Alright so this is not necessarily an 'Italian Platter', but my love for platters as meals definitely stems from my Italian heritage. The only component of this platter that's not Italian is the hummus and pita bread (maybe carrot sticks???). Other aspects may be more French, however I have a French great-grandmother and am not too fastidious when it comes to separating the two.
My first recipe of 2018 is for this vanilla sponge cake topped with fresh blueberries that I made whilst staying in a cottage in Underberg at a place called Lake Naverone. The first few days of our holiday were quite cold and wet so all I wanted was hot tea and a slice of cake.
As the days start to get a little longer, the sun a little warmer, and the number of days to the summer holiday a little shorter I start to crave a good old G&T more and more. On one particularly warm day a week or two ago I took it upon myself to do some experimenting with gin garnishes so that my family and I could soak up the sun with some refreshments in hand.