Risotto with Zucchini Cream and Basil

Risotto with Zucchini Cream and Basil

Besides experimenting with Japanese cooking, I have also cooked some good old Italian food. This Risotto with Zucchini Cream and Basil is one of my latest favourite risotto and I have it quite often, alternating it with the Pumpkin and Gorgonzola one. I love the combination of zucchini and basil as I think their flavours…

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Beef Korokke

Beef Korokke

During our recent Japanese holiday, we had a lot of amazing food. In fact, Japanese cuisine is so much more than just (fantastic) sushi and sashimi! My youngest daughter especially liked korokke (コロッケ), aka potato croquettes coated in panko and then deep fried. Need I say more? Maybe I should also specify that there are…

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Tuna, Olive and Caper Pasta with Garlic Breadcrumbs

Tuna, Olive and Caper Pasta with Garlic Breadcrumbs

Today’s recipe is a classic in my kitchen.  I make it often and it is one of my husband’s favourite pasta dishes.  I cannot believe that I have been blogging for over 4 years and I haven’t shared this recipe yet!  But I guess it’s like all the things that you are very familiar with:…

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Salmon Confit with Aioli

Salmon Confit with Aioli

I must admit that I do not watch many cooking shows on TV, but I do watch MasterChef.  I don’t particularly like reality shows, but I have actually learnt a couple of things from it.  Remember when I tried my hands at making Hot Tea Smoked Salmon?  MasterChef had inspired me to give it a…

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Cream of Pea and Mint Risotto

Cream of Pea and Mint Risotto

I love playing with risotto and making it different every time.  There’s much more than Mushroom risotto in the “risotto world”.  You just need to give it a chance.  You can actually make risotto with almost any vegetable and/or cheese.  Today I played with a classic combination of Italian cuisine: peas and mint.  I blended…

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Pasta with Bell Pepper and Gorgonzola Cream

Pasta with Bell Pepper and Gorgonzola Cream

I first had something similar to this Pasta with bell pepper and Gorgonzola cream years ago in Milano.  My husband and I would go and eat at our favourite restaurant for every special occasion and this pasta was often on the menu.  Bell peppers/capsicums and Gorgonzola make for a fantastic combination: the first are sweet,…

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Tsukune

Tsukune

I am back in Sydney, after a few weeks travelling around Japan and Italy!  Hopefully you have followed my adventures on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!  I had an amazing time, visiting beautiful places, meeting family and friends and tasting awesome food!  I will be sharing some of these adventures and photos in the next few…

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South American Lamb Stew

South American Lamb Stew

As you know, I am travelling at the moment, so I thought of asking some of my favourite food blogger friends to come over and share some of their amazing creations with all of you!  I told you I would leave you in great company, right?  Today I have the honour of having yet another…

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Mahi Mahi with Caponata Sauce

Mahi Mahi with Caponata Sauce

I just came back from a wonderful week in Sicily, filled with emotions, as I got to spend time with some relatives and friends I hadn’t seen in 7 years and I got to show my kids places filled with childhood memories that they had never seen before!  And to celebrate this moment, today I…

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Freekeh

Freekeh Soup

As you know, I am travelling at the moment, so I thought of asking some of my favourite food blogger friends to come over and share some of their amazing creations with all of you!  I told you I would leave you in great company, right?  I am double excited about today’s guest: Sawsan from…

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Mixed Tomato and Halloumi Salad

Mixed Tomato and Halloumi Salad

I am enjoying the Italian springtime at the moment and I can’t help but thinking about the amazing tomato crop that will soon be available at the local markets.  There is absolutely nothing better than ripe Italian tomatoes!  I must say though, that Australia too grows some delicious tomatoes, like the ones in this recipe. …

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Dried Porcini and Saffron Risotto

Dried Porcini and Saffron Risotto

As I have said many times, Risotto alla Milanese (Saffron Risotto) is the first dish I have ever cooked all by myself… I was probably about 6 or 7 years old.  It’s always been my favourite risotto and I was so good at it, that whenever my grandfather would visit us from Sicily, he always asked…

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Gyoza

Gyoza

I love potstickers and Japanese Gyoza – 餃子(ぎょうざ) are my absolute favourite!  I love the crunchy skin and the soft and tasty filling.  Did you know that Japanese people consider Gyoza more of a side dish to complement the rice instead of a main course?  I found the perfect recipe over at Just One Cookbook,…

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Beer braised Chicken Tenders

Beer Braised Chicken Tenders

I always have chicken tenders in the freezer.  Chicken is what my kids like to eat the most and tenders are very handy as they are very versatile and cook quite fast.  The other day I had some beer in the fridge that begged to be used, so I whipped up a quick and delicious…

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Cherry Tomato Tarte Tatin

Cherry Tomato Tarte Tatin

Tarte Tatins are among my favourite tarts… and I like them both sweet and savoury.  The reason is simple: they obviously taste amazing with that hint of caramel on the top, but they also look a thousand bucks.  Shiny, luscious and plain scrumptious.  I have already shared the recipe for one of my favourites: Red…

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Artichoke and Taleggio Risotto

Artichoke and Taleggio Risotto

Today I want to share another of my risotto recipes.  As you know, I like risotto probably more than pasta and I make it often.  Actually, as it can be made so quickly, I often make it for lunch when I am home alone.  Yes, you read that right!  Unlike what many people think, risotto…

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