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Frascati Mutton Stew – Spezzatino di Castrato e Piselli al Frascati DOCG

I bought some mutton at the Mercato Contadino of Ariccia some time ago on a Sunday morning.  The Azienda Agricola Fratelli Frasca farm is not far from Anzio and is called ‘Il Vecchio Ovile’, which translates as ‘The Old Sheep … Continue reading

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Roman Oxtail and Cus Cus – Fusion, Confusion and Creativity

  When I hear or overhear people enthusiastically call themselves ‘creative’ cooks, I confess that, unless the person in question is young (under sixteen) I tend to shudder inwardly and, outwardly, try to change the subject of conversation if need … Continue reading

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Pasta al Tonno – Variation

It is very traditional to have a fish-only themed menu on Christmas Eve in most parts of Italy, including Rome.  Also traditional are foods fried in batter such as artichokes, cauliflower, broccolo, apples, cod fish etc.  Spaghetti alle vongole (spaghetti … Continue reading

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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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Crazy Thrushes and Horsemeat from Zagorolo – I Tordi Matti

All right —  Hands up who hasn’t seen Mary Poppins as a child (whether you loved or hated it doeosn’t count)?  And don’t we all wish we could tidy up our rooms with a snap of the fingers? The initial … Continue reading

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Going Tuscan for St Valentine’s – Peposo, Cannellini and Spinach

Slow cooking can be very sexy.  Recipes that take a long time to cook and are thus ‘unfussy’ (i.e. do not require constant supervision), present an unassailable advantage:  they leave you plenty of time to pamper yourself and get ready … Continue reading

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Soup – Combining the Smoothness of Chickpeas with the Highlights of Seafood: Passata di Ceci con Scampetti di Manfredonia e Cannolicchi

Chickpeas are loved the world over and I for one am enamoured of their little round shape … but … if you think about it, a lot of recipes seem to require the smashing up of cooked chickpeas.  Think hummus … Continue reading

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