Blog anniversary and Gordon Ramsay’s chocolate and pistachio semifreddo

GRsmfrd4In every job that must be done

There is an element of fun

You find the fun and snap!

The job’s a game!

I’m a big fan of Mary Poppins. The Disney version, at least. And I couldn’t find anything better than the opening lines for A Spoonful Of Sugar to describe what the past year has been like.

One year ago today, I clicked that button that created AlaLemon.com, and it has been one very unexpected yet fun ride. I was reflecting on that recently, and I realised how much I am enjoying it.

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Ireland: Beef & Guinness stew

Stew3If you like cooking and/or you’re following cooking sites/blogs/pages, then you certainly have noticed the flood of shamrock, chocolate and rainbow-coloured foods, with the occasional pot of gold thrown in (leprechaun is optional). That is because March 17th is St. Patrick’s Day (or Lá Fhéile Pádraig), the celebration of Ireland’s patron saint.

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Nutella frangipane empanadas

Empanadas4-2Did you know today was World Nutella Day? Yup! It’s that one day when you can eat all the Nutella you want, any way you want it, and no one can tell you anything! Sounds nice, doesn’t it?

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Tipsy chocolate cupcakes with raspberry frosting

Cupcake 2Today is a special day. Today is … never mind! Who’s counting?

Anyway, because it’s a celebration day, and because I have the kitchen for myself, that implies baking your own cake … or cakes for that matter. Because why have one cake when you can have several?

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Chocolate tartlets

Tartelette1One of the upsides of having to leave unexpectedly for a long period of time is that, culinary speaking, and as you have to empty the fridge as fast as humanly possible, it can get your creative juices flowing. Or at least, it can make you to do things you intended on doing but didn’t dare doing or never got around to doing until then.

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