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Contadina Soup (Farmer’s soup)

Contadina Soup (Farmer’s soup)

Trust me, even if you don't go crazy for veggies, this soup will make you change your mind! It is on my comfort food's list and I consider it one of the best alternatives to pasta. The recipe is mine and I think it perfectly exemplify the spirit of the...

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Pears and Goat cheese Millefoglie

Pears and Goat cheese Millefoglie

A super quick and easy fresh dessert with delicious caramelized pears and goat cream cheese that you can top with walnuts. I found only pecan nuts in Jo'burg for now but I will keep on struggling to find walnuts! 😉 1 Williams pear 120 g spreadable goat...

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Peperonata (bell pepper stew)

Peperonata (bell pepper stew)

A delicious Umbrian bell pepper stew, slow-cooked for one hour... 1 red bell pepper 1 green bell pepper 1 yellow bell pepper 1 onion 1 garlic clove 400 g peeled tomatoes salt extra virgin olive oil water 500 ml 1 h easy 4 Heat 5-6 tbsp of olive...

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Spicy Barley with Kale and Potatoes

Spicy Barley with Kale and Potatoes

A rustic vegetarian recipe from Umbrian cuisine! Barley is very popular in my home region as well as it is in other areas of central Italy. As long as spelt, is often used as a main ingredient in soups. Today we will use it as a substitute for rice. 400 g...

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Arancini (rice fritters)

Arancini (rice fritters)

Let's go with some Sunday food! This is my version of the famous Sicilian rice balls. FOR THE FILLING: 300 g of ragù (recipe here) 300 g rice 100 g cooked peas half onion 1 mozzarella, diced into little cubes 50 g Parmesan cheese, grated 50 g Pecorino...

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Stuffed Peppers

Stuffed Peppers

These peppers have a place of honor in my comfort food's personal list. During summer I usually make a lighter vegetarian version to bring with me to the seaside as a beach-food. Sometimes I replace sausage with tuna. What I propose today is the version...

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Sausages with grapes

Sausages with grapes

Pellegrino Artusi, author of the famous Italian cook book "Science in the Kitchen and the Art of Eating Well", wrote: "It is a common dish but I take it into account because of that sweet and sour grapes. It could please someone." So here's this simple but...

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Sicilian scented doryfish fillet

Sicilian scented doryfish fillet

A sprinkle of mediterranean style on this dory fish fillet..with a secret ingredient! 2 dory fish fillets with skin 10 cherry tomatoes 1 anchovy capers, a bunch 2 lemon zest 2 garlic cloves fresh parsley extra virgin olive oil salt 15' easy 2 ...

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Genovese Pesto

Genovese Pesto

Ladies and gentlemen let me introduce you Gabriele (yes, like Gabriele Basilico, the photographer): beloved cooking fellow of Luca and mine. If I could bring it to South Africa with me I would do it. In a few weeks we will definitely move to Johannesburg...

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Family lasagna

Family lasagna

My southafrican friend Wikus says that this is the best lasagna ever. You know what? I agree with him! This recipe takes time and patience but it will be worth it! Perfect for a Sunday lunch! Are you ready? Pick up a deep baking tray and let's start! 24...

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Maltagliati with mushrooms and Speck

Maltagliati with mushrooms and Speck

Maltagliati are a tipical egg-pasta from Emilia Romagna but the main ingredient of this recipe is Trentino Alto Adige I.G.P. Speck! It's a flavoured ham, smoked using low-resin wood at a controlled low temperature. Definitely a delicacy! So what are you...

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White flatbread with onions

White flatbread with onions

A tasty  and simple recipe from plain cooking. The perfect appetizer with a glass of wine! 250 g of flour 2 sliced onions 15 g of brewer's yeast half cup of extravirgin olive oil fresh sage water salt 1 sbsp sugar rising: 2h prep: 15' cook: 20' easy 6-8...

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