Tag Archives: capers

Figs and Paté and all is Okay!

Lord knows I am too old to be pregnant but a few days ago I was unaccountably overcome by the persistent desire for a particular food that was most akin to pregnant women’s so-called ‘crazy cravings’.  Huh!  Chicken liver paté. … Continue reading

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Ring of Emperor Rice, Courgettes and King Prawns

I wish there were a verb to define the act of cooking as an enjoyable and absorbing activity as opposed to one that is all about putting some food on the table in as little time as possible.  The latter … 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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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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Faking Fish – Il Pesce Finto

“Pesce finto”, that translates into English as “fake fish”, is the kind of recipe our grandmothers would have resorted to,  the uber home/comfort food that children would enjoy on a visual level too.  Basically, it is made up of mashed … Continue reading

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What to do with boring courgettes: ‘boats’ with shrimps

Many friends and relations often comment that many of the vegetables taste so much nicer in Italy than back home, wherever ‘home’ might happen to be.  That’s as may be except for one vegetable which I think is utterly ‘boring’ … 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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