Il dolce di San Martino. Patron saint of the town of Paese, Province of Treviso, Italy. St. Martin’s cake.


250 grams of flour
100 grams of sugar
2 ml vanilla extract
140 grams of butter
1 egg yolk
A pinch of salt

Mix above ingredients + roll out dough. Sprinkle some flour if dough is too soft.
Roll out dough using a rolling pin.
If you have a St. Martin shape cake cutter, then use it to cut the dough.
If you don’t have it, then you can always use a cut out cardboard with the shape of St. Martin on his horse. ( you can get some ideas of how to draw and cut the shape from images that you can find in internet).

Preheat oven at 160°C for10 minutes

Bake at 170°C for 12 – not more than 15 minutes!

Decorate with melted dark chocolate(bain-marie) + sprinkle or decorate cake before chocolate becomes hard.


Il gruppo del Cristallo…

While I was looking at some pictures taken during summer, precisely, on the 15th of August “Ferragosto” here in Italy, I came across these three pictures of the same mountain but seen from 3 different points…and I thought, sometimes in life, just like in these pictures, it is how we look at something that can make the difference. Our point of view is often a product of how we were brought up and from the different situations that we met in our journey through life. I thought…the essence of nature has the power to bring me heartwarming thoughts of love and beauty.


EMPANADAS…this is one of the dishes served at home during special occasions. The only thing that I have changed is that I baked them instead of frying them and since someone in the family did not like the taste of raisins, I decided not to include them in the filling. Years have gone by, yet, I have not forgotten those moments spent with persons that have given me a glimpse of the positive side of every human being. The family gatherings and those busy preparing special and particular delicacies, have dropped a special golden coin in my chest of golden memories. Empanada is a dish but I see it to be an instrument of how love and joy can be passed on.