Italy

Nov 03

Pesto Presto – Pesto Genovese

Way before modern Italy, the Romans were making a type of sauce called ‘moretum’ that was made using a mortar from which the name is derived. Moretum was usually made with herbs, oil, salt, vinegar, occasionally and eaten spread on bread. Compare this to modern day pesto which is usually made from basil, pine nuts, …

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Oct 06

What the Focaccia are you looking at?

Some people may think that focaccia is the poor cousin of the pizza, but they really are different beasts. Pizza has always been eaten as a dish in its own right, even though it may have morphed from the original Napoli version, though focaccia has always been an accompaniment to other dishes. The word focaccia is …

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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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Aug 03

Linguine con gamberetti e rucola – Linguine with prawns and arugula

This is one of my last minute dinners if I haven’t planned anything else. I always have pretty much all the ingredients in the fridge, freezer and cupboards so it can be prepared and ready to eat in less than 15 minutes. I first saw this dish in Jamie Oliver’s book from when he travelled …

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