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Frascati Mutton Stew – Spezzatino di Castrato e Piselli al Frascati DOCG

I bought some mutton at the Mercato Contadino of Ariccia some time ago on a Sunday morning.  The Azienda Agricola Fratelli Frasca farm is not far from Anzio and is called ‘Il Vecchio Ovile’, which translates as ‘The Old Sheep … Continue reading

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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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Lamon bean and pork rind stew – Fagioli con le Cotiche

Beans are good for the heart, and a bean is a bean is a bean, isn’t that so?  The Lamon beans were a first for me and when the grocer recommended them as being special, I was drawn to nodding … Continue reading

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Ossobuco the Roman Way – Ossobuco alla romana

Ossobuco is known the world over by lovers of Italian food as hailing from the North of Italy.   Correct.  I have written about ossobuco in two other posts (see bottom of page).  What I am writing about today is the … Continue reading

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Sheepish in Meatloaf Battle or … Cottage Pie à l’Italienne

This was sunset over Rome less than two weeks ago, the sky lighting up with crazy colours that just beggared to be oooh and aaahed over.  Quite quite stunning, it had me in transports of delight over the wonder that … Continue reading

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Mushroom soup for parties

Mushroom soup doesn’t sound particularly enticing for a dinner party except for when the weather is really cold and wet and it takes forever to get warmed up once one has reached the sanctuary of a warm room, away from … Continue reading

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Fish cooked in crazy water – Pezzogna all’acqua pazza

“Pezzogna all’acqua pazza” I had to look up the name for this fish in English, and apparently it corresponds to ‘red sea bream’.  It is also called ‘pagello’ or ‘occhialone’ in Italian but we who live in or around Rome, … Continue reading

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