Lazy Basil Eggplant Sformato

I remember being on a plane a long time ago, probably on my way to a conference or other project abroad. The gentlemen on my left side was flying somewhere to embark on a trip on the Trans-Siberian Railway, the legendary train line which is connecting Moscow with Vladivostok since 1916. He was alone, a middle-aged man. I hardly remember his face, but what he … Continue reading Lazy Basil Eggplant Sformato

grilled lemon-and-garlic marinated eggplants

I think nobody who doesn’t know me already is ever going to find this recipe. There’s 1 million and 970 thousand hits for “grilled eggplants” on Google. With more than 2 million people out there who can grill eggplants this is probably going to be slightly redundant. The thing is, I did not grow up with grilled eggplants. I have only learned how to make … Continue reading grilled lemon-and-garlic marinated eggplants

peperonata canazzo bandiera ratatouille

bandiera, an Italian vegetable stir fry

This is my mum’s version of the Provençal ratatouille. A dish like this one – basically a stew of summer vegetables – must exist all around the Mediterranean.  Because of its vibrant colors, in Umbria it’s called “bandiera” meaning “flag” . In Basilicata it’s known as ciambotta or cianfotta. It’s a close relative of the Sicilian caponata, another miracle of Southern country cooking. I have … Continue reading bandiera, an Italian vegetable stir fry

Eggplant Parmigiana

  I’m biting my nails here because I have so many things to tell you and if I don’t make a selection,  I’ll probably never get to the recipe. First of all the name. Parmigiana literally means “from Parma”. However, this  recipe has been known as a tradition in Naples and Sicily since the early XIX century. Food historians have not come up with a … Continue reading Eggplant Parmigiana