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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Torta di Mele della Nonna

Torta di Mele della Nonna

Today’s recipe is literally called “Granny’s Apple Cake”, but it’s not my granny’s recipe.  It is indeed, a very classic Italian style apple cake, one that my granny would have loved.  I have a thing for apple cakes and pies.  I find them really comforting.  As it is the beginning of winter here in Australia (and…

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Pomegranate Panna Cotta

Pomegranate Panna Cotta

Oh yes, another panna cotta recipe.  I know, I know… I already have quite a few on the blog, but it is a dessert that I really love and I often make it.  Besides, it is so easy and quick to put together that it often comes in handy.  Panna cotta is a little like…

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Swordfish and Pistachio Pasta

Swordfish and Pistachio Pasta

Pasta, finally.  You know that, even though I am Italian, I don’t share pasta recipes as much as I’d like.  The main reason is that I don’t like to take pictures of pasta.  There, I said it.  When I take the shots for my blog, I don’t like to be rushed and I prefer to…

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Pandoro

Pandoro

Christmas in Italy means Panettone or Pandoro.  There’s a huge rivalry between the supporters of these two traditional sweets and very often people who like one will tell you they dislike the other.  As a child, I was definitely on the Pandoro’s team.  Even though I have always liked sultanas (I used to eat them…

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Mozzarella and Sun dried Tomato Pork Sausage

Mozzarella and Sun dried Tomato Pork Sausage

If you follow Manu’s Menu, you must remember that a few weeks ago, I reviewed the Toollio, an amazing multi-function kitchen appliance.  Since then, I have been using the Toollio regularly and sharing some recipes that show how versatile this machine is and today, I will be posting the last recipe of this little series.  Among the…

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Lavazza 8 (1 of 1)

Lavazza #FromItalywithPassion

I am very excited about today’s post… as it is all about coffee and Italy.  If you follow me on Facebook, you would have seen that I posted a special message for Manu’s Menu a few days ago.  Yep, the Lavazza barista contacted me to help him spread the word about the Lavazza #FromItalywithPassion campaign.  I…

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Burrata and Truffle Oil Risotto

Burrata and Truffle Oil Risotto

Maybe not everyone is familiar with Burrata.  It is a kind of fresh cheese typical of the Italian region of Apulia, in the south of the country.  It is in fact a “composite” cheese as it is made of a mozzarella outer shell filled with soft mozzarella scraps and cream and then closed to form…

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Roasted Bell Peppers

Roasted Bell Peppers

Bell pepper, or capsicum as they are known here in Australia, are among my favourite vegetables.  I have always liked them, ever since I was little.  In summer, they would make a regular appearance on our table and I was always delighted.  My mother would make them in many different ways and even though my…

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Sarde Allinguate

Sarde Allinguate

I know I have said this before, but sardines are my favourite fish ever.  They are cheap and so good for you and I highly recommend you try them.  I just wish I could find them more often here in Sydney!  Today I will share with you a traditonal Sicilian recipe, very common in the…

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Gnocchi alla Romana

Gnocchi alla Romana

This month, the Daring Cooks challenged us to think inside the box – the icebox, that is! Audax taught us some really cool tips and tricks for stocking our freezers with prepare-ahead meals that can keep our taste buds satisfied even during the busiest of times. It is back to school time for many families in the…

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Beetroot and Ricotta Gnocchi with Gorgonzola

Beetroot and Ricotta Gnocchi with Gorgonzola

I have always love beetroot, a taste I share with my dad.  I remember often buying it at the store whenever it was available.  We would buy it cooked, ready to be sliced and eaten.  My favourite way to eat beets was to make them into a simple salad with extra virgin olive oil and…

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Home-made Verzini

Home-made Verzini

As you may know, I was born and brought up in Milan.  Foodwise, Milan is famous for risotto (especially Risotto alla Milanese, made with saffron), ossobuco, cotoletta, panettone and cassoeula.  As you can see, I have already shared the recipes for the most famous Milanese food… all, but one: Cassoeula.  The reason why it took…

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Pomegranate Risotto

Pomegranate Risotto

As you know, autumn has come to the Southern hemisphere.  I can’t lie… I don’t mind it.  I welcome the fresher air and the leaves changing colour on the trees.  It is a beautiful season.  And I LOVE autumn food: mushrooms, chestnuts, quince… pomegranates.  In fact, pomegranates always put a smile on my face: I…

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THE DARING COOKS’ JANUARY 2014 CHALLENGE: ARANCINE

This month’s challenge is very special for a few reasons. For starters, our hostess, Manu, graciously stepped in with very little notice and created an entire amazing challenge in pretty much no time at all. Secondly, Manu managed to do all of this while publishing her very first e-cookbook. Seriously, you simply must check it…

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Parmigiano Reggiano Tarts with Cotechino

PARMIGIANO REGGIANO TARTS WITH COTECHINO

If you follow Manu’s Menu quite regularly, you will remember me saying that Italians always have cotechino for New Year’s Eve.  It is like having turkey for Thanksgiving… it’s a given and something that can never be missing from our table.  I have shared with you a few recipes for it during the years… from…

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