Tag Archives: MUSSELS

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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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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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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Seafood Cous Cous

Surprisingly, a lot of people I know, including members of my immediate family, do not like cous cous.  It doesn’t bear thinking about,  does it, I love it!  And so I came up with this version, a cous cous bearing … Continue reading

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Adding Courgettes to Mussels – Impepata di Zucchine

I could have spelled that ‘muscles’ instead of ‘mussels’, considering how facetiously I wrote in a previous post about the lack lustre taste of courgettes (zucchini) but I think I have made the point now so … enough is enough. … Continue reading

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Frozen Fish Dinner

Here are some ideas for a meal based on frozen fish, if and when you don’t have access to good-quality fresh fish. The first thing to do with the frozen fish is to get it to thaw by placing it … Continue reading

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Fishing for compliments part 3 – pasta with mussels and pecorino cheese

I already wrote a post about making mussels and pecorino cheese (29 September 2011).  However, as I wrote at the time, “The photos of this post are very spartan and I never got around to snapping a shot of the … Continue reading

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