Tag Archives: bechamel

Mid-week Supper: Veal Piccata, Pan-Fried Kale and Potatoes, and Cauliflower Cheese

Caveat emptor: this is a very long post with three recipes in it — none of which is particularly exciting by the way.  What it is … is … very decent, hearty, and just the ticket when the weather has … Continue reading

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Florentine Crepes: Crespelle alla fiorentina

When, a few weeks ago,  favourite son came to visit from London, I asked him, as one does on such occasions, what it was that he would like me to cook for him.  Favourite son is well aware that I … Continue reading

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Peas love baked pasta – Pasticcio di pasta e piselli

The peas in question are frozen peas, the seasonal reason being that this recipe is best enjoyed when the weather gets nippy — and that’s not when peas are in season.  This recipe falls squarely into the ‘comfort/childhood recollection’ category … Continue reading

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Say Hi! to Duck Pie

Apparently, Mark Twain wrote the phrase “as polite as pie” in 1884 and James Joyce, instead, wrote ” as nice as pie” in Ulysses in 1922. I don’t know about pie being ‘polite’ but it is indeed jolly ‘nice’.  I … Continue reading

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Crespelle with Spinach, Ricotta and Taleggio

Now that we all know how to make ‘crespelle’ (thin pancakes just like crepes) — see ‘The Peerless Pancake’ post — and now that we all know how easy it is to make bechamel — see ‘The Queen of Sauces’ … Continue reading

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