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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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Pea, Squid and Prawn Risotto

The seafood ingredients and the peas were all frozen.  And though fresh seafood would have been even better (definitely!), we can’ t always be sniffy about frozen foods.  The squid came from the Mediterranean and the prawns were from Argentina. … Continue reading

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Fancy Schmancy Seafood Pasta – Amatriciana di Mare

This pasta dish is a close interpretation of  the “Amatriciana di Mare” recipe of chef Dino de Bellis (currently working at Rome’s Salotto Culinario restaurant).  I think his title is a misnomer because ‘amatriciana’ and/or ‘matriciana’ is all about pancetta … Continue reading

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Polpette di tonno and Mulling over seasonal melancholy

An Indian summer … although we’re half way through September … it’s so easy to enjoy the heat but too late to pretend not to notice that the days are getting shorter … and busier … and that any day … Continue reading

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