Category Archives: Artichokes – Carciofi

Artichokes and Pecorino Cheese

Artichokes can be enjoyed in Rome practically all year round these days … because when they aren’t available locally, many restaurants will import them from Brittany in France. I, being a little conservative on matters of seasonality, prefer to wait … Continue reading

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Deep Fried Roman Artichokes – Carciofi alla Giudia

Perhaps not everyone knows that many a traditional Roman recipe owes its origin to the Jewish cuisine of Rome, which in turn harks back to techniques and textures that go all the way to southern Italy and Sicily.  I am … Continue reading

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Fresh Photos of the Traditional Vignarola Recipe

I made a vignarola the other night with the help of a friend who had never made this dish before.  It was later than I had counted on by the time we got home and I was debating whether to … Continue reading

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Parents-in-Law, Recovery and the Importance of a Good Meal – Pasta con carciofi, salsiccia e cipolla

Jokes abound over the relationship between in-laws.  And not without cause — family ties can be very frought and difficult indeed even when we are dealing with a situation happier than Romeo and Juliet.  Much as we like the idea … 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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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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“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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