Tag Archives: olive oil

Rice and Lentil Fritters – Loving the Leftovers

Happy New Year everyone ! … and I am hoping this is going to be a very good year for us all.  The last few weeks, especialy the run up to Christmas and New Year’s Eve, saw me so engaged … Continue reading

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Pan Braised Fennel and Ricotta Starter

Fennel is one of the least beloved vegetables in my family.  It will get nibbled at if a dip is in the vicinity, and it will even be appreciated in an orange and fennel salad – but that’s about it. … Continue reading

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Olive Oil in the Cafeteria and an Unforgivable Failing of the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization

This will probably be the only post I manage before Easter and so I would first and foremost like to wish everyone who celebrates this event a very Happy Easter.  Easter is an occasion of culminating meaningfulness for Christian believers … 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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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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Cabbage and Rice and all Things Nice – All in one with the Cornish Game Hen

The idea was to introduce more cabbage into our family’s regular eating habits.  Nobody in my immediate family jumps up and down for joy at the thought of eating cabbage and so I was looking for a cunning plan, see? … Continue reading

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Head Nodding, Sighing and Enjoying Roman-style Oxtail Stew – Coda di bue alla vaccinara

This is a fourth post that I am writing on His Excellency The Oxtail Stew (coda di bue alla vaccinara) … which tells me two things.  One … that I like it and two, that I like to play around … Continue reading

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