Monthly Archives: December 2012

From the Ridiculous to the Sublime – Foodhappiness-athos

Do you remember learning about figures of speech at school: alliteration, simile, metaphor, hyperbole, synechdoche, metonymy, litote and the like?  One of them was, if you recall, ‘bathos’.   Bathos is all about a sudden descent in style, where a situation … Continue reading

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My home-made Saffron Risotto – Risotto alla Milanese

For all that Risotto alla Milanese is a classic, I don’t often make it.  Indeed, time was when I’d buy a packet of Knorr’s ready-made risotto (in which the rice wasn’t even proper carnaroli or arborio rice, now that I … Continue reading

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Involtini di Carne cooked without the benefit of a pressure cooker

I am one of those people who think pressure cookers are brilliant, not uncool at all.  I realise, however, that some people do not own a pressure cooker even though they might not think badly of them.  So here is … Continue reading

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Sausage and spare rib stew for polenta – Polenta con le spuntature

Polenta may not be the most exciting of dishes unless a) you are really hungry and b) you are really cold.  It is these two factors that render polenta sublime.  Polenta (the corn meal) is similar to bread, rice and … Continue reading

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Mushroom soup for parties

Mushroom soup doesn’t sound particularly enticing for a dinner party except for when the weather is really cold and wet and it takes forever to get warmed up once one has reached the sanctuary of a warm room, away from … Continue reading

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Cheese and Polenta Casserole – pasticcio di polenta

Aha! if this photo could speak … notice a glass of martini on the left? I needed one … that’s all I can say.  I was getting a trifle flustered, at this stage, about 6 :30 p.m. shall we say, … Continue reading

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