venerdì 2 novembre 2018

Dahl con polpettine di agnello e cavolo riccio croccante - Dahl with Lamb Boulettes and Crispy Kale

Dahl is one of my favourite dish in the cold season. I prepare it at least once a week, as it is quick, healthy, tasty, comforting  and so versatile that I can always serve it in different variations. Today, I combine my dahl with mini-boulettes of minced lamb and I finish it with crispy kale. Three dishes - dahl, boulettes and crispy kale - in one-course meal to share with family and friends. If you prepare and cook the boulettes and the kale while the dahl is simmering, it will take no longer than half an hour to have your meal ready. It is just a question of organisation. 

domenica 16 settembre 2018

Cosce d'anatra all'arancia - Duck Legs in Orange Sauce

Autumn is in the air, with the first chilly mornings, with the shorter evenings, with the pleasure of staying at home at night. Yesterday, I officially inaugurate the new season by preparing a slow-cooked dish: the duck legs in an orange sauce. On Saturdays I buy my ingredients at the farmers' market, where I find the best duck ever. To get it, I need to be there early, not later than 9 am. Here we are!

I slow cook my duck in the oven for almost 3 hours but I first sauté it in the pan, coated in flour and without any oil in order to remove its grease and get a crispy skin.

lunedì 10 settembre 2018

Zuppa di spinacini selvatici - Wild Spinach soup

The beginning of September is gloriously fruitful in the mountains.  I like picking wild mushrooms and berries,  without forgetting the last wild herbs, which are still good to make delicius dishes. There are still plenty of wild spinach around, so today I prepare a soup  inspired by a local recipe.

martedì 1 maggio 2018

Crocchette di melanzane - Aubergine 'Crocchette'

This is a Sicilian dish I have always loved to make, but I didn't have a precise recipe. Not because my Sicilian friends want to keep their recipes for themselves. They are generous by nature and culture, but they are simply unable to write them down. They cook following their inspiration and feelings. I watched them making their aubergine crocchette, but I needed to measure ingredients and time in order to share the recipe with everybody.

giovedì 8 marzo 2018

Merluzzo croccante al pistacchio - Pistachio-crusted Cod Loin

I like to be inspired by the freshness of the ingredients when I do my shopping. Today the cod was shining and pinkish on the fishmonger display. On my way home, I decide to boost its mild flavour by marinating it with lemon, garlic and paprika and to give it a crunchy finish with a pistachios crust. 

mercoledì 24 gennaio 2018

Frittata al cavolfiore - Cauliflower Frittata

I always explore new vegetarian dish to share with my family and friends. We are not vegetarian, but lately we eat less and less meat, any kind of, as we do not feel like having it. May be because we are getting older and we do not need much meat any longer, or maybe because we are aware of how animals are bred and killed nowadays. Whatever the reason might be, when I do my shopping I always look at the vegetable stalls to be inspired.

sabato 20 gennaio 2018

Vellutata viola - Purple Veloute

January means winter. No colours around, few vegetables at the farmers market, short days.
However, with a bit of creativity, we can make up seasonal recipes able to enlighten our long evenings.
I love all the cabbages, I love their crunchiness and variety of colours, from the cavolo nero to the red cabbage through all shades of greens and white.

Here I combine a red cabbage with potatoes and red onions. I trim, peel and roughly chop my vegetable - no need to be precise as I make a veloute at the end - and I cook it for half an hour.

Seasonal, no waste and a great joy for your eyes. The colour is amazing! No photoshop.

Vellutata Viola - Purple Veloute

half of a medium red cabbage (350 g), trimmed and roughly shredded
2 medium red onions, peeled and quartered
2 small potatoes, peeled and quartered
500 ml vegetable stock
sea salt
black pepper
yogurt (optional)

Serves 4
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes

1. In a pan, place the vegetable and cover with stock.

2. Bring it to the boil and leave to simmer for 30 minutes.

3. Blend it in a blender and season with black pepper and salt, if needed.

1. Serve at once, with a spoon of yogurt, if you wish.