Brussels sprouts with walnuts and gorgonzola

I had never heard about brussels sprouts until I moved to Parma in my 20’s. A friend’s mum came over to visit, and she had with her this bag full of small green balls. I was intrigued. I took one of those mysterious greens, hoping that it would disclose to...

Bells peppers stuffed with minced meat

Bells peppers stuffed with minced meat – peperoni imbottiti in Italian, are a timeless classic of italian cuisine. My mum used to make them every weekend, especially in summer, where she served them cold with a fresh green salad as a side. We used to eat them...

Pasta with spinach and bacon

Sometimes I really don’t feel like cooking at all. If it were for me, I would be happy with bread and cheese (cannot live without cheese!) and a glass fo wine. Or even a greasy chinese takeaway! However with two small kids, one has to make the effort to cook a...

Cauliflower pancakes

  We call them frittelle or zeppole. And they are the typical street food from Southern Italy. You can find all sorts: with seaweed, pumpkin flowers, whitebait… you name it, we make it! And we love them. Cauliflower pancakes (frittelle di cavolfiore) were...

Maltagliati with chickpeas

      Maltagliati with chickpeas is a very old recipe from the paesant tradition of southern Italy. It’s food for the very poor, however it’s very nutrient, because of its high protein content. In my family maltagliati with chickpeas was a...

Pasta with mushrooms and ham

I remember when my mum prepared pasta with mushrooms and ham: I was the happiest child in the city! However -alas- she didn’t prepare it very often, because my father disliked white sauces. So, it was really a super-special treat. I grew up thinking that pasta...

Broccoli sauted with garlic and chili

Raise the hand who loves broccoli. I don’t see many hands in the air! And why? Broccoli are delicious. Not convinced? Maybe because you have never tried broccoli sauted with garlic and chili. I should really make a video of my 7 year old daughter eating...
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