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A Craving for Sartù – Using Leftovers Backwards

Yesterday I wrote about some leftovers … see photo below:Here are the remains of what had been meatballs cooked in a tomato and pea sauce.  These leftovers could have easily been used to coat a lovely plate of pasta but, … Continue reading

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Sheepish in Meatloaf Battle or … Cottage Pie à l’Italienne

This was sunset over Rome less than two weeks ago, the sky lighting up with crazy colours that just beggared to be oooh and aaahed over.  Quite quite stunning, it had me in transports of delight over the wonder that … Continue reading

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Liar liar pants on fire – Pasta alla Checca Demographic

It’s that time of year when cooking is a sweaty, sticky, sultry business — or rather, it’s supposed to be sultry business.  Instead of which we have been invested, here in Rome, with the kind of Stormy Weather that we … Continue reading

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You say ‘potato’, I say ‘patata’ – Tortino di Patate, Prosciutto e Mozzarella

Go on, if you have a moment, click on the link below, featuring Fred Astaire and Ginger Astaire singing a famous Gershwin song — but let’s not do as its title suggests … which is : Let’s call it off. … Continue reading

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Preparing Courgette Blossoms, Stuffing them and Frying Them

I was so in love with the courgette blossoms I bought one day that I put them inside a vase for a bit.  There is something so very jolly about them! Before being eaten, they need to be trimmed a … Continue reading

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My favourite Batter for Courgette Blossoms

There are as many batters as you care to make.  That became my conclusion a few years ago when I was experimenting with batters for courgette blossoms or fiori di zucca as they are called in Italian.  Traditionally in Rome, … Continue reading

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Aubergine and Mozzarella Sandwiches

Yet another recipe involving frying … I must be obsessed, what can I say.  My mother taught me this recipe a few years ago and it immediately met with my high FFF (fried food fanatic) standards. I made it as … Continue reading

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Mozzarella in carrozza, a favourite with any FFF

There are a number of struggles to be stoically borne when practising the noble art of meal preparation; paramount amongst them, to my mind, is the curious fact that fried foods and oven-baked vegetables are somehow more delicious during the … Continue reading

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Frese and friselle for another ‘portable’ salad, so ingenious …

When the weather is very hot and the idea of cooking is but a remote universal possibility … it’s a good idea to do something with those large, dry, rock-hard doughnut-shaped breads called ‘frese’ or ‘frise’ or friselle.  They are … Continue reading

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Mozzarella and Pumpkin — an odd couple?

I remember being gobsmacked  when reading about a recipe for a summer dish consisting of mozzarella and melon — it seemed such a risqué combination then to me (we’re talking 2004) whereas now I think of it as old, albeit … Continue reading

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