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Affogato – Vanilla Ice Cream with Espresso

Espresso with Ice CreamSome weeks back I was given an Nespresso machine as a birthday gift 🙂  and when I opened the box I was hoping George Clooney might have made  a surprise appearance… I think he may have been a bit busy! But like George Clooney in the advertisement for Nespressoice cream and coffee are perfect partners in the culinary world. I am soooo in “coffee love” with my Nespresso machine, which are effortless to use. At the Nespresso store in Bahrain’s City Center Mall, you can try samples of the coffee before buying, very helpful when choosing your favorites.

Espresso with Ice CreamAffogato is a classic Italian dessert which consists of a scoop of vanilla ice cream drowned in a shot of hot espresso. The contrast in the hot and cold, sweet and bitter makes this dessert very pleasurable to eat. Affogato makes a wonderful after dinner dessert, combining dessert and coffee into one. Of course you don’t have to limit yourself to having this simple treat at dinner parties… I don’t. If you want a coffee flavored ice cream… have an Affogato… it’s that simple.

Affogato

Ingredients:

  • 4 generous scoops of a good quality vanilla ice cream
  • 4 shots of freshly brewed espresso

How to serve: Place a scoop of ice cream into a cup or dish, pour over the hot espresso. Serve immediately. Serves 4

Toaster Bag Cheese, Tomato and Fresh Basil Sandwich

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It’s hard to beat a simple cheese toasty. Years ago I had an electric sandwich toaster which stopped working and I never replaced it. Afterwards I used the electric grill  to make grilled sandwiches and panini. About a year ago I came across these sturdy non-stick toaster bags from Lakeland which are so handy for making toasted sandwiches. All you do is, prepare your favorite cheese sandwich with some added tasty fillings, put the sandwich into the toaster bag and place into the toaster… a few minutes later your perfectly melted, golden brown cheese toasty is ready to enjoy. Continue reading

Vegetable Soup and a Review of 2013

vegetable soup-0251-2The festivities have come to an end, many rich foods were enjoyed and now the fridge and freezer are almost empty… simple food is craved once again. With the last remaining vegetables I decided to make a pot of soup. Nothing fancy, no special ingredients just a tasty wholesome bowl of soup, served with thick slices of home-made brown bread on the side. You might say I am kicking off the new year with a healthy start but it more comes down to what’s left on the vegetable rack. The soups flavor is determined by the combination of vegetables used and sometimes I like to throw in a granny smith apple for its sweet-tart flavor. I would have used fresh turkey stock but as my good friend Sarah had taken charge of Christmas Day and did an amazing job (I did boxing day), I had no turkey to cook. Continue reading

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