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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, […]

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.

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 […]

Truffle Hunting

Truffle Hunting

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 […]

Home-made Pasta

Home-made Pasta

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 […]

Roma, communism and offal

Roma, communism and offal

A long time ago I promised myself that one day I’d visit Rome and spend all my money on food. This July, my dream came true. I had always imagined Rome to be a cosmopolitan city marked by the glorious history of the old Roman […]