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 […]
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.
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 […]
This July, I visited Lorenza in Rome. Early one morning, we set off to the oldest fishmonger in Ostiense: a neighborhood known for its street art and old industrial buildings. We were on a mission to stock up for that evening’s seafood dinner. It was a hot summer day filled with urban noise and a humid breeze from the Thyrrhenian Sea. The fish monger shop was straight out of a story book. It clearly hadn’t aged well and there were no windows inside.
This July, when in Italy, I visited Bracciano, a small town situated 50 km north-west of Rome over a picturesque lake of the same name. The village was known for its medieval castle rising majestically above small stone houses, where Tom Cruise, Eros Ramazotti, and […]
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 […]
I started to make Limoncello some years ago and the response from Italians took me a little bit by surprise as it seems that not many people make their own any more. I lived in Italy for four and a half years and in that […]
This July, temperature in Iraq reached 50 degrees Celsius. Leaving the comfort of an air-conditioned room was an adventure in itself. Despite the weather being nothing like that in Poland, the taste of some long-forgotten flavors took me back home for a while. Polish potato dumplings stuffed with […]
It was the middle of July. Rome’s muggy summer air filled my lungs as I walked out of the metro station at Laurentina. Fascist buildings paying tribute to a bygone era were just down the road, among them the Italian Parliament and the famous Mussolini […]
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 […]