Italian whole-grain salad

Dear Tomato I want to thank you for existing. For being a fresh, juicy, sweet, fleshy fruit. Ask any Italian “what do you eat during this exhaustingly hot summer”? Tomatoes – they will say – it’s a national obsession. This salad is a way to make a wholesome meal or substantial side dish out of a classic tomato salad. Healthy food does taste good if … Continue reading Italian whole-grain salad

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

no-cook pasta sauce with tuna and cherry tomatoes

This pasta is good for: when there is no time to make dinner but you still want real food the pantry is empty (or almost) it’s Monday before leaving for holidays returning from holidays unexpected informal dinner guests This pasta has a sad version and a happy version. To make the happy version you must: always have some bronze-drawn durum wheat pasta or fresh pasta and … Continue reading no-cook pasta sauce with tuna and cherry tomatoes

pasta alla puttanesca

PUTTANESCA aka THE WHORE’S SAUCE. With a name like this you can only expect something spectacular. There are several metropolitan legends that try to explain the peculiar name. The one that makes more sense to me refers to prostitutes not having time or opportunity to shop and therefore making a quick sauce with ingredients available in the larder. And ingredients are the key to the … Continue reading pasta alla puttanesca

spaghetti con asparagi

SPAGHETTI WITH (WILD) ASPARAGUS Foraging is all the rage nowadays, but Italians have never stopped these sort of primitive habits. My father has never made a walk for the sake of it in his entire life. He actually drives to my aunt’s house  300 mt away.  For a bunch of wild asparagus however, at 77 he still challenges the Umbrian slopes and the occasional viper. … Continue reading spaghetti con asparagi