Tag Archives: parmesan cheese

Yet Another Meatball Recipe: Mrs Alberta’s Polpette from Frascati

This is quite a long post.  If you, dear reader, can’t be bothered with all the chit chat, do by all means go straight to the recipe, where the dotted line is.  What you might like to know in advance … Continue reading

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Carbonara Cauliflower Mac n’ Cheese

“Loving the Leftovers” … that is a category I added to my posts because ” l’arte del riciclo “, which translates into English as the art of using leftovers, is all about creating a FRESH dish using the remains of … Continue reading

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Naff can be Nice – Saffron Rice and Scallops

I don’t know how you, dear Reader, personally interpret the slang word ‘naff’ but the British-English speaking can easily agree that it has to do with all things ‘uncool’, no longer or ever fashionable, on the tacky side and generally … Continue reading

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Supplì di Fiore di Zucca: Experimenting with Blossoms and Rice and All Things Nice

I have yet to meet someone who does not like courgette blossoms (zucchini flowers) fried in batter and I have dedicated a post or two to this delectable concoction. I thought I would have a go at stuffing the blossoms … Continue reading

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The Comfort of a Spud – Il Puré di Patate, Mashed Potatoes Italian Style

You either love potatoes or you don’t, you either adore mashed potoatoes or recoil in horror at their flowing mushiness. I happen to think mashed potatoes are a good reason to be alive.  Even vegans can enjoy an ersatz version … Continue reading

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Squash and Grapes for an Autumnal Risotto

I do love the colours of Autumn when the leaves on the trees blaze crazily on the road to hibernation (or whatever trees do when the weather is cold and the days short).  It is my considered opinion that this … Continue reading

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Peas love baked pasta – Pasticcio di pasta e piselli

The peas in question are frozen peas, the seasonal reason being that this recipe is best enjoyed when the weather gets nippy — and that’s not when peas are in season.  This recipe falls squarely into the ‘comfort/childhood recollection’ category … Continue reading

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