Kung Pao Chicken: one of the most popular and distorted Chinese recipes! This dish, available in the Chinese restaurant and chains from over the world, is frequently served into several variations, because of the difficult to find the traditional ingredients. But, since currently is ever easier to find traditional Chinese goods, now is the right time to try the original Kung Pao chicken! Here the history of this tasty dish, and the recipe of Sichuan and Western versions: the choice is yours!
The Skordalia recipe made with mashed potatoes is one of my preferred Greek side dishes; it’s so simple to make and flavorful! Traditionally, Skordalia is served along with fried salt cod, but it is delicious also with grilled lamb, fried zucchini and eggplants, or beet salad!
The clarified butter recipe is easier than you think and will change your way of cooking! People prefer mostly to fry with oil or common butter, but clarified butter permits to reach high temperatures, maintaining the flavor of the sweet cream butter. Don’t you believe me? Try it on! You need just a single ingredient, a good pot, a thermometer and a sieve 🙂
This Italian frittata is easy and tasty, and not requires flipping it! Spinach and onions combine perfectly with goat cheese. By finishing into the oven you create a yummy pecorino crust. This recipe is great as appetizer or picnic lunch. Serve frittata warm or at room temperature, paired with toasted bread slices, green salad and/or cured meats.
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Chicken salad as a great dish prefect for incoming summer. But, maintain the meat moist and tender is not easy. For this reason, often is easier opt for different parts of the chicken but the breast, or shred the meat to make it more flavorful. Today I decided to reveal my secret to obtain the most tender chicken salad with breast you ever ate! Cooked in this way, the meat texture is optimal to be reduced into slices. I love pairing this dish with a savory sun-dried and mint pesto to give a fresh summery taste!
This artichokes dip is a very versatile sauce, full of taste and healthy! Artichokes and mint is a traditional Italian pairing. Pecorino Romano is the perfect cheese for this recipe. Season pasta, enrich your meats or simply spread the artichokes dip over toasted bread slices!
Fried artichokes is a classic recipe in Rome. This is one of the most popular Roman dish, prepared since XVI Century in the restaurants located inside the Italian capital historic center. Originally, the fried artichokes (named “carciofi alla Giudia” in Italian) were prepared for Easter gatherings, but currently they are served daily from November to April. The artichokes are fried in two times with different temperatures. Thanks to this method, the artichokes will be well cooked and crispy! Traditionally, the artichokes used for this recipes are called “mamma romana”: a local artichoke famous to be very tender and without hairy heart. To make this dish, today I choose the baby artichokes: thanks to its tenderness, it is perfect for this recipe! Serve the fried artichokes as appetizer or aside meats, eggs or fried seafood. A suggestion: prepare more fried artichokes you think are enough, because they will finish as fast as your guests can say “one more, please!”
Stir fried dandelions and potatoes is a quick and tasty Italian classic. Commonly, it is served as a hot salad for appetizer, or aside meats, eggs, or salty fish, like anchovies or sardines. I really love stir fried dandelions, they are very healthy greens! Their bitter taste pairs perfectly with the sweet of golden potatoes and the salty flavor of Pecorino Romano cheese. When the weather permits to grill outside my house, the stir fried dandelions are a must-to-eat aside steaks and sausages!
Sauteed chayote squash is a recent acquisition in my cookbook. I must admit it: I didn’t cook this vegetable until last Christmas. I have to say thanks to my mother in law Patrizia for buying a few chayote to cook together with the family! Chayote is a very versatile ingredient: it’s delicious both raw into salads or tartare, and cooked fast and crispy. Today I propose a tasty side, perfect together with fish or meats, but savory to eat as appetizer too!
Red lentils dal recalls me my first trip in Asia. It was July 1999, and in that time I used to live for travelling. The fist region I visited was North India. I was vegetarian, and on shoestring, so between me and any kind of dal was love at first sight! Preparing red lentils dal is very simple, but is mandatory pay very attention to the spices, they must be of first quality. Cooking with vegetable oil instead ghee, makes this recipe a good source of protein for vegan diet.