Monthly Archives: July 2012

Cuscus with red peppers and almonds

I was driving home with the radio on a few years ago and held captive and spellbound by an interview of the Sicilian chef Filippo La Mantia, who astounded me with his distate for garlic and onion — two ingredients … Continue reading

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Basilicata on my mind: Eating at Parco Verde (Grumento Nova)

I saw the film “Basilicata Coast to Coast” (see link to a youtube trailer at the end of this post)  when it came out a few years ago and was utterly charmed by its unlikely storyline and its picaresque characters. … Continue reading

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Cuscus with venus clams and courgettes

This is a variation of a cuscus dish I blogged about on 14 October 2010 (The Wonders of Cuscus).  It’s basically the same dish but this post … aha! … has blow-by-blow photos. One of the reasons I started this … Continue reading

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Friggitelli

Friggitelli are a kind of capsicum typical of the Campania region, long in contour (so I desist from calling them ‘bell peppers’ because they are not bell-shaped) and invariably green.  They tend to be cooked in a frying pan rather … Continue reading

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The Diva pasta … pasta alla Norma

Pasta alla Norma comes from Sicily and, in particular, from Catania.  Rumours still abide that it was the Sicilian writer, publisher, journalist and producer of theatrical works, Nino Martoglio, who came up with ‘title’ for this pasta sauce, comparing it … Continue reading

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CC — clams and courgettes for the year-round popular pasta sauce

Spaghetti or linguine alle vongole … i.e. spaghetti or linguine with a venus-clam sauce … is, in very many ways, the epitome of a summer pasta dish.  But, as the Hungarian born British author George Mikes (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Mikes) wrote in his … Continue reading

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Nettle Risotto

When I announced that we were going to have risotto for lunch the other day, both my kids gave me funny looks and when I further commented on it containing nettles, their body language and facial expressions knew no bounds. … Continue reading

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