Monthly Archives: June 2012

Using pistachios to make a different kind of pesto

The effort required to make this pasta sauce is not commensurate with the end result … but in a very positive way!  And that is because the little energy required bequeaths the reward of a textured, lingering taste and the … Continue reading

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The Classic Summer Tomatoes – Pomodori col riso classici

It is a climatological irony that during the hottest time of the year, the best dishes need to be cooked in an oven — and this is the case with these tomatoes.  This is the epitome of  home food, a … Continue reading

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Salsa Tonnata – Fish ketchup

Salsa tonnata is a sauce made using tuna packed in olive oil, some capers, a few fillets of anchovies packed in oil, and some freshly made mayonnaise.  It’s been around for a while and, as with the previous post on … Continue reading

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Aubergine sandwiches with meatballs and mint leaves

There is no wow factor to this recipe.  It’s very plain, it’s easy to make, it can be eaten at room temperature and it’s just the sort of dish to prepare in advance when you’re looking forward to a summer … Continue reading

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Carbonara Evolution and Repetita Juvant

People can have fierce arguments over a carbonara – the only thing one can’t disagree about too much are the ingredients — but even there we find ourselves battling among various schools of thought.  Some prefer pancetta, others are adamant … Continue reading

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Frese and friselle for another ‘portable’ salad, so ingenious …

When the weather is very hot and the idea of cooking is but a remote universal possibility … it’s a good idea to do something with those large, dry, rock-hard doughnut-shaped breads called ‘frese’ or ‘frise’ or friselle.  They are … Continue reading

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Fried aubergines … naughty but nice

I think the title says it all … I had three ageing aubergines languishing in my vegetable basket and making me feel very guilty for not having eaten them sooner.  Vegetables are best eaten in their prime, that goes without … Continue reading

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