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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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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Parmigiano Reggiano Cookies

PARMIGIANO REGGIANO COOKIES

I love savoury cookies and I love cheese!  I had been wanting to make these cookies for a very long time and I finally got a chance for my daughter’s party!  These taste AMAZING… so much better than the cheese crackers you buy!  These are made with Parmigiano Reggiano and anything tastes better with the…

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PARMIGIANO REGGIANO PANNA COTTA

I know I know… I am sure you are thinking that I must have gone mad.  Yes, Parmigiano Reggiano is a cheese and Yes again, Panna Cotta is (usually) a dessert.  But hear me out.  What is panna cotta made of?  Basically, cream.  To which we add flavours, milk (sometimes), gelatine and sugar.  If you…

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Easy Eggplant Parmigiana

EASY EGGPLANT PARMIGIANA

Today I want to share with you my family’s recipe for Eggplant Parmigiana.  It is a simplified and lighter version of the classic Parmigiana that has mozzarella inside and needs baking.  This is a much faster recipe and I love to make it in summer, when I do not feel like turning on the oven…

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Prosciutto, Rocket and Grana Cheese Pizza

PROSCIUTTO, ROCKET AND GRANA CHEESE PIZZA

My husband adores pizza… so, to please him (and the kids!), I usually make pizza on Sunday evening.  Home made pizza can be quite healthy, depending on the toppings you use and it is quite common in Italian houses to make pizza once a week.  While my husband enjoys his pizza with salami, I like…

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CARPACCIO WITH GRANA PADANO AND ROCKET

Summer in Italy can be very hot, though since living in Sydney the term “hot” got a much “warmer” meaning… 😉  Anyhow, Italians tend to eat light in summer.  We do not like to use the oven or the stove too much when the outside temperature is so hot, especially when you think that the…

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BEEF SCHIACCIATINA

This is one of my “go to” recipes for a quick, yet delicious mid week meal.  Schiacciatina means “something small that has been pressed”, and it is basically a very flat burger made with only ground beef, Parmigiano Reggiano, salt and pepper.  My mum used to make this often for me as a child.  I…

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PARMIGIANO REGGIANO GELATO

Today I want to share with you a recipe that may sound unusual, but it is one of the best appetisers I have eaten in a looong time: gelato made with Parmigiano Reggiano!  It is very easy to make, yet it is very fancy… it is one of those dishes that I love serving at…

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PUMPKIN GNOCCHI WITH BUTTER AND SAGE

I love making flavoured gnocchi and these pumpkin gnocchi are particularly tasty.  They are actually made with a mix of potatoes and pumpkin, so they are as soft and pillowy as potato gnocchi, with a hint of pumpkin flavour and colour.  Don’t they look beautiful?  I like to make these especially in autumn/winter when pumpkins…

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