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Easy Raspberry Tart (Crostata di Lamponi)

Easy Raspberry Tart (Crostata di Lamponi) The appeal of weekend baking is undeniable. What could be better than the smell of starchy goods slowly developing a golden tan in your oven as you sip coffee, tea or herbal infusions all sorts? Getting my hands floury and sticky is my ultimate Sunday pleasure, whether it’s bread, […]

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Sugo d’agnello (Slow-cooked Lamb and Tomato Sauce)

Sugo d’agnello (Slow-cooked Lamb and Tomato Sauce) My maternal Nonna wasn’t the most sophisticated cook. She would always make the same two or three dishes, but, to this day, my siblings, my cousins and I are  yet to taste anything as comforting and delicious as her sugo di pomodoro, polenta con salsiccia and sugo d’agnello. It was always […]

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Salad Double Bill! Cucumber, Mint and Radish/Roasted Greens and Chickpeas

Salad Double Bill! Cucumber, Mint and Radish/Roasted Greens and Chickpeas   Italian feasts are well known for the opulent abundance of festive food, ranging from delightful and varied antipasto spreads, to falvoursome pasta dishes and robust and delectable meat of fish courses. No matter what the occasion, vegetables always make a notable appearance at the […]

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Infornata di pollo con origano e pomodori (Chicken, oregano and tomato bake)

Infornata di pollo con origano e pomodori (Chicken, oregano and tomato bake) This dish is quintessential Italian. It’s a peasant, rustic assembly of fresh ingredients mixed with left-overs and brought together by the crisp dryness of white wine. It’s a dish that appeals to children and grown-ups alike and is therefore the perfect family meal. […]

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Fig and Pistachio Frangipane Tart

  Fig and Pistachio Frangipane Tart I am a summer person. I was born in summer. My true self seems to come to life at the early signs of the warmer months approaching. I hardly ever feel the heat, in spite of being feisty and hot-blooded, I don’t tend to perspire in excess either. Alas, summer […]

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Potato and Shallot Frittata

  Potato and Shallot Frittata Please allow me to introduce you to one of the most classic Italian staples: the humble frittata! No Italian household can be such without the fundamental ritual of frittata making. Frittata perfectly incapsulates the genuine spirit of Italian Cucina Povera (peasant cuisine), a cost effective way of cooking that relies […]

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Melanzane A Funghetto Recipe: Eggplant meets Tomato and Basil Heaven.

  Melanzane A Funghetto Recipe: Eggplant meets Tomato and Basil Heaven. August 18, 2016 Daniela This recipe is so simple, there’s no excuse to not make this as a side dish this summer.    MELANZANE A FUNGHETTO  Serves 4   6 Eggplants (medium size) 10 cherry tomatoes 2 tbsp Olive Oil 1 Garlic Clove 6 […]

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Fusilli with Zucchini (hallo summer!)

Fusilli with Zucchini (hallo summer!) INGREDIENTS, serves 4 3 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil 2 garlic cloves, skin on, bashed with the palm of your hand 1 small red onion, finely chopped 3 green zucchini, cut into cubes 1 cup of home-made tomato passata or crushed tinned tomatoes salt to taste 3/4 packet of fusilli […]

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Ricotta and Basil Gnocchi with Fresh Tomato Sauce (Gnocchi di Ricotta e Basilico al Pomodoro Fresco)

Ricotta and Basil Gnocchi with Fresh Tomato Sauce (Gnocchi di Ricotta e Basilico al Pomodoro Fresco) INGREDIENTS (serves 4) For the Ricotta Gnocchi (not to be confused with Potato Gnocchi) 450 g (2 1/2 cups) full-cream ricotta (using low-fat ricotta won’t work…Live a little!) 2 egg yolks 1/2 teaspoon salt flakes 1 pinch freshly ground […]

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Linguine risottate con Vongole e Zucchine (Linguine with clams and zucchini cooked risotto style)

Linguine risottate con Vongole e Zucchine (Linguine with clams and zucchini cooked risotto style)   Well, that’s some title! Don’t be alarmed by the lengthy description though, this lip-smackingly luscious bowl of perfectly al dente linguine will be yours in no time at all. Your sauce with be ready by the time the water has […]

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