Monthly Archives: January 2013

Seafood Cous Cous

Surprisingly, a lot of people I know, including members of my immediate family, do not like cous cous.  It doesn’t bear thinking about,  does it, I love it!  And so I came up with this version, a cous cous bearing … Continue reading

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Broccoli fritters – frittelle di broccolo

Another one from me, the FFF (fried food fanatic). Here are some pretty broccolo romano florets, all washed and ready to go. Put plenty of salt into plenty of boiling water and plop the florets in for a few minutes … Continue reading

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Orange-Scented Hummus

I read about Smitten Kitchen’s technique for making the fluffiest of hummuses a few weeks ago (http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2013/01/ethereally-smooth-hummus) and although I have no reason to doubt the culinary sagacity of its author (on the contrary I am a great admirer), I … Continue reading

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Spaghetti with Mini Lobster Sauce – Spaghetti all’Astice

I tried looking it up in the dictionary but there doesn’t seem to be an English equivalent for the Italian lobster known as ‘astice’.  An astice is most definitely a lobster but it is very very small compared with any … Continue reading

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Lentil Soup – Passata di Lenticchie

In the Bible, Esau sold his birthright to his brother Jacob for a bowl of lentil stew.  I am not claiming that the lentil soup I am writing about is worth a birthright (!) but it is jolly good, especially … Continue reading

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“Best before”, Expiry dates and Creativity – Artichoke and Seafood Pasta

The word ‘creative’ is bandied about quite a lot in food and culinary speak, isn’t it.  And creativity is indeed the spice of life — literally!  When sperm and cell get together, that’s what they do, they ‘create’ life!  When … Continue reading

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Artichokes and the Pressure Cooker

This is a very ‘technical’, ‘dry’ sort of post I suppose … but one that might prove very useful for anyone wanting to cut a few corners when cooking artichokes: i.e.  the benefit of a pressure cooker. Artichokes take a … Continue reading

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