Castagnaccio is a super famous Italian chestnuts flour cake, traditional in several regions with some variations. Thanks to its ingredients, easy to find in the Italian woods, in the past, this recipe was particularly popular among the poor people. Today, I made the Tuscan variation of Castagnaccio with walnuts, pine nuts, and raisin. This cake is very easy to prepare: just 10 minutes for the batter and 40 minutes in the oven. A classic winter recipe from Italy ready for you: vegan, healthy, and tasty!
Melitzanosalata is a tasty Greek appetizer traditionally served aside meats, pita bread, and other sauces. This eggplant salad is a delicious and healthy starter, but it also a perfect ingredient for a sandwich or a Pita Gyro. I love preparing this vegan small plate along with Tzatziki sauce, Souvlaki, and Greek salad. This kind of meal remembers me my days in Greece: closing my eyes, and breathing deeply, I can still feel the flavors of the olive groves and Mediterranean sea!
Sardines pasta is a traditional Sicilian delicacy, and, as usual for many Italian recipes, is the protagonist of a legend and a historical fact. The ingredients of this dish are typical of Sicily but also inspired by the foreign occupations of the island into the centuries. Here the history and the recipe of this legendary dish!
This Salmoriglio tuna steak recipe hides the story of a fantastic day on the Island of Favignana, in Sicily. Last June my wife Caterina and I spent a few days on the Aegadian Islands. One day we have been so lucky to have a day on the boat of the famous Italian fisherman Gioacchino Cataldo. Gioacchino has been a pleasant guide bringing us to explore the Island and cooking for us this delicious tuna steak recipe. On the contrary of the classic Salmoriglio marinate, the seasoning is made directly in the pan. The tuna is quickly seared on both sides, then seasoned with lemon juice and oregano: a simple, quick, and tasty recipe!
French Steak Tartare is a classic recipe which enhances the pure flavor of the meat, assuming you have a cannibal instinct! In France, the Tartare is an institution since the second part of the XIX Century. This recipe requires prime quality meat and various ingredients depending on the several variations. Here the history and the recipe this delicious dish!
Mussels in white wine sauce are one of the most popular Italian recipes. The preparation is very easy and requires just a few ingredients. The quality of the mussels is critical, and they have to be preferably living. This dish is originally from Naples, and it was the preferred recipe of King Ferdinand of the Two Sicilies. The mussels are cooked along with olive oil, garlic, parsley, and black pepper, then basted with white wine, and finally served on toasted bread slices: delicious!
The Italian Giardiniera is an ancient recipe for pickled vegetables. It is also called Giardiniera Campagnola (Rural Giardiniera), because it was one of the most traditional ways to save the overabundance of the production by the farmers, and store a spare of fresh vegetables before the winter. Giardiniera recipe is a “must-to-try” of the classic Italian “aperitivo” (aperitif), and delicious paired with meats and cheeses for a fantastic Italian BBQ. The vegetables may vary depending on the availability of the garden, but commonly the ingredients I choose, compose the classic Giardiniera mix!
This yellow lentils rice bowl is a healthy alternative for lunch at home or work! Lentils are rich in fiber, and minerals, and vitamins. Today, I paired the lentils with the fresh taste of grilled zucchini seasoned with olive oil and mint. A couple of tablespoons of Basmati rice cooked with Pilaf method finish the yellow lentils rice bowl: a vegan boost of energy for your body!
Charred okra and tomatoes stew is a recipe perfect to serve at a BBQ party! This delish is great also prepared in your kitchen with the help of a cast iron pan: just remember to clean and season the pan after the use. The okra is cut into halves and stir-fried until charred, then seasoned with a delicious cherry tomatoes sauce. Finally, the okra is slow-cooked depending on the grade of cooking you prefer: simple, healthy and tasty!
Basil pesto is a must of Genovese cuisine (click here to read the recipe and history). People from Genoa are very proud of this tasty recipe and admit just a few variation. The most famous recipe with basil pesto is “Pesto Avvantaggiato” also called simply “Pesto Alla Genovese”. The pasta, commonly Linguine or Trofie, is cooked along with green beans and diced potatoes, then tossed with basil pesto. It’s critical do not re-heat basil pesto and add a few tbsp of water to obtain a creamy sauce. Easy and tasty!