Latest Recipes

Spinach Risotto – Risotto con gli spinaci

Spinach Risotto – Risotto con gli spinaci

Spinach risotto is certainly not the first combination that comes to your mind when you think about risotto, but you’ll be surprised of its deliciousness if you try it once! As I had to  finish emptying my fridge before going to Italy tomorrow for my much deserved holidays, I thought to use my fresh spinach to do something simple but nice, not long to prepare but also comfortable. For your info, I also had some mozzarella bites, black olives, tomatoes and capers and I granted myself a nice aperitivo before eating this risotto on my terrace.  I am so happy tomorrow I can finally go home for some time, enjoy the beach, the family and some time off from work, far from the office for a while 🙂

(more…)

Potato and green bean salad with homemade vinaigrette – Insalata di patate e fagiolini

Potato and green bean salad with homemade vinaigrette – Insalata di patate e fagiolini

The potato and green been salad is a versatile and tasty dish that can be prepared beforehand and admits many variants. In summer it is a classic side dish for barbecues and picnic lunches, but in moderate quantity it can be also a good appetizer. I love the fact that together with the two basic ingredients that compose this recipe you can add different elements every time – like tuna for example, or eggs – and turn a side into a main course to bring to work instead of the usual sandwich! The great thing about potato and green bean salad is that you can eat it warm or cold, on the moment or the day after. I love making a big batch of it and bring it with me to the beach the day after (just 4 days left to my holidays, finally!)

(more…)

Pasta with Sicilian Pesto – Caserecce con pesto alla Siciliana

Pasta with Sicilian Pesto – Caserecce con pesto alla Siciliana

Pasta with Sicilian pesto is a very fresh and tasty alternative to the more famous – and good – genoese pesto. For genoese pesto you should make use of basil, pine nuts, Parmesan cheese, Pecorino and garlic; the result is the typical, famous green colored sauce that everybody knows. Nevertheless, there are many other types of pesto, whose ingredients vary depending on the region of origin. It is very easy to find different recipes from many different sources. Isn’t it great? Thanks to this richness of ingredients we can prepare and taste different amazing pesti, each of them featuring specific products with a regional identity.

(more…)

Coffee mousse – Crema di Caffé

Coffee mousse – Crema di Caffé

Espresso mousse is one of those summer treats that you can’t afford to miss, above all if you are a coffee addict like I am. In general, coffee is more than a beverage for us Italians, it’s a lifestyle, it’s a ritual, and we like to make use of it in different ways, ice-creams and desserts. In summer, when the weather is very warm and you really feel like you need your espresso but  you also want something refreshing, you should know that you can have it all! Sure, you might have a granita al caffè, or a gelato, but if you really have a sweet tooth, why not trying a very nice crema di caffé?

(more…)


You should try...

Authentic Spaghetti Carbonara Recipe

Authentic Spaghetti Carbonara Recipe

Don’t take this wrong, but for an Italian like me it’s really a pain to see how mistreated is the spaghetti Carbonara recipe all around the web.

I mean, spaghetti carbonara is a luscious, four ingredients recipe which is almost pornographic in its goodness.

 

Nevertheless, even some international superstar chefs everybody follows get it wrong! Yes, I know, I might be slightly melodramatic, but let me ask you a question. What if somebody took your grandma’s best recipe and started giving it all around, completely messed up, passing it off for her best recipe? I bet you won’t be happy. (more…)


Life is Tasty

Spinach Risotto – Risotto con gli spinaci

Spinach Risotto – Risotto con gli spinaci

Spinach risotto is certainly not the first combination that comes to your mind when you think about risotto, but you’ll be surprised of its deliciousness if you try it once! As I had to  finish emptying my fridge before going to Italy tomorrow for my […]

Potato and green bean salad with homemade vinaigrette – Insalata di patate e fagiolini

Potato and green bean salad with homemade vinaigrette – Insalata di patate e fagiolini

The potato and green been salad is a versatile and tasty dish that can be prepared beforehand and admits many variants. In summer it is a classic side dish for barbecues and picnic lunches, but in moderate quantity it can be also a good appetizer. […]

Coffee mousse – Crema di Caffé

Coffee mousse – Crema di Caffé

Espresso mousse is one of those summer treats that you can’t afford to miss, above all if you are a coffee addict like I am. In general, coffee is more than a beverage for us Italians, it’s a lifestyle, it’s a ritual, and we like […]

Spaghetti with anchovies and breadcrumbs

Spaghetti with anchovies and breadcrumbs

Spaghetti with anchovies and breadcrumbs is part of that group of recipes that I call “the Midnight recipes”. What I indicate when I use this expression are those last-minute meals you prepare by night, those impromptu meals when you are with friends after a night […]

Sicilian Salad from Pantelleria – Insalata Pantesca

Sicilian Salad from Pantelleria – Insalata Pantesca

  All Mediterranean flavors are packed in this Sicilian salad from Pantelleria, in Italian, insalata pantesca.  I find this a perfect treat on a super sunny and hot day like the one we are having today in Brussels – 30 degrees!! When I sit on […]