

Anusha from Tomato Blues is hosting Black and White Wednesday this week and the subject of the photo this week are these fabulous Porri (Leeks) di Cevere.

porri di cevere© by Haalo

There is something quite striking about these leeks and it is their height - well over 3 foot and nearing 4 - and most of the leek consists of that prime white part. They are so prized there is even a yearly festival - the Fiera del Porri which will be commencing November 10th in the nearby town of Cevere.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Panzerotti with Red Capsicum and Tomato

Panzerotti is the name given to a Pugliese tomato and cheese stuffed fried pastry but it's also the name used for this triangular ricotta and spinach filled pasta.

panzerotti© by Haalo

Monday, October 29, 2012

Weekend Herb Blogging turns 7



This week I am hosting Weekend Herb Blogging and it marks a very special occasion - Weekend Herb Blogging turns 7 and as always, it means we have a brand new banner.


The food blogging scene has changed quite dramatically since WHB first started in 2005 but I find it quite lovely to see that it still holds an interest. In fact, my non-blogging friends always remark that they look forward to Mondays so that they can read the recaps - they love the cosmopolitan nature of the event and that they can relate to both the recipes and the ingredients.

I would like to take the time to thank Brii - who is the driving force behind the Italian edition and is always there to lend a hand and all our terrific hosts that offer up their time -

Anh, Kris, Simona, Cinzia, Cristina, Rinku, Marta, Simona, Chris, Graziana, Astrid, Lynne, Terry, Fragolivo, Anca, Nuccio, Elena, Rachel, Cleare, Susan and Siri

and also everyone who joins in to share their knowledge - without your continued support there wouldn't be a WHB.

It couldn't be a celebration without a little something and this year I've decided to have two giveaways. The first will be a random draw from those that join in this week and the second will be a random draw from the list of hosts.

I've selected two books, one Italian and one Australian



Slow Food's "L'Orto in Cucina" and "Mr Wikinson's Favourite Vegetables" from local chef Matt Wilkinson.

Now, if you'd like to get a chance to be in the running, here's how to do it.

You have the week to post about any herb, vegetable, fruit, nut, seed, flower or grain - in fact if it is plant based, we would love to know more.

Your post can be informative and/or include a recipe where your featured ingredient is the main ingredient of the dish. Posts can be written anytime during the week but they need to be sent to me by the deadline.

Please include the phrase Weekend Herb Blogging in your post with a link to this hosting announcement.

Send your posts to whb AT cookalmostanyting DOT com with WHB#358 in the subject line and the following details:
  • Your name
  • Your Blog/URL
  • Your Post URL
  • Attach a photo: 400px wide

Your email will need to get to me by
  • 9am Monday - Torino Time
  • 8am Monday - London Time
  • 3am Monday - New York Time
  • 12am Monday - Los Angeles Time
  • 7pm Monday - Melbourne (AU) Time



Saturday, October 27, 2012

Hazelnut and Chocolate Cake

Cristina from La Cucina di Cristina is hosting both editions of Weekend Herb Blogging and as I'm still in Alba I'll be featuring one of the areas most prized ingredients - no, not truffles but hazelnuts.

hazelnuts© by Haalo

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Monday, October 22, 2012

Weekend Herb Blogging #357 Hosting


We're just one week away from WHB's 7th birthday and our next host for the both the English and Italian editions will be Cristina from La Cucina di Cristina.

If you would like to join in, it couldn't be easier.

You have the week to post about any herb, vegetable, fruit, flower, nut, grain, seed in fact, if it is plant based then it's eligible. Your post can be informative - spotlight a particular ingredient and/or include a recipe where your chosen ingredient is one of the primary ingredients in the recipe.

Posts can be written anytime during the week but need to be sent to the host by the appropriate deadlines:
  • 3pm Sunday - Utah Time 
  • 9pm Sunday - London Time
  • 10pm Sunday - Rome Time
  • 8am Monday - Melbourne Time

Send your posts to cucinadicristina AT gmail DOT com
with WHB#357 in the subject line and the following details:
  • Your name
  • Your Blog Name/URL
  • Your Post URL
  • Your location
  • A photo, 400px wide

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Black and White Wednesday #55

Simona from Briciole is hosting this edition of Black and White Wednesday and this week I've found inspiration in one of the many festivals that are happening here in Alba - this time it is the Spice Market

spices© by Haalo

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Sapori Antichi Focaccia

It's been a while since I've taken part in World Bread Day - in fact I'm sad to say I haven't joined in since the very first edition back in 2006. This year I decided I had to change that and as I'm in Italy I'm taking advantage of the amazing array of different flours that can be found here.

One of those flours will be the focus of the bread I'm baking today - Marino Farina Sapori Antichi which hails from here in the Langhe.

Marino Sapori Antichi Flour© by Haalo

Monday, October 15, 2012

Weekend Herb Blogging #356 Hosting


Terry from Crumpets & Co will be hosting both the English and Italian editions of Weekend Herb Blogging.

If you're new to Weekend Herb Blogging or haven't joined in for a while, here's a quick recap of the rules.

You have the week to post about any herb, fruit, vegetable, seed, nut, flower - in fact if it is plant based then we'll love to hear more. Your post can be informative, spotlight a particular ingredient and/or include a recipe where your chosen ingredient is one of the primary ingredients in the recipe.

Entries must be submitted by:
  • 3pm Sunday - Utah Time
  • 10pm Sunday - London Time
  • 11pm Sunday - Rome Time
  • 8am Monday - Melbourne (Aus) Time

Send your posts to abbbella74 AT gmail DOT com
with WHB#356 in the subject line and the following details:
  • Your name
  • Your Blog/URL
  • Your Post URL
  • Your Location
  • Attach a Photo: 400px wide

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Rosato Poached Coscia Pears

Marta from Mangiare è un po'come viaggiare is hosting both the English and Italian editions of Weekend Herb Blogging and this week I have an adorable, tiny pear from Sicily called Pere Coscia - Coscia Pears

coscia pears© by Haalo

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Black and White Wednesday #54

Lynne from Cafe Lynnylu is hosting Black & White Wednesday this week and I thought I'd return to the subject of Piemontese Cows.

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Strange as it sounds I spent a few hours watching a cow competition here in Alba. The competition was limited to only indigenous breeds with most of the cows being these white Piemontese known as "La Bianca".

The judging proved quite fascinating to watch with most of the attention directed to one place -

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the posterior. The assorted judges would variously prod and poke and seemingly pinch the rear with animated discussions occuring as scores were eventually given.

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Jam-filled Ricotta Donuts

After making the stuffed zucchini flowers I was left with excess ricotta and not willing to let it go to waste, I needed to think of something to make. The solution came via Paalo's sweet tooth - ricotta donuts but I've added a little twist, after cooking I've filled them with amarena jam.

jam-filled ricotta donuts© by Haalo

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