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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Cherry Tomato and Halloumi Bites

Cherry Tomato and Halloumi Bites

It’s the end of summer here.  The kids are back in school (sigh) and we are enjoying the last days of warm weather.  Wait, what?  I think we will still have quite a few warm days around here, but let’s say that, “officially” summer is almost over.  So, I am sharing one of those recipes…

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Chorizo en Salsa

Chorizo en Salsa

If you follow me on Facebook, you will know that this year we hosted a little New Year’s Eve party at our place.  We had a Spanish theme.  We started off with some Pineapple Mojitos and then we had Sangria and a few tapas: Stuffed Mushrooms, Smoked Salmon, Chorizo en Salsa, Manchego, Jamon Serrano, salami…

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Meatballs in Tomato and Pecorino Romano Sauce

Meatballs in Tomato and Pecorino Romano Sauce

A few days ago, I reviewed an amazing kitchen appliance: the Toollio, a unique multi-function food processor that grinds and tenderises meat, grates cheese and bread, slices and chops vegetables and mozzarella, makes tomato purée… A true gem. As I promised, I am going to publish a few recipes that can give you a better idea…

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Fried Manchego with Tomato and Orange Blossom Jam

Fried Manchego with Tomato and Orange Blossom Jam

In my early 20’s I visited Spain a few times. Oh Spain, an amazing country, one of my favourite places in the world.  I have been to the North (in the Basque country), the center (Madrid is such a beautiful city), the east (I left a piece of my heart in Barcelona and Catalunya) and…

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Spaghetti alla Puttanesca

Spaghetti alla Puttanesca

Finally a pasta dish again! I cannot believe I haven’t published a recipe for pasta in a while!  When we were living in Italy, we used to eat pasta once a day… almost every day.  Yep, that’s the way Italians do it.  But after moving to Australia, we don’t eat it quite as often.  Still,…

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Green bean, tomato and potato salad

Green Bean, Tomato and Potato Salad

Today I want to share with you the recipe for a delicious and healthy side dish.  This Green Bean Tomato and Potato Salad is very special to me and eating it always takes me back in time.  My mum would often make it in summer when we were holidaying in Sicily.  It is a very…

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Fresh Tuna Ragu

FRESH TUNA RAGU

This is a recipe that I learnt from my dad.  He loves tuna (and so do I), so whenever we saw tuna at the markets, we would buy some and make a ragù with it.  Ragù is a generic term that Italians use for tomato based sauces predominantely made with meat, but not only.  The…

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Spaghetti with Mussels

SPAGHETTI WITH MUSSELS

Today’s recipe is yet another classic of Italian cuisine.  It is originally from the South, where fresh mussels are very common, but it is one of those dishes that is now widely eaten throughout the country.  It is a very simple recipe, which doesn’t require many ingredients and, like all simple recipes, needs to be…

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Guacamole

GUACAMOLE

I love Guacamole.  I must admit that, before falling in love with my Chocolate Avocado Mousse, Guacamole was the only reason I would buy avocados as I don’t know many recipes that use it.  Avocados in Italy are not that good as they are rarely ripe, so I wasn’t used to eating them regularly, which…

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MATAROCCO

For this week’s Regional Italian dish I am going to take you back to Sicily.  Today’s recipe is really easy and really tasty, it is one of those family recipes that we would always have during our summer holidays.  It is hearty and delicious, full of “local” flavours as all the ingredients are easily available in…

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