Recipes

meat and spinach cannelloni

Warning: mistreated recipe! If you have any intention of using those chewy curly no-boil lasagna,  lumpia/wanton wrappers, manicotti tubes, tortilla, frozen crepes or other horrors please don’t even read this recipe. In fact, you might want to go out for dinner or make mac n’ cheese. Like lasagna, this is a labor-intensive pasta recipe. It’s…… Continue reading meat and spinach cannelloni

Cooking Tips and Ingredients · Recipes · Summer · Vegetables · Video

I’m going eggplant

Eggplant, aubergine, has been around the Mediterranean for more than 500 years. No wonder this luxurious vegetable of Indian origin became a staple of Sicilian cooking. In a land too dry and warm to support large-scale cattle breeding, meat was an expensive rarity. Peasants in Southern Italy lived on a basic diet of olive oil,…… Continue reading I’m going eggplant

All Seasons · Bread, Pizza and Focaccia · Recipes

home-made pizza

HOMEMADE PIZZA. In Italy, the term pizza is generally used to indicate a flat bread which can be stuffed or topped with all sorts of ingredients.  In Central Italy, pizza is also  a panettone-shaped bread traditionally made for Easter.  No news so far, all Mediterranean populations have been eating flat breads for at least 3000…… Continue reading home-made pizza

All Seasons · Recipes · Vegetables

warm bean and tomato salad

Ancient Romans, rich or poor, were quite fond of beans, especially chickpeas and consumed them frequently dressed in olive oil. Rucola – also called rocket or arugula – as become mainstream only since a couple of decades but it has actually been foraged as an edible herb for many centuries. It’s spicy bitterness it’s prefect…… Continue reading warm bean and tomato salad

Dried Pasta · Fresh Pasta · Recipes · Sauces

beef and pork ragu’ sauce

In net contrast to everything stated yesterday about sauce and Italians eating light meals, today we polished up a whole  pan of  glorious cannelloni al ragù. It was not a holiday, but we innkeepers must work throughout most of the occasions when others celebrate holidays. As a consequence we have to choose a grey, cold…… Continue reading beef and pork ragu’ sauce