Capers

Oct 14

Tip-top Tapenade

Though tapenade is best know as a dish from Provence, France, there exists very similar olive pastes throughout the Mediterranean. The word ‘tapenade’ hides a history in one of its ingredients, capers. In Provence, the caper plant is called ‘tapenei’, and capers used to be stored in vessels filled with olive oil. The capers were …

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Oct 04

Caponata alla Siciliana – Sicilian Eggplant Cooked Salad

I’m a sucker for a bargain. The other day small fresh eggplants (aubergine) were on sale, and I had to buy as many as I could fit into a plastic bag, and then worry about what I was going to do with them later. I love the spontaneity of having not having a meal plan …

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May 02

Breaded Fish Filets Topped with Warm Artichoke, Shallot and Caper Salad

For me, one of the great things about cooking is that moment of clarity when I am pondering what to cook for a meal. There are times when I am not feeling the need for one of my proven true recipes. I am looking for something different, yet not wanting to experiment too much beyond …

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Apr 04

Artichokes, Shallots & Capers a Versatile Warm Salad

All I can tell you is that this warm salad of artichokes, shallots and capers is sub component of a recipe that my mother originally made many years ago on Christmas Eve. As to where or who gave her the recipe I have no idea. What I do know is that whether served on the …

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Feb 27

Pasta alla Puttanesca – Retherfordroni Style

I wonder at times if all the potential combinations of ingredients have been tried at one time or another and then in turn available for viewing on the internet? Likewise, how many possible combinations of pasta sauces are there using traditional Mediterranean ingredients? A few years ago when rummaging through the pantry and refrigerator, I …

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