Monthly Archives: August 2011

Window slats and the naming of a dish: la Parmigiana di Melanzane

Eggplant parmeshan, is how I know North Americans call this dish.  Aubergine Parmigiana is what Jamie Oliver calls it (http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/pasta-recipes/melanzane-alla-parmigiana-aubergine), wrongly stating that this dish hails from Northern Italy.  Blasphemy!  This dish is the quintessence of the South!  Originating in … Continue reading

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Improvising a very peppery lamb stew – Peposo di Castrato

Life can be very kind with its surprises and one of them, for me, was the fairly recent discovery of a Sardinian shepherd making fantastic ricotta, primosale and pecorino cheeses within easy driving, if not walking, distance of where we … Continue reading

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Classic Tomato Sauces, part 3 – My favourite garlic-based Sugo di Pomodoro

I think it might be my favourite sugo, in part, because it packs in a lot of taste with relatively little effort.  This one uses garlic as opposed to onion … but is not ‘garlicky’ at all, just tasty — … Continue reading

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Classic tomato sauce using soffritto (Classic Tomato sauces, part 2)

Once you have made the basic tomato sauce (see yesterday’s post), you can decide how to flavour it. The most classic of all tomato sauces or ‘sugo’ is one that includes chopped up carrot, onion and celery (this is known as a … Continue reading

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Sugo-Time and the going is easy – How to make ‘the’ basic tomato sauce (Classic Tomato Sauces part 1)

Summertime …. and the going is easy … and tomato sauce (sugo) is indispensable.  Spaghetti ‘al pomodoro’, i.e. spaghetti in a tomato sauce, is probably the most basic of all pasta dishes … and the most beloved by children, not to … Continue reading

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polpette di melanzane

These round edible ‘spheres’ in the photo above are basically made with aubergine and bread, and are known as ‘polpette di melanzane’.  The word ‘polpetta’ which must derive semantically from ‘pulp’ one way or another, is used to describe any … Continue reading

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Spaghetti alla Norma

Friend Pierfrancesco brought me a basket of goodies freshly picked from his ‘orto’, his vegetable garden … so beautiful it almost makes you weep! So …. I decided to make a tomato sauce (sugo) to go along with diced and fried … Continue reading

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