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Sausage and Roman Broccoli (Broccoli e Salsiccia) – Version 1

This is such a ‘homey’, unpretentious and simple dish that I almost feel silly talking about a ‘recipe’ for it.  Instead of ‘bangers and mash’, this is salsiccia e broccolo romano.  It can be eaten as a main dish or … Continue reading

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Clams on The Run – Spaghetti con Le Vongole Fuiute

So … you live and you learn and some kinds of learning are very delicious indeed! Last August, we were guests for the day at friends who had rented a house near the sea in northern Lazio, almost on the … Continue reading

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L’Arrabbiata -The Anger Management Pasta (Classic Tomato Sauce, part 4) in a Duet with a Plain Tomato Sauce

I am warning you: this is a bit of a long-winded post.  If it’s the recipe you are after, scroll down immediately to where the cooking photos start. …………………. Sunday is a funny kind of day.  And yesterday had a … Continue reading

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Calamarata pasta with Mussels and Clams – Calamarata di Cozze e Vongole

The name of this type of dry pasta derives directly from  its shape, i.e. its resemblance to a squid cut into rings and the word “calamaro” in Italian meaning “squid”.  The seafood sauce to dress it is then completely in … 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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Courgette and Prawn Pasta with Tomato Foxtrot Bisque

This is the sort of recipe that will appeal to people who do not mind dealing with details and a series of steps.  It is not at all ‘difficult’ but it does require a little patience, and I don’t know … Continue reading

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Bean Bonanza – Zuppa di fagioli e cozze

Ingredients: fresh borlotti beans, mussels, garlic, olive oil, a sprig of rosemary. I bought fresh borlotti beans at the market.  Here they are cooking. I also bought some mussels, called Niedditas, that hail from Sardinia and are supposed to be … Continue reading

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Hounded by the Whore – Pasta alla Puttanesca

The mystery as to the origin of this saucily named pasta dish is not going to be solved any time soon but it would seem that Naples and thereabouts (Ischia) are good contenders. This is the version that I favour: … Continue reading

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A Cautionary Tale of Seafood Gnocchi with Clams and Mussels

Gnocchi presented in either a mussel- or clam sauce topped off with rocket leaves were very popular around Rome during the early nineties.  Basically, it was the rocket leaves that were so popular, there was a tendency to strew them … Continue reading

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The Makeover with Uriah Heep Ingredients: Egg Pasta with Courgettes and Tomatoes

Uriah Heep was, as we all know, very humble and he came to mind when I was having to make lunch about a month ago using very ‘humble’ ingredients: dried egg pasta, courgettes and tomatoes.  I had a little dare … Continue reading

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