Category Archives: Recipes

Lasagna Al Ragu’ Bolognese

(click on pictures to enlarge) A couple of weeks ago, I went to a concert with a friend after which we went for dinner. The restaurant was one where I had eaten before, and where the food is generally quite … Continue reading

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An Appetizer for Zucchini Growers

Zucchini flowers have been abundant in the market in the last few weeks. I love seeing those bright yellow flowers in among the greens and always stop to admire them. They are used in a number of dishes. I’ve had … Continue reading

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Leek and Chickpea Soup Alla Marcella Hazan

Fidz is much more passionate about cooking than I am and consequently I’m quite happy to leave him to it. However, last Sunday, I felt an urge to make Marcella Hazan’s leek and ceci (chickpea) soup. Marcella Hazan is credited … Continue reading

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Orecchiette Con Rapini

  When I arrived here a year ago, I was disappointed to find no broccoli or rapini in the market as I like both these vegetables. This is because fresh vegetables are strictly seasonal here and these are fall/winter vegetables. … Continue reading

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Orange Olive Oil Cake

Last week while doing a Google search on Tarocco oranges, I stumbled upon a recipe for Blood orange olive oil cake. Just reading it made my mouth water so I decided to give it a shot. The kitchen in our … Continue reading

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Making Thai Shrimp Soup in Rome

  To someone like me who is used to fall and winter in Toronto, the weather here in Rome has been glorious so far, sunny most of the time with temperatures around 17C and trees which still haven’t lost all … Continue reading

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If Life Hands You Lemons……………………

Why do lemons have a bad rap? We speak of a troublesome, used car as a lemon or we ask why life has handed us a lemon. In my opinion, lemons are a gift. Which other fruit can we use … Continue reading

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Fiori di Zucca

One of the most colourful items in the market right now are bunches of zucchini flowers. There they sit, a beautiful golden yellow, like a burst of sunshine (not that there’s no sunshine outside!).  The Romans eat them stuffed with … Continue reading

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Agretti or Barba di Frati (Monk’s Beard)

Having travelled in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas, I thought I had seen most vegetables. Wrong! The first time, I went to our local market, I saw bunches of what looked like a cross between dill and fine grass, … Continue reading

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