Monthly Archives: March 2013

Artichoke and Tomato Steak Salad for a mid-week brain chatter crisis

This is about a mid-week, no-fuss, hunger-satisfying, forget-about-the gourmet dinner.  Plain. Austere almost.  With a hint of defiance: don’t you dare add anything else … it is what it is, and it is meant to be what it is meant … Continue reading

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Spring is technically tomorrow … in the meantime …

The Spring Equinox is technically tomorrow … and I want to come up with a nice song to wish us all … a very happy Spring tomorrow.  In the meantime … on the Eve … One of my ‘roles’ in … Continue reading

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Pasta with Pistachios from Bronte

My Sicilian Maria friend invited me and a few other girls over to lunch just before Christmas and made the most gorgeous gnocchi in a pistachio sauce (that and lots of other dishes) and, for good measure!, she also gave … Continue reading

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Repeat Post: all about blanching anchovies

This is a bit of a cheat post … in that I am re-posting something I wrote two years ago regarding fresh anchovies and how to process them to make them fit for an antipasto.  My conscience is somewhat assuaged … Continue reading

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What an apron!

Thank you Gina … what a beautiful apron you gave me!

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Getting crabby

I was doing some shopping at Rome’s Piazza Vittorio market a few weeks ago and came across the sale of live crabs.  Live crabs may be a normal feature in some parts of the world, such as Granville Market in … Continue reading

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Veal that wants to jump in your mouth – Saltimbocca alla romana

One of favourite son’s favourite dishes is Saltimbocca alla romana — which is not difficult to make but does entail a bit of step-1, step-2 and fiddle-de-dee.  I wouldn’t recommend making this recipe for more than six people at any … Continue reading

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