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Roman-Style Spinach – Spinaci alla Romana

Roman-Style Spinach – Spinaci alla Romana

I’ll be honest, this Roman-style spinach is something that saves my weekly dinner almost regularly. I buy tons of spinach every week and then at a certain moment I realize it is  still there in the fridge and I don’t have too much time to prepare a quiche or I don’t feel like making risotto, or pasta, and then – puuff! – something pops in my head and I Immediately know what I have to do, above all when I need a sweet flavour too. And every mouthful of this dish mixes savoury and sweet with mastery, with the crunchy pine nuts counterbalancing the moistness of the raisins, and embracing the spinach giving an extra touch to an otherwise pretty basic dish.

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What did you eat on Valentine’s day? + Round up

What did you eat on Valentine’s day? + Round up

I have to be honest, this week has been terribly busy due to so many things and I have spent no time at home at all that I am starting feeling pretty tired! For the same reason, I spent my Valentine’s night at the restaurant, not so much because it was Valentine’s day – I find it pretty commercial and for me it does not add any value to a relationship, if there’s love Valentine’s day is everyday – but because my fridge being almost empty, the idea of sitting and being well treated looked way more appealing!

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Farfalle with  smoked Salmon and Truffle Sauce

Farfalle with smoked Salmon and Truffle Sauce

Very chic choice,  these farfalle with smoked salmon and truffle sauce!  I was wondering how I could impress some people that I had invited, but with the things I had in the fridge as it was a last minute invitation, so I just decided to opt for pasta, to start with –  I have plenty of pasta at home, as you can imagine, my mom sends me boxes and boxes of it every now and then. Don’t ask why, considering that here you easily find it in any supermarket. Mothers in Italy are very worried and concerned about nutrition, as if I moved into the jungle or in the Sahara and my survival was at stake. I sometimes feel very bad telling her that here we feed ourselves as normal humans and that supermarkets work the same way!

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Pasta cacio e ova – Pasta with cheese and eggs

Pasta cacio e ova – Pasta with cheese and eggs

You might think pasta with cheese and eggs is simply a carbonara, but it doesn’t have to be true, let me tell you! Carbonara has a strict identity as I already explained in my recipe, and it  requires always the same four ingredients. I am pretty flexible when it’s possible to be – so Italian from my part to say that, I realize that – but I am very careful when it comes to such famous recipes with a very precise identity! Now, even if the recipe I am presenting today can look the same, it is not exactly the case.

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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…)


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Baked cod fillets with Parmesan lemon and herbs

Baked cod fillets with Parmesan lemon and herbs

Baked cod fillets is a very simple dish that can be prepared in a short time, it is light enough to be eaten at dinner and during the week – we leave the excess to the weekend,don’t we? – but it is fancy enough to […]

Fettuccine boscaiola – with sausage and porcini mushrooms

Fettuccine boscaiola – with sausage and porcini mushrooms

Fettuccine boscaiola (meaning from the wood) is indeed a  family favorite.  Pasta with mushrooms, we could simplify, but it is actually much more than this. Do you know this dish or ever tried to make it at home? If yes, then you already experienced the […]

White bean and Kale soup – Minestra di fagioli e cavolo nero

White bean and Kale soup – Minestra di fagioli e cavolo nero

White bean and kale soup is a delicious warm dish that I highly recommed when the cold season comes. I have to say that during the last few days here in Brussels we have been experiencing a drastic temperature drop, and the days have started […]

Mushroom soup – Vellutata di funghi

Mushroom soup – Vellutata di funghi

Mushroom soup – vellutata di funghi, in Italian – is another treat you can grant yourself in this challenging but charming season. So warm and comforting, I appreciate it a lot for its rustic taste and for the easiness in the preparation. The outcome of […]

Pumpkin Risotto with Gorgonzola

Pumpkin Risotto with Gorgonzola

Pumpkin risotto with gorgonzola is one of the few reasons why I don’t dislike autumn too much 🙂 Yes, I am indeed  more of a summer child, and sometimes I find very hard to enjoy the cold weather, the rain and so on! Nevertheless, there […]