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Testaccio Market, Wrong Season, Wrong Reason, Right Recipe – Courgettes Sweet and Sour – Caponata di Zucchine

I had a somewhat bizarre experience at Rome’s Testaccio market once.  The old Testaccio market, that is, the one that was razed to the ground a couple of years ago.  An appointment had been made for me to meet a … Continue reading

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Peperonata with breadcrumbs, capers, anchovies and garlic

Here is another version of ‘peperonata’ and one that does not include tomatoes for a change.  This is a recipe I copied from an Italian food magazine called “Subito Pronto” (which means something like “done in no time”) — I … Continue reading

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Peperonata – Keep Calm and Carry On Stewing

Peperonata sounds so much nicer than capsicum stew doesn’t it!  It’s a long-hot-summer kind of dish, best eaten at room temperature or … even on the cold side.  It is a side dish, a “contorno” but it is ruinous for … Continue reading

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Seafood Cous Cous

Surprisingly, a lot of people I know, including members of my immediate family, do not like cous cous.  It doesn’t bear thinking about,  does it, I love it!  And so I came up with this version, a cous cous bearing … 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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Aubergine and Mozzarella Sandwiches

Yet another recipe involving frying … I must be obsessed, what can I say.  My mother taught me this recipe a few years ago and it immediately met with my high FFF (fried food fanatic) standards. I made it as … Continue reading

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Cuscus with red peppers and almonds

I was driving home with the radio on a few years ago and held captive and spellbound by an interview of the Sicilian chef Filippo La Mantia, who astounded me with his distate for garlic and onion — two ingredients … Continue reading

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