food history
Baci Di Dama

Baci Di Dama

These famous seductive and fragrant cookies are a masterpiece of Itallian pastry, specialty of the Piedmontese city Tortona. The legend says they were made in 1800 by a chef trying to impress king Vittorio Emanuelle. The cookies were meant to remind of a kiss between two lovers. This recipe is from La Cucina degli Italiani...
Pavlova

Pavlova

Master technique and then forget about it and be natural. Ana Pavlova Pavlova (original recipe) 3 egg whites 150 g sugar fresh seasonal fruits whipped heavy cream This dessert was created to honor Russian ballerina Ana Pavlova eather by a New Zealand or Australian chef. Hard to say really as she was touring both countries...
Grissini

Grissini

The legend says that the first grissini were made in the 17th century in Turin. Apparently, a young duke Vittorio Amedeo II of Savoy had problems with digestion and the court doctor commissioned court baker Antonio Brunero to make a bread as light as possible. The bread cured the duke, of course :), and soon,...
Rab Cake

Rab Cake

It is believed that this cake was first served in 1177. to Pope Alexander III when he blessed Rab island Cathedral. What is certain is that it was a specialty during the rule of Venice over 300 years ago, and it was only served in the homes of island’s wealthy families. The original recipe and...
Esterhasy Torte

Esterhasy Torte

It’s this blog’s second birthday today! I made this cake two months ago, but decided not to post about it until today. Wanted to share something really exceptional with you today, and this cake is exactly that. It was made somewhere in 19th century to honor Pál Antal Esterházy, minister in Austro-Hungarian Empire. And although...
Doboš Torte

Doboš Torte

The most famous Hungarian cake in the world, Doboš Torte, was first made for the Hungarian state exhibition in 1885. It was made out of 8 separately baked layers of biscuit spread over with a cooked buttercream. The torte’s author was a cook and a pastry chef, owner of a delicacy store and a pastry...
Šljivko, The Forgotten Serbian cookie

Šljivko, The Forgotten Serbian cookie

This is Šljivko – a forgotten Serbian cookie that I bought last weekend in Sirogojno.