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Tag: Italian

Stuffed zucchini flowers

Stuffed zucchini flowers

“One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” The old adage is very true when it comes to Zucchini flowers. They are one of those things that are either treasured or discarded without a second thought. I learned to treasure them while living in Italy where […]

Roasted artichoke, tomato and chilli pasta

Roasted artichoke, tomato and chilli pasta

During artichoke season there are so many great ways to enjoy fresh artichokes, one of my favourite is a simple pasta sugo (sauce) made with the leaves of roasted artichokes mixed into a regular sugo. Even factoring in baking the artichokes for half an hour, […]

Oven-baked artichokes with a crunchy almond topping

Oven-baked artichokes with a crunchy almond topping

  As a Polish, I’m no authority when it comes to artichokes. If you had given them to me some years ago, I wouldn’t even know where to start, thinking that they belong in a vase rather than on a plate. That’s why discovering the […]

The Mock Cheesecake

The Mock Cheesecake

Hey there, Christmas is coming, and it’s time to think about Christmas desserts. My family used to bake a time-consuming Polish cheesecake. A day before baking the cake, my grandma would buy a box of fresh cottage cheese, which she then ground in a decade-old […]

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.

Superstitious Pasta with Shrimp

Superstitious Pasta with Shrimp

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.

Homemade limoncello – Where have all the grandmas and grandpas gone?

Homemade limoncello – Where have all the grandmas and grandpas gone?

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 […]

Carbonara with Summer Garden Peas, Prosciutto Crudo and Parmesan Shavings

Carbonara with Summer Garden Peas, Prosciutto Crudo and Parmesan Shavings

A nice summery twist on the Italian classic. I find that garden peas add a fresh touch and using prosciutto gives a lighter dish than the classic pancetta which of course you can use if prosciutto is not available. For the pasta we used a […]