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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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Fattoria di Fiorano and its Shops (3)

Chef Sara Bugiada allowed us a glimpse of her prep work in the kitchen, before escorting us to the farm’s two little shops. Flowers in a vase – the ultimate kitchen accent piece.    Sara explained to us how all … 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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Beach panino – the “best of the kind” that we know of …

The thing about people like us (PLU as Nancy Mitford very cleverly and succinctly put it) is that … we are not early risers. We most definitely CAN be on occasion … when push comes to shove and all that. … 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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Peperonata – Keep Calm and Carry On Stewing

Peperonata sounds so much nicer than capsicum stew doesn’t it!  It’s a long-hot-summer kind of dish, best eaten at room temperature or … even on the cold side.  It is a side dish, a “contorno” but it is ruinous for … 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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The crunch factor in pasta – The Game of Love

The Chilean poet and Nobel Prize winner Pablo Neruda saw fit to pen a poem hailing tomatoes (“Ode to Tomatoes”) and I have added it at the end of this post in case any one wants to read it. I … Continue reading

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