Donut or doughnut?


Every Christmas my French Canadian mother-in-law used to make donuts just like the ones in this photo which we’d all scramble for. It seems that donuts have been a Christmas tradition in many cultures.

“Different takes on doughnuts are to be found on every Italian table during Christmas festivities,” says food writer Eleonora Galasso, whose first cookbook As the Romans Do will be published in 2016. “They’re called different names in each of the 20 regions: roccocò in Naples, cuddureddi in Sicily, torcetti in Piedmont, ciambelline al vino in Rome. In the different shape of these doughnuts you can find both Pagan and Christian symbols.” Katy Salter (The Trendiest Festive Snack in Town).

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Happy Halloween

Wishing you all a Happy Halloween 


Suzy Paradise, one of my characters in The Dating Club,  would like to open her own pastry shop. Here are some marzipan pastries which she made for Halloween.

In truth, I stole these pastries photos from my daughter, Catherine, who is studying to become a pastry chef.

You can see more pastries by clicking photography on the menu bar and then go to Catherine’s pastries.