Thursday, April 29, 2010

Semolina Gnocchi with Cavolo Nero

Katie from Thyme for Cooking is hosting Presto Pasta Night and with the weather cooling down here, it seems a perfect time to turn my hand at making Semolina Gnocchi or Gnocchi alla Romana.

These gnocchi are a speciality of the Lazio region of Italy and are made using a mix of semolina, milk and egg. One of the more popular variations involves the addition of spinach but in this case I've decided to use Cavolo nero instead.

cavolo nero© by Haalo


Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Strawberry and Buffalo Ricotta Muffins

This recipe all begins with the ricotta - in this case beautifully fresh Buffalo Ricotta from one of my favourite cheese spots around town, La Latteria

buffalo ricotta© by Haalo


Monday, April 26, 2010

Weekend Herb Blogging #231 Hosting


This week I hope you'll join me in giving first-time host Janet fromTastespace a very warm welcome.

The rules are simple - post about any herb, fruit, vegetable, seed, nut, grain,flower or plant. 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.

Send your posts to saveur11 AT yahoo DOT ca
with WHB#231 in the subject line and the following details:
  • Your Name
  • Your Blog Name/URL
  • Your Post URL
  • Your Location
  • A photo: 400px wide
You can post anytime during the week but remember to email your host by the deadline which is:

  • 3pm Sunday - Utah Time
  • 10pm Sunday - London Time
  • 11pm Sunday - Rome Time
  • 7am Monday - Melbourne
You can find the corresponding time in your area here

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Parmesan Sables

The idea for these Parmesan and Herbes de Provence Sables has been floating around in my head for a while. Initially they started as just simple Parmesan Sables but I found they needed something else to really make them sing. I thought of mustard or chives and various other herbs but then I remembered I had this in the pantry.

Herbes de Provence© by Haalo


Monday, April 19, 2010

Weekend Herb Blogging #230 Hosting


This week our host will be Winnie from Healthy Green Kitchen

If you're new to Weekend Herb Blogging or you haven't taken part in a while, here's a quick summary of the rules.

You have the week to post about any herb, fruit, vegetable, nut, grain, seed, flower or plant. 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.

Post should include the phrase Weekend Herb Blogging and a link to the rules and to your host.

You can post anytime during the week but remember to email your host by the deadline which is:

* 3pm Sunday - Utah Time
* 10pm Sunday - London Time
* 11pm Sunday - Rome Time
* 7am Monday - Melbourne

You can find the corresponding time in your area here


Send your email to winnieabramson AT yahoo DOT com
with WHB#230 in the subject line and the following details:
  • Your Name
  • Your Blog Name/URL
  • Your Post URL
  • Your Location
  • A photo: 400px wide

Monday, April 12, 2010

Weekend Herb Blogging #229 Hosting


This week our host will be Katie from Eat This!

To participate:


Post about any herb, plant, fruit, vegetable or flower - 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.

Post should include the phrase Weekend Herb Blogging and a link to the rules and to your host.

You can post anytime during the week but remember to email your host by the deadline.

Send your posts to knorthc AT gmail DOT com
with WHB#229 in the subject line and the following details
  • Your Name
  • Your Blog Name/URL
  • Your Post URL
  • Your Location
  • A photo: 300px wide
Emails must be received by:
  • 3pm Sunday Utah Time
  • 10pm Sunday London Time
  • 11pm Sunday Rome Time
  • 7am Monday Melbourne Australia Time
You can find the corresponding time in your area here

Friday, April 09, 2010

Monday, April 05, 2010

Weekend Herb Blogging #227 - Recap


I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter break and that there's still some room for a few more dishes courtesy of this weeks recap.

As usual, I've sorted the entries by main ingredient. If I've left anyone out or the details are incorrect, please let me know and I'll fix it straight away.

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Time for Action - Stop 43

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I wish I could say this was an April Fool's joke but it isn't.

If you're unaware of the UK Digital Economy Bill and in particular Clause 43 then I must direct you to  Stop 43 where you can get the full details. If you think it won't effect you because you aren't in UK, think again and head to that link.

What is at stake are our rights, our copyrights, our moral rights. We as photographers should be the ones deciding how and if our work is used - it most certainly should not be left to government.

The bill sets out to deal with, amongst many things, the issue of Orphan Works. Orphan works are works for which no owner/creator can be found and without finding an owner these works have been unable to be exploited.

In comes the UK Digital Economy Bill to bulldoze its way through that impasse.

The crux of Clause 43 is this
if someone finds your photograph, wants to use it and decides that they can’t trace you, they can do whatever they like with it after paying an arbitrary fee to a UK Government-appointed “licensing body”
Read that and then read again - they can do WHATEVER they like with your work. You may be thinking well my work isn't an orphan, I have identification on it this won't effect me - you're in for a nasty surprise.

There's now something called Extended Collective Licensing
if someone finds your photograph and can trace you, they still don’t have to contact you for permission to use it. They can go to a UK Government-appointed “collecting society” and ask them instead. They’ll pay an arbitrary fee and be able to do whatever they like with the photograph
This strips away any pretence of copyright - you'll have no rights. They won't have to ask and they don't have to tell.

All I can do is put this out there for people in the UK to see and take action on and I urge every other blogger to make mention of this issue on their websites so that their readers in the UK can see just how damaging this act is going to be.

If you are in the UK you must write to your member of parliament as the second reading of this bill will be held on April 6th - time is of the essence. You must stand up and have your voice heard. If you think one voice won't do anything, think again - a mighty waterfall begins with a trickle.


Further Information
Facebook Group
Sign the Petition at Number10.gov.uk
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