Monthly Archives: February 2013

The Comfort of a Spud – Il Puré di Patate, Mashed Potatoes Italian Style

You either love potatoes or you don’t, you either adore mashed potoatoes or recoil in horror at their flowing mushiness. I happen to think mashed potatoes are a good reason to be alive.  Even vegans can enjoy an ersatz version … Continue reading

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The Perfumed Rice of Persia and a ‘Bits and Pieces’ Dinner

Maybe it’s just me and the reading material that I come across as I frolic and gambol through the world of  food and cooking, but there seems to be quite a spate of all-things-Persian looping around in the blogosphere at … Continue reading

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The Sardinian Seafood Salad – Astice alla Catalana

I really do not know enough about how lobsters are graded world-wide but I can safely vouch for those found in the waters of Sardinia (especially in the Gulf of Asinara between Stintino and Santa Teresa di Gallura, and also … Continue reading

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Fancy Schmancy Seafood Pasta – Amatriciana di Mare

This pasta dish is a close interpretation of  the “Amatriciana di Mare” recipe of chef Dino de Bellis (currently working at Rome’s Salotto Culinario restaurant).  I think his title is a misnomer because ‘amatriciana’ and/or ‘matriciana’ is all about pancetta … Continue reading

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You say ‘potato’, I say ‘patata’ – Tortino di Patate, Prosciutto e Mozzarella

Go on, if you have a moment, click on the link below, featuring Fred Astaire and Ginger Astaire singing a famous Gershwin song — but let’s not do as its title suggests … which is : Let’s call it off. … Continue reading

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The Salad with a Mysterious Pedigree – Insalata Russa

(N.B. PLEASE DO NOT ASK ME WHY THE PRINT IS BLUE – I DON’T KNOW WHAT BUTTON I PRESSED FOR THIS CHANGE OF COLOUR, SORRY!) I almost got a headache reading around the origins for a mixture of veggies and … Continue reading

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