Tag Archives: anchovy

Hounded by the Whore – Pasta alla Puttanesca

The mystery as to the origin of this saucily named pasta dish is not going to be solved any time soon but it would seem that Naples and thereabouts (Ischia) are good contenders. This is the version that I favour: … Continue reading

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Preparing Courgette Blossoms, Stuffing them and Frying Them

I was so in love with the courgette blossoms I bought one day that I put them inside a vase for a bit.  There is something so very jolly about them! Before being eaten, they need to be trimmed a … Continue reading

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Mozzarella in carrozza, a favourite with any FFF

There are a number of struggles to be stoically borne when practising the noble art of meal preparation; paramount amongst them, to my mind, is the curious fact that fried foods and oven-baked vegetables are somehow more delicious during the … Continue reading

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Salsa Tonnata – Fish ketchup

Salsa tonnata is a sauce made using tuna packed in olive oil, some capers, a few fillets of anchovies packed in oil, and some freshly made mayonnaise.  It’s been around for a while and, as with the previous post on … Continue reading

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Pasta col tonno

At a restaurant not far from home last night, I was surprised to be served a dish made up of polenta accompanied by a tomato sauce and tuna – most unusual and very good too. Upon closer inspection, it transpired … Continue reading

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