In Italy rice is a serious matter. In the regions between Milan and Venice, was born one of the most classic Italian dishes, the” risotto”. The rice is cooked slowly into vegetable or meat broth, then mixed with butter, cheese and other ingredients, depending on the recipe. Today I recommend you a “risotto”cooked into milk, with Provolone cheese and walnuts. It is one of my favorite rice recipes and perhaps the first risotto that I remember to have eaten! Pay attention about the compactness of the rice when the “risotto” is ready , which must be creamy without being watery.
Sometimes, when only a few ingredients remain into the fridge and there isn’t time to go to the grocery, arise very tasty dishes that win over with their simplicity. This happened in my kitchen, yesterday at lunch; Opening the refrigerator, among the few things left, a beautiful cauliflower catches my attention. How can prepare it? I wondered. After thinking about it a bit ‘ I go for a quick steaming. When the cauliflower was steamed, I let it cool for a few time; Meanwhile I do wonder how accompany him. Into the drawer of the cheeses I see a beautiful slice of feta cheese; Its slightly sour taste fits perfectly with the cauliflower. I reduced the cheese into cubes, stirred it with sprigs of cauliflower seasoning with olive oil, a pinch of salt and a generous sprinkle of black pepper, Et voilà, my cauliflower salad for a tasty and healthy lunch was ready!
The “carbonara” is a very popular recipe in Italy: Spaghetti or rigatoni seasoned with a soft egg cream thickened by the heat of the pasta, and diced fried bacon or guanciale. Yesterday, I “orientalise” the carbonara, preparing a couscous with the same egg cream, flavored with delicious diced zucchini. The result was excellent, here’s the recipe!
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.
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!
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.
Here’s a vegetarian pie which believes itself a lasagna! Lacinato kale leaves with potatoes layers, all garnished with a classic béchamel sauce and grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese. This recipe is not quite dietetic, but its fulfilling taste takes care of all your remorse! If you prefer, you can prepare this pie a day in advance, cooking it in the oven just before serving. Don’t forget to operate the grill after cooking, to get a golden and crispy crust!
Is well known: The kids do not particularly like some types of vegetables. It will be by chance, but the most hated are the healthiest! To encourage them eating these vegetables, the best thing is present the meal in a playful and colorful way. So, if you are looking for a new way to get children to eat vegetables, try on this vegetable cream, full of healthy vitamins!