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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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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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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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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Pappardelle alla Contadina

Pappardelle alla Contadina

A few weeks ago, I reviewed the Toollio, an amazing multi-function food processor that really makes your life easier in the kitchen.  I am very happy with it and, as promised, I am doing a little series on recipes developed using the Toollio to showcase its versatility.  After making some hearty meatballs and a luscious cheesecake, today…

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Crespelle Cake with Broccoli

Crespelle Cake with Broccoli

A few months ago, I shared with you the recipe for another Crespelle “cake” made with asparagus and I liked it so much that I decided to make it again using other vegetables.  This time, it’s broccoli.  I adore broccoli, it is one of my favourite vegetables.  I have adapted a classic pairing of Italian cuisine…

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Carciofi alla Trapanese  

Carciofi alla Trapanese #SundaySupper

This week the Sunday Supper team is sharing recipes for lighter foods to balance out the indulgences that go along with all the feasting, parties and celebrations of the upcoming holiday season. And what better than artichokes to eat lighter, healthier but still delicious food?  Did you know that the total antioxidant capacity of artichokes is one…

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Porcini Mushroom Vol au Vents

Porcini Mushroom Vol au Vents

Vol au Vents, although originally from France, are widely used in Italy and even though they were probably more in fashion a few years ago, they are still often found on buffet tables and finger food dinners.  I really like them.  There is nothing better than biting into a crispy and flaky shell of puff…

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Cheese Bitterballen

Cheese Bitterballen

The October Daring Cooks’ Challenge was brought to us by Andrea from 4pure. She introduced us to one of her family favorites which is soon to become one of yours, too. Welcome to the world of Dutch Bitterballen! Oh that sounded intriguing!  I love discovering new dishes and this one sounded particularly yummy and… exotic.  But…

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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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Minestrone

Minestrone

Having grown up in Milan, where winters are quite cold, I have had my fair share of soups.  In fact, my mum would often make soup for dinner.  My favourite has always been Pasta e Fagioli, but she has always made a fantastic Minestrone.  Contrary to what it may seem, Minestrone is actually a  pretty…

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