Puntarelle alla Romana

Puntarelle alla Romana

During my recent trip to Italy, I didn’t really forget about my readers! Even though I was on holiday, I still did a little cooking. There are a few dishes that I have always wanted to share with you, but never could, as I was not able to find the ingredients for them. So… I…

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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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Bruschetta with Eggplant and Matarocco

Bruschetta with Eggplant and Matarocco

  With summer just around the corner, ML Spell from Dry Spell invited us to play with fire! She challenged us to make some mouthwatering eats on the grill for the June daring cooks challenge. Well, as you are probably aware, I live in Australia and even though the weather is usually not extremely cold,…

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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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Olive Schiacciate

Olive Schiacciate

Olive Schiacciate (or Cracked Olives) are very popular in Italy, especially in the South.  They are cracked olives in brine.  I remember going to one of the beautiful and colourful markets in Palermo as a child and getting drawn to the stalls that would sell olives.  They had so many different kinds.  Mountains of delicious,…

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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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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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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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Ravioli di Magro

Ravioli di Magro #SundaySupper

This week’s #SundaySupper theme is “Retro Food”.  Ah, how fun is that?  The thing is, being Italian, I have no idea what people in other countries used to cook and eat in the past… so, I had to resort to an Italian recipe.  And I went for a classic.  I must admit that this dish is…

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Eggplant Sofficini

Eggplant Sofficini

If you follow this blog, you will be already familiar with sofficini, as I have already published a Ham and Cheese Sofficini recipe and a Mushroom Sofficini recipe a while ago.  For all the others who still do not know them, sofficini are delicious pockets of crunchy (yet soft) dough filled with all sorts of scrumptious cheesey…

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Chocolate Chip Banana and Pumpkin Bread

Chocolate Chip Banana and Pumpkin Bread

I love new recipes that come to life using leftovers.  Doesn’t it feel great to clean out the fridge (or pantry) AND enjoy something new?  Today’s recipe came about just like that.  I had some overripe bananas and some leftover pumpkin purée that absolutely needed to be finished, quickly!  So, I mixed them up to…

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Ful Medames

Ful Medames

I made this dish for the Middle Eastern breakfast we were asked to prepare for this month’s Daring Cooks challenge. Ful Medames is an Egyptian dish made with cooked and mashed fava beans, tomatoes, tahini, lemon juice, fresh coriander leaves, spring onions and extra virgin olive oil.  It is a staple meal in Egypt, but…

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Beetroot Hearts with Goat Cheese

Beetroot Pasta Hearts with Goat Cheese

As you know, I love to play around with pasta’s colours and shapes.  With Valentine’s Day coming up in a couple of days, I thought heart shaped pasta would be in order.  And to make it even more appropriate for the occasion, I thought of making it pink.  You simply add some beetroot to your…

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