Monthly Archives: April 2013

False Economy and Wild Asparagus

I loved that episode of “Ab Fab” in which the two girls try and cut down on expenses and so decide to give up having a driver.  One day they decide to shop at the supermarket (http://www.episodeguide.us/absolutely-fabulous/poor/episode/36226/summary.html) and:  “Supermarket shopping is … Continue reading

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Little Easter – Pasquetta

Easter has come and gone and we are already looking to the Summer.  As I write this post, I am not even in Italy and wonder why I should bother posting it.  I then take another look at the photos … Continue reading

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Mid-week Supper: Veal Piccata, Pan-Fried Kale and Potatoes, and Cauliflower Cheese

Caveat emptor: this is a very long post with three recipes in it — none of which is particularly exciting by the way.  What it is … is … very decent, hearty, and just the ticket when the weather has … Continue reading

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Velvety Asparagus soup – Vellutata di Aparagi

Easy-peasy to make, that’s what this soup is — only it’s made with asparagus and not peas.  We’ve been enjoying some beatifically balmy, very warm weather the last week or so but until then it was raining far too much. … Continue reading

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The Aspirin of Foods — Pasta with Sausage and Artichoke

Mirrors, in Feng Shui, have been described as ‘the aspirin for the home’ … apirin is not a life-saving medication but it most definitely helps with a very long list of ailments; and likewise mirrors, though not capable of rectifying … Continue reading

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