Monthly Archives: September 2012

Picchiapò – pronounced peek-ya-poh

Leftovers are sneered at by people who subscribe to reasons that are either piously self-complacent or scientifically hygienic.  The first believe that there should never be a surfeit of food,  that planning and good husbandry are the essence of a … Continue reading

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Fish cooked in crazy water – Pezzogna all’acqua pazza

“Pezzogna all’acqua pazza” I had to look up the name for this fish in English, and apparently it corresponds to ‘red sea bream’.  It is also called ‘pagello’ or ‘occhialone’ in Italian but we who live in or around Rome, … Continue reading

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Baker’s Brisket – Punta di Vitello alla Fornara

This recipe made me realise, and not for the first time, how lucky we are nowadays to enjoy the fruits of kitchen technology: running water out of a tap, a cooker, a fridge, electrical gadgets and, not to be undermined, … Continue reading

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Adding Courgettes to Mussels – Impepata di Zucchine

I could have spelled that ‘muscles’ instead of ‘mussels’, considering how facetiously I wrote in a previous post about the lack lustre taste of courgettes (zucchini) but I think I have made the point now so … enough is enough. … Continue reading

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Sartor’s Arrosticini Messinesi with a Green Sauce

Daniele from the Sartor Butcher’s at the Testaccio market told me that he was inspired to make these skewers after watching some little old ladies sitting outside their house in Messina, crafting little ‘pouches’ of meat stuffed with cheese and … Continue reading

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New Testaccio Market in Rome

I finally went to visit the new Testaccio Market built near the former abattoir that is now home to other sections of the MACRO museum  and the Department of Architecture of Roma Tre University.  It opened last July and had … Continue reading

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Preparing Courgette Blossoms, Stuffing them and Frying Them

I was so in love with the courgette blossoms I bought one day that I put them inside a vase for a bit.  There is something so very jolly about them! Before being eaten, they need to be trimmed a … Continue reading

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