Friday, December 30, 2011

Dark Chocolate and Prune Cake

It's been quite a busy last couple of months so when it came to the issue of making a christmas pudding, I was on the hunt for a little less time consuming alternative. I found the answer in this simple yet luxurious Dark Chocolate and Prune cake from Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall.

You might be thinking there's nothing luxurious about prunes but these prunes have been soaked overnight in brandy turning them into deliciously soft and boozy pockets of joy. In fact they are so good, I've upped the content in the recipe which should leave you with some extra to sneakily scoff while you're making the cake.

dark chocolate and prune cake© by Haalo


Monday, December 19, 2011

Weekend Herb Blogging #314 - Recap


Another WHB year is over but never fear we will be back again next year. We have a fine array of dishes that share a festive feel. As usual I've presented the posts in order of main ingredient.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Rolled Spelt Crackers

For the last Weekend Herb Blogging of the year which is being hosted here, I'll be putting to good use these interesting rolled spelt flakes.

rolled spelt© by Haalo


Monday, December 12, 2011

Weekend Herb Blogging #314 Hosting


It's the last edition of Weekend Herb Blogging for the year and this week I will be hosting.

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) DS Time
As it is a busy time of year I'll extend that deadline to midday monday just to give you a bit more time.

Send your posts to whb AT cookalmostanything DOT com
with WHB#314 in the subject line and the following details:
  • Your name
  • Your Blog/URL
  • Your Post URL
  • Your Location
  • Attach a Photo: 300px wide

If you'd like to keep track with the Italian version of WHB - this week you'll find that it's hosted by the fabulous Brii

Monday, December 05, 2011

Weekend Herb Blogging #313 Hosting


This week Marta from Mangiare è un po'come viaggiarewill 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 all 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 or if you seek inspiration, then a stroll through the archives is a great place to start.

Send your entries to martarin At alice DOT it
with WHB#313 in subject line and the following details:

  • Your Name
  • Your Blog Name/URL
  • Your Post URL
  • Your location
  • A photo: 400px wide

Your entries need to be received by:

  • 3pm Sunday - Utah Time
  • 9pm Sunday - London Time
  • 10pm Sunday - Rome Time
  • 8am Monday - Melbourne DS Time

Monday, November 28, 2011

Weekend Herb Blogging #312 Hosting


This week Rinku from Cooking in Westchester is back to host 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) DS Time

Send your posts to rinkub AT aol DOT com
with WHB#312 in the subject line and the following details:
Your name
Your Blog/URL
Your Post URL
Your Location
Attach a Photo: 300px wide


If you want even more WHB - then do check out the Italian version of Weekend Herb Blogging - hosted this week by Cinzia from Cindystar

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Monday, November 21, 2011

Weekend Herb Blogging #311 Hosting


Brii has been the driving force behind the Italian version of Weekend Herb Blogging and this week marks its first anniversary and to celebrate Brii will be the hosting both editions - and there's also a lovely prize on offer.

To take part:

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
  • 10pm Sunday - London Time
  • 11pm Sunday - Rome Time
  • 8am Monday - Melbourne DS Time
Send your posts to briiblog AT gmail DOT com
with WHB#311 in the subject line and the following details:
  • Your name
  • Your Blog Name/URL
  • Your Post URL
  • Your location
  • A photo, 300 px wide

Monday, November 14, 2011

Weekend Herb Blogging #310 Hosting


Weekend Herb Blogging is heading over to Italy where Cristina from La Cucina di Cristina will be hosting both the English and Italian versions.

While it's called Weekend Herb Blogging we don't limit ourselves to just posts dealing with herbs - we celebrate all 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 or if you seek inspiration, then a stroll through the archives is a great place to start.

Send your entries to cucinadicristina AT gmail DOT com
with WHB#310 in subject line and the following details:
  • Your Name
  • Your Blog Name/URL
  • Your Post URL
  • Your location
  • A photo: 300px wide

Your entries need to be received by:
  • 3pm Sunday - Utah Time
  • 9pm Sunday - London Time
  • 10pm Sunday - Rome Time
  • 8am Monday - Melbourne DS Time

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Black and White Wednesday #18

The issue of taking photos of food in restaurants is one that is constantly being brought up - whether it's by media doing its usual bit of dog whistling in a vein attempt to stay relevant - or restaurant owners/chefs that believe that all publicity is good publicity. Yes, there are legitimate issues and there are right and wrong ways to take photos in restaurants - no, you don't take a tripod to dinner with you;  I'll like to never see another table full of bloggers and their slr's snapping away constantly for five minutes at the appearance at each dish and finally I'd love to see the flash button permanently disabled but hey, a discretely taken photo shouldn't be an issue.

So for this Black and White Wednesday hosted by the unflappable Susan from The Well-Seasoned Cook, I thought I'd include a photo that always brings a smile to my face.

Vue de Monde© by Haalo
Even the Chef takes photos of his food

Monday, November 07, 2011

Weekend Herb Blogging #308 - Recap


It's been a great pleasure to host this edition of Weekend Herb Blogging - through the week delicious dishes from around the world have been appearing in my inbox. One of the things I love about WHB is how we can see the seasons progress around the world - with winter approaching in the northern hemisphere, you'll find an excellent selection of preserves. I'm sure there's going to be something here to get those tastebuds working.

Without further delay, onto the recipes - they have been arranged alphabetically by main ingredient.

Weekend Herb Blogging #309 Hosting


Weekend Herb Blogging is back in Melbourne where the lovely Anh from A Food Lover's Journey will be our host.

To take part:

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.

Your posts need to include the phrase Weekend Herb Blogging with a link to your host (Anh) and to the WHB rules.

As always entries should be submitted by the following times:

  • 3pm Sunday - Utah Time
  • 10pm Sunday - London Time
  • 11pm Sunday - Rome Time
  • 9am Monday - Melbourne DS Time
Send your posts to anhnguyen118 AT gmail DOT com
with WHB#309 in the subject line and the following details:
  • Your name
  • Your Blog Name/URL
  • Your Post URL
  • Your location
  • A photo: 300px wide

Don't forget, the Italian version of Weekend Herb Blogging is also on, hosted by Kris from Tutto a Occhio

Saturday, November 05, 2011

Monday, October 31, 2011

Weekend Herb Blogging turns 6


Way back in what seems the dawn of blogging (2005) when weekends had been set aside for dog and cat blogging, Kalyn decided as a bit of fun, to post photos of the plants in her garden. From that simple act, Weekend Herb Blogging has grown to be a celebration of those humble, plant-based ingredients we use everyday and for the last year, it has been a great pleasure to see the introduction of the Italian version of Weekend Herb Blogging.

I would like to thank all the bloggers who take part, without you there wouldn't be a WHB and to those that each week volunteer to host the English -
Anh, Astrid, Chriesi, Chris, Cinzia, Graziana, Huan, Janet, Katie, Min, Lynne, Rachel, Rinku, Simona, Susan, Winnie and Yasmeen
and Italian versions -
Ancutza, Aitina, Branca & Conchita, Brii, ElenaFiorella, Kris, Libera, Marta, Simona and Terry

From next week we'll also have a shiny new logo:


As part of WHB's birthday celebration, everyone that joins in this week will go into a draw to receive a choice of the following:




The latest from Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall - River Cottage Veg Everyday or the classic by Alice Waters - Chez Panisse Vegetables. Either would be a great addition to any cookbook collection.

For those taking part in the Italian version - this week it will be hosted by Brii, they will go into the draw for:

Cucina Regionale - Ricette di Osteria d'Italia.

So how do you take part - it's very simple.

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#308 in the subject line and the following details:
  • Your name
  • Your Blog/URL
  • Your Post URL
  • Your Location
  • Attach a photo: 300px wide

The email will need to get to me by the following times:
  • 3pm Sunday - Utah Time
  • 10pm Sunday - London Time
  • 11pm Sunday - Rome Time
  • 9pm Monday - Melbourne DS Time

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Monday, October 24, 2011

Weekend Herb Blogging #307 Hosting


This week the talented 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. You can find more information by checking out the WHB rules.

Send your entries to lynnylu AT gmail DOT com
with WHB#307 in subject line and the following details:
  • Your Name
  • Your Blog Name/URL
  • Your Post URL
  • Your location
  • A photo: 400px wide

Your entries need to be received by:
  • 3pm Sunday - Utah Time
  • 9pm Sunday - London Time
  • 10pm Sunday - Rome Time
  • 8am Monday - Melbourne DS Time

Don't forget you can also keep track of the Italian version of WHB - hosted by Elena from Zibaldone Culinario.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Plum Crostata

Susan from The Well-Seasoned Cook is hosting this edition of Weekend Herb Blogging and this week I've channelled my inner little Jack Horner and pulled out a whole lot of plums.

plums© by Haalo

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Black and White Wednesday #15

As always B&W Wednesday is hosted by Susan from The Well-Seasoned Cook who this week is also hosting Weekend Herb Blogging.

The photo this week is taken around one of Bologna's Medieval market streets - Via Pescheria Vecchie and is fairly self explanatory.


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This little piggy went to market...

Monday, October 17, 2011

Weekend Herb Blogging #306 Hosting


The amazing Susan from The Well-Seasoned Cook is hosting this edition of Weekend Herb Blogging.

If you haven't taken part or it's been a while, here's a quick summary of the rules.

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

Your post can be informative - spotlight a particular ingredient and include information about how they are used in cooked 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.

Entries must 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 thewellseasonedcook AT yahoo DOT com
with WHB#306 in the subject line and the following details:
  • Your name
  • Your Blog/URL
  • Your Post URL
  • Your Location
  • Please include a photo sized:400px wide

Don't forget that the Italian edition of Weekend Herb Blogging is hosted this week by Simona from Simona's Kitchen.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Frittelle di Mele

The lovely Cinzia from Cindystar is hosting both the English and Italian editions of Weekend Herb Blogging and this week I've found an American apple in Italy called Stayman.


Stayman Apple© by Haalo


Friday, October 14, 2011

Chocolate, Hazelnut and Ricotta Tart

Today is the start of Eurochocolate so it's fitting that this posting has a chocolate theme to it. There's one particular product you'll see a lot of in Eurochocolate and that is, unsurprisingly, Nutella.

But I've recently discovered an artisan alternative called Nocciolape - a mix of hazelnut, cacao and acacia honey

Nocciolape© by Haalo

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Black and White Wednesday #14

It's time for another Black & White Wednesday hosted by the fabulous Susan from The Well-Seasoned Cook

Corks© by Haalo


As a bit of fun we've been keeping the corks and caps from the wines we've enjoyed during our trip - this collection started in Paris and has moved through Piemonte with the latest additions coming from Emilia-Romagna. Ah, if these corks could talk..

Monday, October 10, 2011

Weekend Herb Blogging #305 Hosting


Both the English and Italian editions of Weekend Herb Blogging will be hosted by the fabulous Cinzia from Cindystar.

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 cmc AT cindystar DOT it
with WHB#305 in subject line and the following details:

  • Your Name
  • Your Blog Name/URL
  • Your Post URL
  • Your location
  • A photo: 300px wide

Your entries need to be received by:

  • 3pm Sunday - Utah Time
  • 10pm Sunday - London Time
  • 11pm Sunday - Rome Time
  • 8am Monday - Melbourne DS Time

Sunday, October 09, 2011

Piadina con Culatello

Here I am in the capital of the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy and the food item you'll see just about everywhere is Piadina.

Piadina is the unleaven flatbread of the region and I have made it for this blog back in 2006 (gosh, time flies). While I make a pretty good version of it back in Australia I'm curious to see how it compares with the "real version".

One of the more traditional fillings for Piadina is prosciutto but I felt like having something a little more special so I've chosen the ultimate prosciutto - Culatello

Culatello© by Haalo

Saturday, October 08, 2011

Borettane Onion Tart

Chris from Mele Cotte is hosting this edition of Weekend Herb Blogging and this week I've been moving "home" from Piemonte to Emilia-Romagna but I'm still enjoying the wonderful produce of the country like these fabulous Borettane Onions.

Borettane Onions© by Haalo

Monday, October 03, 2011

Weekend Herb Blogging #304 Hosting


The wonderful Chris from Mele Cotte will be hosting this edition of Weekend Herb Blogging.

If you haven't taken part or it's been a while since you last joined in, here's a quick summary of the rules.

You have the week to post about any herb, fruit, vegetable, nut, 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.

Complete information can be found here.

You can post any time during the week but remember to send your email by the following cut-off times:

  • 3pm Sunday - Utah Time
  • 10pm Sunday - London Time
  • 11pm Sunday - Rome Time
  • 8am Monday - Melbourne (Aus) DS Time

Send your entries to melecotte AT gmail DOT com with WHB#304 in the subject line and the following:
  • Your Name
  • Your Blog Name/URL
  • Your Post URL
  • Your Location
  • A photo: 250px wide


You can also keep up with the Italian version of Weekend Herb Blogging - this week Marta from Viaggiare è un po’ come mangiare will be hosting.

Saturday, October 01, 2011

Fonduta con Tartufo Bianco

Winnie from Healthy Green Kitchen is hosting this edition of Weekend Herb Blogging. This week marks the official start of the White Truffle Season, so it makes sense that the ingredient I'm featuring has to be Alba White Truffle!

Alba White Truffle© by Haalo


Friday, September 30, 2011

Carne Cruda all'albese

There's a dish I've probably eaten more of in the last few weeks than I have in all the previous years combined. I enjoyed the versions of it I found in Paris and now in Piemonte, you'll find it just about on every menu. You'll know it by its more familiar name steak tartare but here it's called carne cruda.

For steak tartare, the cut of meat most commonly used is eye fillet, which although tender isn't the most flavoursome piece of meat. For carne cruda, you use "fesa di vitello" or veal breast. To get exactly the right type of meat I've returned to my favourite butcher. After explaining what I wanted to make and for how many, he gave a nod and a smile as he headed to his special glass doored fridge in the wall to retrieve the veal breast. A minute or so later, it was done and I had this beautiful array of finely sliced veal before me.

sliced veal breast© by Haalo

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Black and White Wednesday #12

One of the things that I've most loved about being here in Italy and in particular this town, is the open air market that rolls through the streets three times a week.

The subject for Black & White Wednesday, hosted by the indefatigable Susan from The Well-Seasoned Cook is one of the large trucks that make up the market - this one is a deli that any cured meat or cheese lover would want to have access to.


Market Van© by Haalo

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Fegato di Vitello e Salvia

There are lots of things that I love about being in Italy and having the luxury of, if just for a while, living in Italy. I do adore the proper butcher shops that I have a great pleasure of frequenting - I love the simplicity of their meat cabinets. Instead of an array of pre-portioned cuts we see the meat presented in much simpler forms.

At my first visit I was immediately drawn to the beautiful veal liver displayed before me and when two perfectly fine slices were cut, well, I think I've found butcher heaven.

Veal Liver© by Haalo


Monday, September 26, 2011

Weekend Herb Blogging #303 Hosting


The wonderful Winnie from Healthy Green Kitchen is hosting this edition 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 winnie AT healthygreenkitchen DOT com
with WHB#303 in subject line and the following details:

  • Your Name
  • Your Blog Name/URL
  • Your Post URL
  • Your location
  • A photo: 400px wide

Your entries need to be received by:

  • 3pm Sunday - Utah Time
  • 10pm Sunday - London Time
  • 11pm Sunday - Rome Time
  • 7am Monday - Melbourne (AUS) Time

If you're looking for even more WHB, the Italian version is being hosted here in Piedmonte by Ancutza from Matrioska's Adventures.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Giardiniera "Piemontese"

Astrid from Paulchen's Foodblog is hosting this edition of Weekend Herb Blogging but I must take the time to send my condolences as Astrid has had a very sad week with the unexpected passing of her beloved dog Ben. There are really no words that can take away the pain but know that there are many that will have you in their thoughts.

As I'm still enjoying the Piedmonte region of Italy, the focus of this WHB post is on one of the more prolific crops of the area - Peperoni

Capsicum© by Haalo


Friday, September 23, 2011

Crostini Con Lardo

While my first purchase in Italy was a coffee and my second was a black truffle my third purchase was the irresistible Lardo.

Lardo© by Haalo


Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Black and White Wednesday #11

It's been a busy and tiring four days at this years Slow Cheese held in Bra, Italy and for this week's Black and White Wednesday I've turned a monochrome eye on Cheese.


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With literally thousands of cheeses on display and available for tasting and purchasing, it's a difficult task to select just one photo.

Be sure to visit Susan at The Well-Seasoned Cook to check out this weeks gallery - judging on previous weeks it is a must see for lovers of b&w photography.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Weekend Herb Blogging #302 Hosting


The lovely Astrid from Paulchen's Foodblog is hosting this edition of Weekend Herb Blogging.

To participate:

The rules are simple - post about any herb, fruit, seed, nut, vegetable, 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.

Entries must be submitted by:

  • 3pm Sunday - Utah Time
  • 10pm Sunday - London Time
  • 11pm Sunday - Rome Time
  • 7am Monday - Melbourne (Aus) Time


Send your email to foodblog AT paulchens DOT org
with WHB#302 in the subject and the following details:

  • Your Name
  • Your Blog Name/URL
  • Your Post URL
  • Your Location
  • A photo: 400px wide


Don't forget you can also keep track of the Italian version of Weekend Herb Blogging - this week it is hosted by Terry from Crumpets & Co

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Black and White Wednesday #10

I missed last weeks Black and White Wednesday as I was somewhere between Melbourne and Paris but as this Wednesday is my last day in Paris, I thought I'd mark the occasion with a little tipple.


bordeaux© by haalo


Be sure to check in with Susan at The Well-Seasoned Cook to see the latest photos from this week.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Weekend Herb Blogging #301 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
  • 7am Monday - Melbourne (Aus) Time
Send your posts to scrivi AT erbeincucina DOT it
with WHB#301 as the subject and the following details
  • Your Name
  • Your Blog/URL
  • Your Post URL
  • Your Location
  • A photo, 300 px wide

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Saturday, September 10, 2011

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