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Roman Oxtail and Cus Cus – Fusion, Confusion and Creativity

  When I hear or overhear people enthusiastically call themselves ‘creative’ cooks, I confess that, unless the person in question is young (under sixteen) I tend to shudder inwardly and, outwardly, try to change the subject of conversation if need … Continue reading

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Tagliatelle with Porcini Mushrooms

If you like mushrooms, you get to enjoy them in so many recipes.  Adding them to a pasta sauce (or indeed making them the centre of a pasta sauce) can only be a welcome addition to a mushroom lover’s repertoire. … 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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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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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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Hounded by the Whore – Pasta alla Puttanesca

The mystery as to the origin of this saucily named pasta dish is not going to be solved any time soon but it would seem that Naples and thereabouts (Ischia) are good contenders. This is the version that I favour: … 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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