I really like hummus: it’s easy, it’s tasty, and it’s perfect to be shared with friends as an appetizer or a chips dip at a party!. Here my version of the traditional hummus with tahini and sumac, ingredients that can be found in ethnic food shops. This recipe is very fast if an exception is made for cooking chickpeas: alternatively use those pre-cooked, even if the flavor will be less intense.
Tired of the winter? In this case, it’s time for a dinner that will warm your soul and your palate! The lentil and green pea soup is a classic of the peasant cuisine. I really like to prepare it during the last days of winter: its warmth comforts me and green peas remind me that the spring is coming! In this case, I served the soup with crispy croutons, but if you prefer add rice, pearl barley, or spelt, cooked in the vegetable broth along with the vegetables.
Homemade preserved vegetables in oil remind me some moments from my childhood: a kitchen tables full of vegetables, aunts, grandmothers, cousins, and brothers intent to peel and cut, acrid smells in the air and the atmosphere of a peasant festival. A lot of work and waiting weeks before sampling the product of our toil, but it is so good, really better than the preserved sold at the store! Today I prepare artichokes in one of the many classic Italian versions (because basically every Italian family has its own recipe “classic”!). To savor this delicacy is indispensable to perform certain steps strictly in order to avoid dangerous contamination.
Spatzle are a particular kind of fresh pasta typical in Northern Italy, Switzerland, Austria and Bavaria. Spatzle dough is prepared with egg, flour and water or milk. Depending the quantity of liquid in to the dought the Spatzle shape is long like big noodles or short like little gnocchi. With the help of the special tool (the Spätzelhober) making Spatzle is very easy! I love make them for special dinner. If you prefer (I prefer!) it is possible cook the Spatzle a few time before serving, seasoning with the sauce. In this case is best pre-seasoning with a little bit of melted butter or olive oil to prevent sticking. Often Spatzle are presented as a side dish or seasoned as a pasta Today I propose them with a sauteed fillet of char, topped with mushrooms and asparagus.
Pulled Pork is one of my favorite American recipes! The meat cooked for hours at low temperature is tender and creamy, its flavor is intense and fragrant and it is really easy to do: it is a perfect dish for a party with friends in the winter nights! Today, I propose an Italian way to prepare the Pulled Pork: braised in red wine with juniper berries, mixed peppercorns and fresh rosemary. To recall even more Italian descent, I suggest to replace the classic bun with a creamy Polenta flavored with Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and white pepper: it’s so tasty!
Winter rhymes with slow cooked and braised meats (do you feel the rhyme?!?). Here I suggest you a fragrant butternut squash compote: it is excellent as an accompaniment for slow cooked meats, like a pot roast or pulled pork. The secret to make a yummy compote is to measure out the balance between sweet and spicy. Usually I prepare the butternut squash compote portions in advance: in this way it will be ready in a few minutes during all the cold season!
Casseroles are a perfect dish against cold winter days! Today we will prepare a casserole with Brussels sprouts, potatoes and bacon. To get a thick but creamy consistency, add an egg-bechamél sauce flavored with mustard seeds powder and lots of grated scamorza (or mozzarella) cheese.
Tired of winter? Here’s a hot and colorful cream soup to brighten up your dinner! The butternut squash cream soup is a dish that I like to prepare in many versions: Today I propose you a spicy and flavorful version with turmeric powder, dill and goat cheese. You can serve the butternut squash cream soup with wild rice or, alternatively, brown rice.
Chocolate salami is the traditional Italian dessert most loved by children. Just saying the name brings me back to childhood: it was my favorite snack! Preparing the chocolate salami is very simple, the ingredients are few, easy to find, and does not require cooking. To increase the realism, sprinkle the chocolate salami with powdered sugar. It will resemble classic Italian salami and it will be difficult to distinguish from a real one!
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Feel like cooking an unforgettable fish fillet in a little time? Here is a simple mackerel fillet with a sesame crust, paired with a salad of steamed endive. To finish the dish with a unique touch, we’ll season it with an tasty dressing of dill chlorophyll — read on to find out how!