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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Artichoke Frittata

Artichoke Frittata

While growing up, Saturday lunch was usually a frittata at my place.  My mum has always loved frittata and it was a good weekly break from our pasta, fish and meat meals.  I used to go to school on Saturdays (yep, we used to go to school 6 days a week…) and I would come…

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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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Pumpkin Risotto with Gorgonzola Sauce

Pumpkin Risotto with Gorgonzola Sauce

Today I am back with a typical Italian recipe.  This is a dish that well represents Lombardy, the region where I was born.  Milan is very famous for its risotto and pumpkin is often used in our cooking.  Gorgonzola, my favourite cheese ever, is a blue cheese originally from the town of Gorgonzola, very close…

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Carciofi in Pinzimonio

Carciofi in Pinzimonio

I grew up in a family of artichoke lovers.  Every week, in winter, my parents would buy plenty of artichokes at the local market and we would eat them in all sorts of ways.  I have already shared a few recipes and ideas on what to do with this delicious vegetable, and today I am…

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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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Zucchini Flower and Stracchino Risotto

Zucchini Flower and Stracchino Risotto

A few weeks ago, I went to the markets and managed to find some good deals.  I bought a whole tray of artichokes for less than half the price they are usually sold at the grocery store and I was also lucky enough to find zucchini flowers.  Zucchini flowers are very common in Italy and…

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Hot Tea Smoked Salmon

Hot Tea Smoked Salmon

I must confess that I do not watch much TV.  I used to watch many cooking shows before having kids, but nowadays… they “own” the remote.  If the TV is on and the girls are home, they will chose what to watch.  The weird thing is, I do not mind too much.  There’s only one…

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Sun-dried Tomato and Chickpea Maftoul Salad

Sun-dried Tomato and Chickpea Maftoul Salad

A few months ago, I shared with you the recipe for Maftoul with Chicken, a traditional Palestinian dish.  As you know I am part of the Daring Cooks and one of the challenges was to make Maftoul from scratch!  So, what is Maftoul?  I have seen it many times on the shelves of my local…

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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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 Passion fruit Béarnaise Sauce

Passion fruit Béarnaise Sauce

This month, the Daring Cooks got a little saucy! Jenni from the Gingered Whisk taught us the basics of how to make the five mother-sauces and encouraged us to get creative with them, creating a wide variety of delicious, fresh sauces in our very own kitchens. I was really thrilled by this challenge!  I make some sauces…

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