Olive Schiacciate

Olive Schiacciate

Olive Schiacciate (or Cracked Olives) are very popular in Italy, especially in the South.  They are cracked olives in brine.  I remember going to one of the beautiful and colourful markets in Palermo as a child and getting drawn to the stalls that would sell olives.  They had so many different kinds.  Mountains of delicious,…

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Mixed Tomato and Halloumi Salad

Mixed Tomato and Halloumi Salad

I am enjoying the Italian springtime at the moment and I can’t help but thinking about the amazing tomato crop that will soon be available at the local markets.  There is absolutely nothing better than ripe Italian tomatoes!  I must say though, that Australia too grows some delicious tomatoes, like the ones in this recipe. …

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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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Artichoke and Taleggio Risotto

Artichoke and Taleggio Risotto

Today I want to share another of my risotto recipes.  As you know, I like risotto probably more than pasta and I make it often.  Actually, as it can be made so quickly, I often make it for lunch when I am home alone.  Yes, you read that right!  Unlike what many people think, risotto…

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Ravioli di Magro

Ravioli di Magro #SundaySupper

This week’s #SundaySupper theme is “Retro Food”.  Ah, how fun is that?  The thing is, being Italian, I have no idea what people in other countries used to cook and eat in the past… so, I had to resort to an Italian recipe.  And I went for a classic.  I must admit that this dish is…

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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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