Monthly Archives: February 2012

Soup Series – Salad Soup

What can be nicer or more welcomed than a nourishing hot soup when the weather is really cold?  Repeat: cold. So highly-held in my family’s culinary tradition was the conviction that soup is incomparably good for one, that we had … Continue reading

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How to imbue a Winter salad with a sultriness that’s all about Summer

Salads spell summer and sultriness.  Disappointingly, too many people tend to limit the potential of a salad solely to the health aspect of its ingredients.  I get bored with the ‘health’ hype after a while … meaning, please bear with … Continue reading

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Matriciana – Variation number 4

My son came over for a few days during his university’s reading week recently … and a matriciana is what he wanted when I asked him what he would like for lunch the day he was going back.  As with … Continue reading

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Matriciana – Variation number 3: in memory of Zia Mena

December 2011 This was the month that Aunt Mena died.  She was 87 and she was my mother-in-law’s stepsister and what one would call ‘a character’, a spirited woman, much given to outspokenness when she wasn’t playing coy.  She was … Continue reading

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Matriciana – Variation number 2 with lardo

Matriciana is a very inclusive and friendly kind pasta sauce and can be made in hefty quantities to cater for a large crowd at the dinner table.  As it was, my Matriciana variation no. 2 was for a lunch for … Continue reading

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Matriciana – Variation number 1

I made this matriciana in July of last year. Grated pecorino cheese, plum tomatoes, guanciale, glass of white wine.  Short pasta in the background (no bucatini or spaghetti). I cut the guanciale into stocky strips and cooked them on a … Continue reading

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Getting to grips with the Matriciana

There has been quite a lot of hype in recent years (websites, newspaper articles, blogs and facebook debates abound) over the making of a quintessentially Roman pasta sauce called “alla Amatriciana” or “alla Matriciana”.   Having done some research on … Continue reading

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