Page #11 – Let me eat the potatoes

Savoury pies are meals spread all over the world and their birth is probably attributed to the use of cooking the dishes in a shell of dough, originally made only with water and flour, to preserve them from the fire, like a sort of oven. At first the shell was therefore very hard and impossibleContinue reading “Page #11 – Let me eat the potatoes”

Torta rustica al salmone, patate e Philadelphia || Smoked salmon, potato and cream cheese quiche

Ingredients For the shortcrust: 350 gr spelt or wholemeal flour 140 ml acqua 90 ml sunflower oil 1 teaspoon of salt For the filling: 2 medium boiled potatoes 200 gr of cream cheese 1 egg 100 gr smocked salmon A sprig of chives 2/3 pinches of salt Ground white pepper Method: Put the flour, theContinue reading “Torta rustica al salmone, patate e Philadelphia || Smoked salmon, potato and cream cheese quiche”

Page #10 – The Italian style breakfast

The best-known Italian breakfast is undoubtedly cappuccino and croissant, but if you ask Italians what they eat at home for breakfast, I’m sure most of them will answer milk and biscuits. The milk, whether from animal or vegetable sources, can be white (especially for children) or “macchiato” with more or less coffee, and sometimes thereContinue reading “Page #10 – The Italian style breakfast”

Page #9 – The color of the Roman spring

Courgettes are now cooked all year round, regardless of the season. However, I am of a certain age and I remember well when courgettes were eaten only in the hot season, from spring to late summer. Maybe it’s for this reason, or because fresh courgettes are bright green and their flowers have the colour ofContinue reading “Page #9 – The color of the Roman spring”

Fusilli con crema di zucchine e menta || Pasta with courgettes and mint cream

Ingredients: 2 courgettes 1 small potato 50 gr. grated parmesan or pecorino cheese A dozen fresh mint leaves 1 garlic clove extra virgin olive oil salt white ground pepper 200 gr. fusilli sunflower oil to fry Method: For this recipe we need an immersion blender with its glass or a deep bowl. First of all,Continue reading “Fusilli con crema di zucchine e menta || Pasta with courgettes and mint cream”

Garlic

Did you know that… Garlic, like its relative onion, is a very ancient spontaneous plant, originally from Central Asia where its cultivation began and then spread in the rest of the world. It has always been used both as a food plant and for its extraordinary therapeutic properties that Pasteur scientifically defined in 1858: garlicContinue reading “Garlic”

Page #8 – Peppers came later

Chicken cooked in pieces in a casserole, with various spices and condiments, is a dish that is widespread all over the world: Indian curry chicken, Moroccan chicken tagine, Tuscan chicken alla cacciatora. Roman style chicken in a pan is extremely simple: a chicken stew in tomato sauce, cooked with white wine and flavoured with theContinue reading “Page #8 – Peppers came later”

Pollo con i peperoni || Chicken with bell peppers

Chicken with bell peppers is an easy and tasty recipe, very popular in Rome. I will use chicken thighs and drumsticks, but you can also use a whole chicken in pieces, or if you prefer just chicken breast fillets (and in this case the cooking time will be shorter). I prefer to use these cutsContinue reading “Pollo con i peperoni || Chicken with bell peppers”

Spigola all’acqua pazza || Seabass in crazy water

Ingredients: 2 sea-bass fillets 3 spoons of extra virgin olive oil 1 small garlic clove, chopped a small bunch of chopped parsley 4/5 cherry or datterini tomato, well washed and cut in half 2 fingers of dry white wine salt ground black pepper chilli flakes or a few slices of fresh chilli pepper Method: PutContinue reading “Spigola all’acqua pazza || Seabass in crazy water”

Cinnamon

When I decided to create the “pantry” section, I realised that, in order to write correctly about the various products I use and recommend, I would have had to study. This week it was cinnamon’s turn and I knew I would have had a lot to read because spices have an ancient history and alsoContinue reading “Cinnamon”