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Carbonara, the bastard of globalisation

Carbonara, the bastard of globalisation

  Carbonara outside of Italy is the bastard of globalisation. Internationally, chefs tend to add heavy cream, mushroom and butter to thicken the sauce. The creaminess of an original recipe comes from a raw egg cooked immediately after it’s mixed with the hot pasta. An […]

Tiramisu, the Italian way

Tiramisu, the Italian way

In the 90s, Roma had few pubs, which offered a place to sit and enjoy a pint of your favourite beer. Men dominated the space behind the bar and pushed women to the kitchen. Lorenza had no choice but to work as a cook to support herself in her university days. She used to prepare simple snacks and tiramisu from her aunt’s recipe. A pleasant addition to her daily wage was free booze that was pouring in streams after the closing hours. Students life is not a sad life.

Pizza Dough by Giuseppe de Rosa

Pizza Dough by Giuseppe de Rosa

My first encounter with pizza was in post-communist Poland. In the nineties, a country that no longer suffered from the economic austerity tried to find its way through new flavors and an abundance of ingredients that suddenly appeared in the market. As a teenager, I […]

Pork Ribs in Sticky Vietnamese Sauce

Pork Ribs in Sticky Vietnamese Sauce

In March, while traveling in South-East Asia, Micheal and I took a six-hour bus ride from Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia to Ho Chi Minh (Saigon) in Vietnam. Having been underwhelmed by Cambodian food, Vietnam’s flavours left us speechless. In Ho Chi Minh, we took  a […]

Iranian walnut, pomegranate & chicken stew (Fesenjan)

Iranian walnut, pomegranate & chicken stew (Fesenjan)

More than 50 years ago, Ahmed moved from Tabriz to Shiraz to start his formal education. As per his parents’ advice, he sought shelter at the home of Atef, who was his father’s friend.  Atef worked for the government of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi who […]

Mock Thai Sandwich (with an Italian twist)

Mock Thai Sandwich (with an Italian twist)

July is a beginning of the season for holy basil in Iraq that is also widely used in Thai cuisine. Inspired by the memories of Thailand, I created this simple sandwich. In fact, bread is not very popular in Thailand so a Thai sandwich is a […]

Creamy Seafood Chowder

Creamy Seafood Chowder

In a famous scene from the movie Glengarry Glenross Al Pacino’s character, Ricky, talks about the insufferable heat in New York that day: “They say it was so hot downtown this afternoon grown men on the street corner were going up to cops begging the […]