You see, as much as I had fallen in love with the country, I was terribly disillusioned with their educational system.
Iloveflavour Jr had not had a good experience of the Italian educational system.
I knew, that against my own personal emotions, it would be better for him that we returned to the UK for the new school year.
And so we did.
It was incredibly hard as both of us had to leave many dear friends behind, but they will always been in our hearts.
As for Iloveflavour Jr, he is now blooming in his new school, has made many new friends and is incredibly happy.
So we've been so busy relocating, I am guilty of having severly neglected the blog in turn.
My dear friend Rebecca from Chow and Chatter suggested that in honour of my experience in Italy and of the lovely people we met there, I should write a kind of diary of memoirs, expressing all the little foodie quirks and curiosities I experienced in the time I lived there.
So folks, that is what I propose to do over the next few months.
So why the chocolate cake, I hear you ask. Well for two reasons.
Firstly, because I found that Italian people in general have a very sweet tooth and most of their cakes and sweets have a much higher sugar content than the ones in the UK.
Secondly because the cake you see her was the one I made for my Italian students to celebrate one of their birthdays. It has, therefore, a very special meaning to me.
As for the cake itself, I couldn't give you the recipe as it couldn't be simpler.
Here's an idea.
Make two circular sponge cakes.
Place a layer of sweetened single cream and sliced strawberries on one of them.
Place the second sponge cake on top.
Cover with chocolate icing (melted milk chocolate and icing sugar)
There you go.
Indeed an experience I will never forget!!