Monthly Archives: September 2013

Hands on Hips over Risotto Making … and Seeing the Light with a Leftovers Risotto!

Hands on hips, but no pursed lips.  My ‘attitude’ regarding risotto is born of listening and learning from other people, and then practising at home.  Ours is not to pontificate but ours IS to investigate, evaluate and recreate. I would … Continue reading

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Sheepish in Meatloaf Battle or … Cottage Pie à l’Italienne

This was sunset over Rome less than two weeks ago, the sky lighting up with crazy colours that just beggared to be oooh and aaahed over.  Quite quite stunning, it had me in transports of delight over the wonder that … Continue reading

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Pea, Squid and Prawn Risotto

The seafood ingredients and the peas were all frozen.  And though fresh seafood would have been even better (definitely!), we can’ t always be sniffy about frozen foods.  The squid came from the Mediterranean and the prawns were from Argentina. … Continue reading

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Salvino’s off York Way, London

In a recent article, jazz and blues-lover Gareth Jones was afflicted by another kind of blues as he realised that “Soho’s food heritage has not only gone, but even worse, it has been air brushed out of the capital’s history”. … Continue reading

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Clams on The Run – Spaghetti con Le Vongole Fuiute

So … you live and you learn and some kinds of learning are very delicious indeed! Last August, we were guests for the day at friends who had rented a house near the sea in northern Lazio, almost on the … Continue reading

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Chickpea and pasta soup with a mushroom finish

Pasta e Ceci … This post is about pasta e ceci.  And I’ve written about it before: https://myhomefoodthatsamore.wordpress.com/2011/02/24/pasta-e-ceci/. The great thing about pasta e ceci, is that apart from tasting wonderful, it takes no time at all to make! (read the … Continue reading

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Wednesday and It’s Market Day at Cocciano

With a hint of rain about to drop, and my mind all wound up in brainstorming the major details of a cooking day I shall be teaching soon to a group of six women from Norway, I decided to pop … Continue reading

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