The second that I finished interviewing author Zoë Ferraris, I had to try Umm Ali. After multiple attempts to perfect the recipe, and about a million calories later, I think I have a winner. The best part is, the dessert looks deceptively fancy. By using frozen puff pastry, it cut down the prep time by half. Umm Ali would be a fun sweet to make for a Finding Nouf book club party. You can find out more about Zoë Ferraris’ page-turning mystery here. Continue reading
Matteo strolled towards the Piazzetta, watching the sun lower over the Gran Caffè.
It was a perfect spring afternoon with only a single cloud drifting across the Mediterranean sky. Warm bands of sunlight cast prisms in the waves. Bright pink bougainvillea blossoms fluttered in the cool breeze. With the last of the ferries leaving the port, Capri was restored to the beautiful island Matteo once adored.
The clock tower struck six. Moments later, he heard the sound of sandals flopping on the concrete steps. Continue reading
Matteo spotted Emily dressed in jeans and blue velvet blazer, parting the flow of business travelers.
For a moment he hesitated, watching her wander towards the luggage carousel. Emily’s dark wavy hair, the way her full lips pursed in seriousness, and that unmistakable strength in her petite frame, were just the same. And though she had become a beautiful young woman, her knowing eyes were less confidant than before.
Matteo smiled at Emily and waved. In seconds, she tripped over the corner of a man’s carry-on.
“Emily!” Matteo sprung forward. He held her arms, helping her to stand. “Stai bene?”
“I’m all right.” Emily said. “It’s good to see you again.”
“It’s good to see you too.” Matteo kissed her cheeks, catching a hint of her strawberry shampoo. “Let’s go find your luggage.”
“Where’s Alina?” Emily asked.
“She’s waiting in the car.”