Category Archives: Fish and seafood

Waldorf Salad and King Prawns

A couple of years ago, I wrote a post on the Waldorf Salad for the blog of the beautiful Italian ceramics company that is Giardini di Sole (www.giaridnidisole.com).  It was about the Waldorf Salad with a twist, and I thought … Continue reading

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Vitello tonnato – Veal in Tuna Sauce

Last summer (i.e. 2012), someone who cared about the state of tunny fish or tuna in the world kept up a very intense debate on facebook as to the future of this fish, portraying a grim and pessimistic future.  As … Continue reading

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Courgette and Prawn Pasta with Tomato Foxtrot Bisque

This is the sort of recipe that will appeal to people who do not mind dealing with details and a series of steps.  It is not at all ‘difficult’ but it does require a little patience, and I don’t know … Continue reading

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Bean Bonanza – Zuppa di fagioli e cozze

Ingredients: fresh borlotti beans, mussels, garlic, olive oil, a sprig of rosemary. I bought fresh borlotti beans at the market.  Here they are cooking. I also bought some mussels, called Niedditas, that hail from Sardinia and are supposed to be … Continue reading

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A Cautionary Tale of Seafood Gnocchi with Clams and Mussels

Gnocchi presented in either a mussel- or clam sauce topped off with rocket leaves were very popular around Rome during the early nineties.  Basically, it was the rocket leaves that were so popular, there was a tendency to strew them … Continue reading

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A dinner with Friends from the Salento (Puglia)

A friend of mine once commented on the fact that when you got to meet new people, and decided to invite them over to dinner to get better acquainted, they would sometimes invite you back to their home for ‘a … 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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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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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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