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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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The Trick of Chicken and the Brick

The trouble with chicken is … that we no longer consider it ‘special’.  It is fairly cheap to buy, unless it has been raised properly and fed organic feed and what have you, and it is to be found in … Continue reading

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Repeat Post: all about blanching anchovies

This is a bit of a cheat post … in that I am re-posting something I wrote two years ago regarding fresh anchovies and how to process them to make them fit for an antipasto.  My conscience is somewhat assuaged … Continue reading

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Coda for Two

Coda is short for ‘Coda alla vaccinara’, i.e. oxtail stew (see an earlier post I wrote about it earlier this year in April).  I bought a small batch of the tail of the animal, that the butcher had already cut … Continue reading

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Nigella’s carrot cake: the Venetian version way

I happen to like Nigella Lawson very much (i.e. her food programmes on television) and think it’s marvellous the way she always looks on the bright side, whatever else might be said of her culinary skills.  She is not out … Continue reading

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The next-best pesto …

Gareth Food knows his pesto.  Indeed, he has been invited to be a judge at the 2012 World Pesto Contest (Campionato Mondiale di Pesto al Mortaio), to be held at the Palazzo Ducale of Genoa on 17 March.  When you … Continue reading

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