orecchiette pasta in a creamy zucchini and saffron sauce

I find making fresh pasta an incredibly relaxing activity. I could fashionably say it’s therapeutic but I don’t feel the need to have therapy as often as having pasta. My latest passion in “pasta relaxation” is orecchiette, meaning little ears, a semolina pasta traditionally made in Puglia. It’s the sort of thing that gives a good excuse for gathering friends around a table and while … Continue reading orecchiette pasta in a creamy zucchini and saffron sauce

white lasagna with zucchini

LASAGNA BIANCA ALLE ZUCCHINE. You are looking for a zucchini recipe, are you? Are you getting weekly gifts of zucchini from your gardening friends? What should you do with it? Everybody is looking for a zucchini recipe at this time of the year. Zucchini are exploding right now, growing at light speed, overflowing the market stalls.  I never tire of them though,  crispy and delicate, … Continue reading white lasagna with zucchini

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

zucchini carpaccio: lemon marinated zucchini salad

This is a great summer dish. As it’s now February, I am aware I could be investigated by the food police for preparing it out of season. Despite the risk however, I do make it throughout the year, because it is good, fresh, light and very very easy. Recipe 1 medium zucchini juice of 1/2 lemon 3 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil 3 tablespoon pine … Continue reading zucchini carpaccio: lemon marinated zucchini salad