Pappa al Pomodoro! This recipe is one of the most traditional Tuscan soup. Prepare this dish is very easy, but it needs prime quality ingredients. Tomatoes sauce and bread quality must cook along with best extra virgin olive oil, sweet basil leaves, and Tuscan bread creates a delicious cream soup very healthy and digestible and tasty, perfect for kids!
Italian peperonata recipe is very popular and prepared with some little differences in almost all the Italian regions. Bell peppers are slowly pan fried along with onion and diced tomatoes. Peperonata is delicious served over toasted bread slices ore aside grilled meats. It’s flavor recalls me the Italian summer, where it is usual prepare this tasty dish in advance and bring it at grill parties in the countryside!
This asparagus dip is very simple, incredible fast to make and soo good! I love combine the intense taste of asparagus with the sourly flavor of Dijon mustard. Served with chips or nachos this dip is great for a party, but it’s perfect also aside grilled meats!
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!”
Roasted potatoes with butter and herbs is an easy and tasty side. Its pair perfectly with seared tuna or salmon, meats or eggs. The secret to obtain perfect roasted potatoes is poach them into boiling water a couple of mins before baking to eliminate the starch on the surface of the potatoes. The result will be a crispy crust!
This coconut cream soup is the result of my passion for Southeast Asia and Roman cuisine! I love so much coconut soups, they recall me my travel in Thailand, tables placed on the water edge, exotic flavor and spices… This recipe combine the delicate flavor of Romanesco broccoli, a must of the Roman tradition, with the sweet of coconut milk and the sour of the tofu marinated into the soy sauce. Usually, I serve this coconut cream soup as appetizer either to start Italian or Asian meals, a perfect connection between two great culinary traditions.
Artichokes salad is one of my favorite quick and healthy recipes. I love artichokes, both raw and cooked! Sweet garlic is the secret ingredient of this easy recipe. I suggest don’t use normal garlic, because its flavor is too strong and it will kill the delicate taste of this recipe.
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.
Sauteed dandelion greens is a very important ingredient of Roman cuisine. For centuries the most poor Roman familys, use to harvest wild dandelion greens aside the suburbs streets of the Italian capital, and cook them with simple ingredients. The farmers use to bring sauteed dandelion greens with them eating this vegetables as lunch along with simple homemade bread. This vegetable is both tasty and healthy! I love cook dandelion greens in many ways, but today I propose the most traditional way to cook the dandelion. The chili pepper pairs perfectly with the amazing bitter taste of these greens! Serve the dandelion as a tasty salad, or aside cheeses, eggs or roasted meats.