Chickpeas and crabmeat fritters

I am very lucky, my children love eating beans. But their friends don’t. One day, as I had planned to prepare chickpeas for dinner, and had already boiled the pulses, a last minute playdate happened. I had to cook the chickpeas, otherwise I would have to throw...

Neapolitan Octopus Salad

Neapolitan octopus salad is a delicious and healthy summer dish, loved by every Italian. Octopus is not widely comsumed in North Europe, despite being very cheap (in UK it costs £4 per kilos), and quite healthy: low in calories (only 164 cal for 100 gr of seafood),...

Gnocchi with crab and prawns

Why don’t you try gnocchi with crab and prawns this weekend? It’s a delicious and satisfying lunch and surely it will please everybody, even the fussier child! Gnocchi with crab and prawns is easy and super quick to prepare, and it will delight your...

Neapolitan peppery mussels (‘mpepata ‘e cozze)

Neapolitan peppery mussels, or in neapolitan ‘mpepata ‘e cozze, it’s a quick, easy and delicious dish, traditional of the Campania region, and very popular in Southern Italy. Be careful to thoroughly clean the mussels (click HERE to learn how) or ask...

How to clean mussels

Mussels are popular and delicious shellfish–rich in vitamins, proteins and Omega 3. However, if not properly cleaned, mussels can lead to food poisoning. It’s very easy to clean them, but it’s lenghty: it’s worth noting that it’s better...

Risotto with prawns

Risotto with prawns is my favourite dish: my misfortune was that my father hated it, so to enjoy it I had to sneak to my elderly neighbour, Signora Ioime, who was from Monza and cooked the best risottos and ciambellas. This is her recipe, which she gave to my mother...