La stracciatella

  The word “stracciatella” comes from the italian “stracciato” which means torn or ragged, or more food-relatedly, scrambled. It is a type of soup typical of the South and Central Italy, made with broth, eggs and cheese. Advertisements

Greens, fruit, and cheese: the perfect combination

Thanksgiving is approaching quickly. As an Italian I would feel quite uncomfortable to give you the recipe for a traditional turkey, duck, or the various turducken combinations with casseroles that ensure American families a sensational Thanksgiving meal. So I will give my little contribution for tasty and light dishes for the days in between the…

Il polpettone della Domenica

This is my mum’s recipe for “polpettone”, as we call a meat loaf with an oval shape, very popular in the South of Italy. Tasteful and extremely “scenographic” if you add hard boiled eggs in the center, it is perfect for lunch or dinner when you have guests. Also because you can prepare it in…

A last minute dessert

But with some style. Crema pasticcera, is one of the basic ingredients of the Italian pastry and cakes. It is a delicate taste creamy custard perfect for filling layer cakes, or to stuff pastry. And alone can be a successful last minute dessert. In fact, it is made of eggs, milk, sugar and flour… always…

Prune bites

Prunes and prosciutto or bacon is a well known and appreciated combination. In this recipe it is made even more interesting and delicious by the presence of the orange zest and black tea (recipe taken from my precious collection of Sale&Pepe). I served them as an appetizer for the Easter lunch with my husband’s parents…

A good harvest from a small space

What a satisfaction to grow your own vegetables. Not only you are sure of how you grow it, it is also such a zen activity, take care of your space, of the little things that grow. Have the patience to do the right thing in the right moment…  Yes but what if we only have…

Pastiera d’Aprile

The Pastiera Napoletana is the “great lady” of the Italian Easter tradition. Mostly in the South. I know that Easter has passed… but this tart, freshly flavored with citrus, is in perfect harmony with the spirit of this beautiful spring. The preparation is not difficult, but definitely it requires some time and planning. The original recipe,…

I have been a little busy…

…with these two little things. What to say… we so much wanted a cat. Requisites: ONE, very young (8-10 weeks kinda thing), to be adopted. The only requisite we met is the last one.

A work day at home with a quick green break

To make the better use of fresh spinach, it is a good habit to separate the smaller more tender internal leaves to be eaten raw in salads, and cook the external thicker ones. So I did. Rich, healthy, and quick. Enrich your spinach leaves with raisins, walnuts, pine seeds, blue or gorgonzola cheese if you…

A green soup for a grey day

Grey and rainy here in the North Bay, but weather report says long lasting sun in the weekend and the next future. A fresh bunch of spinach and I took my chance for a may be my last hot soup of the season.

Easy and cool with cod and quinoa

It looks nice doesn’t it? (… it was evening, hungry, no time for white balance, the photo is horrible…). But in less than half a hour I put together this seriously nutritious dish in a beautiful presentation. The preparation in few steps: