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Panettone is too good to waste

29 December, 2016

We all enjoy panettone at Christmas time but usually we end up with leftovers that we don’t know what to do with. Panettone is far too good to throw out so we decided to use the excess to make these delicious Bellini desserts which are surprisingly simple to prepare but look incredibly stylish and will […]

A Very Italian Christmas

20 December, 2016

When it comes to Christmas, Italians do things the traditional way.  The very essence of the season is family, love, and food (and a love of food!).  There’s also a great respect for festive customs dating back many years which are shared from generation to generation. The Italian Christmas season generally lasts 3 weeks and begins on 17th December when […]

Lunch break Italian style!

7 December, 2016

We have a fantastic job visiting our Italian amici and enjoying a taste of the lifestyle and culture, not to mention the delicious food. This week Danilo, one of our lovely amici who makes some of our wonderful Italian biscuits, very kindly sent us some fresh pasta and a delicious vegetable sauce for us to […]

The life and (foodie) love of a literary detective

27 April, 2016

  Donna Leon’s Venetian detective novels featuring Commissario Guido Brunetti have long been celebrated for their descriptions of Italian – specifically Venetian – food and drink. Over twenty Commissario Brunetti novels have been written now, all situated in or around Venice. However, it was not long after the fourth novel was published that readers began […]

Turning over a thousand new leaves with some home baking help

5 April, 2016

Say ‘bonjourno’ to our wonderful new home baking help, now on sale in Tesco! Millefoglie (pronounced “Meel/leh Fohl/yeh) is the Italian version of the French pastry mille-feuille (meaning “thousands leaves”). Traditionally these are layered with cream or Mascarpone and topped with fruit and dusted with icing sugar for desserts, celebrations or high tea. We have […]

How do you like your eggs this Easter?

17 March, 2016

Traditionally, people didn’t eat eggs in the days preceding Easter so any eggs laid that week were saved and decorated to make them ‘Holy Week eggs’, then given to children as gifts. The Victorians adapted the tradition with satin covered cardboard eggs filled with Easter gifts. Chocolate versions came along shortly after and the rest, […]

Gooey Chocolate Cantuccini Pots

1 March, 2016

Create an Easter treat with this simple gooey chocolatey & crunchy dessert… what more could you want at Easter! Makes: Approx 8 pots Preparation time: 20 minutes Ingredients For the base: 100g Arden & Amici Chocolate Chunk Cantuccini (crushed) 100g Digestives crushed 100g Butter For the Chocolate Mousse: ½ Pint of single cream 200g 70% […]

Arden and Amore

5 February, 2016

Today young Italian couples show their eternal love all year round by attaching a padlock to railings and bridges in the name of a lover – and throwing away the key. They are called Lucchetti dell’Amore or Locks of Love, and you can find them glistening in the bright Italian sunshine almost everywhere you look […]

Five things to do with leftover Panettone

5 January, 2016

We all love a sweet Panettone. In the beginning, we ate from it hungrily, sliced and dipped in our milky mid-morning coffee or toasted and buttered for breakfast. We snacked on it night and day. But there is still a little more to go. So what to do? We thought we’d bring you five amazing […]

Christmas food all wrapped up – Arden & Amici style

3 December, 2015

Exactly how do Italians like to give and wrap presents at Christmas? Is it all holly and ivy – or is there a more flamboyant etiquette at play? For Italians the ultimate present is gourmet food or drink. And preferably classic Italian – and why shouldn’t they? Remember this is the nation that gave us […]

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