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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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Couscous 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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The Diva pasta … pasta alla Norma

Pasta alla Norma comes from Sicily and, in particular, from Catania.  Rumours still abide that it was the Sicilian writer, publisher, journalist and producer of theatrical works, Nino Martoglio, who came up with ‘title’ for this pasta sauce, comparing it … Continue reading

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Using pistachios to make a different kind of pesto

The effort required to make this pasta sauce is not commensurate with the end result … but in a very positive way!  And that is because the little energy required bequeaths the reward of a textured, lingering taste and the … Continue reading

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The Classic Summer Tomatoes – Pomodori col riso classici

It is a climatological irony that during the hottest time of the year, the best dishes need to be cooked in an oven — and this is the case with these tomatoes.  This is the epitome of  home food, a … Continue reading

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