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Rome at home – pizza rossa

March 21, 2016

I have written about street food in Rome in this post. The two most popular street foods are pizza bianca and pizza rosa. Last night I made pizza dough just for fun and let it rise in the fridge overnight to develop flavour. today I thought I’d make pizza rossa to remind me of what it was like to have it in Rome. A dough based on 3 cups “00” flour made 4 elongated pizzas.... View Article

Eggplant spread with roasted pepper

March 17, 2016

This is one of my favourite ways of using eggplant – roasting and combining the flesh with tahini paste to make a traditional mediterranean style salad, or I call it a spread or a dip. Get a shiny, plump eggplant without bruises. Make a few cuts on top for steam to escape and place in the oven on a foil lined baking sheet. Roast for a while (30 minutes or so) at 400F until it... View Article

Radish salad rolls

March 10, 2016

These were inspired by an image I saw somewhere on the web a few days ago. Of course trying to find it the second time is impossible with so much going on the net. They were beautiful and colourful and stuck in my mind. The other day I was slicing a bunch of colourful radishes for a salad and remembered the image, so changed course and made a few salad rolls for lunch. If you... View Article

Pizza bianca

February 29, 2016

Pizza bianca is ubiquitous in Rome being the number one snack food that Romans buy and eat. It is also one of the foods that I missed the most when we returned home after 100 days in Italy recently. In Rome it became a daily ritual for us to stop by our local bakery and pick up a warm piece of just baked pizza bianca to enjoy standing at the counter or outside the store,... View Article

Flatbread with olive oil and homemade za’atar

December 24, 2015

Zaatar is the sine qua non of middle eastern cooking. It’s indispensable for its flavour and versatility. Zaatar, meaning thyme in Arabic, refers not to thyme but to a slightly tangy, intensely aromatic  spice blend that can be used to flavour many dishes, middle eastern or not. As with all things culinary, there are many versions of zaatar with ingredients ranging from thyme, oregano, minty hyssop, tangy sumac, marjoram and sesame seeds and I have... View Article

Fresh ricotta on grilled bread

November 26, 2015

I don’t know if you have access to fresh ricotta made this morning but I bought mine from the cheese maker next door while staying at the off the beaten path agriturismo Palazzo del Duca in Tavernelle. A blog post about the experience is in the making but I had to use the cheese right away so here is one of the ways I used it, simplicity itself, and in the words of Leonardo da... View Article

Roasted red pepper hummus

October 23, 2015

Here is another pre-scheduled post because I am either en route to or just arrived in Italy and wanted to keep you entertained and informed. I made the recipe just before I left for Milan, with only you in mind:). This is an easy hummus, or a sandwich spread, or a vegetable dip that is worth having in your repertoire. I make it with canned organic garbanzo beans and one roasted red pepper (freshly roasted... View Article

Roasted salted squash seeds

October 16, 2015

I roasted a bunch of squashes the other day and thought I shouldn’t waste the seeds. It’s a little work separating them from the stringy bits of squash flesh that want to stick to them but you know, it’s doable. So I pulled the seeds out of the squash cavity, cleaned them the best I could and spread them on a parchment sheet to dry overnight. The next day I drizzled them with a little... View Article

Quick and simple candied nuts

September 29, 2015

If you were to look in my freezer one thing that you would always find is a bag with candied buts, often hazelnuts. I use them as an extra item to add to salads, savoury grain dishes, along with cheese, desserts, over breakfast oatmeal, in pancakes or waffles, I’ll stop here but you get the picture. Sometimes I buy instead of making them and we have a few good sources for buying them prepared, but... View Article

Asian salad rolls and lettuce wraps

September 25, 2015

I am alone at home for the week but that doesn’t keep me away from the kitchen. Sometime in my evolution as a wife and a mother I fell in love with cooking and begun an affair with my kitchen. I was lucky to have a wonderful, warm and comfortable kitchen at Trail’s End (our previous home) where I could acquire culinary skills, express my artistic abilities and develop a style of my own. As in... View Article

Grilled scallions with Salibitxada sauce

September 9, 2015

When we were in Spain we  were lucky to be in Barcelona during the calçot season and I wrote about the experience here. Calçot is a type of scallion or green onion, only it is grown in a special way that makes it much thicker, more like the size of a slender leek. It is a specialty of Catalunya and the Calçot from Valls in Tarrragona (a province of Catalunya) has a a DOC status... View Article

Bruschetta with heirloom tomatoes

September 8, 2015

This is a recipe that needs no introduction. It’s one of the most popular  dishes to come out of Italy but if you travel you’d know that almost every country has a version of this delicious bread and tomato dish. In Spain they have the delicious pan con tomate, where they rub a tomato over a grilled piece of bread. We had this for breakfast throughout out two months stay in Spain and i am... View Article