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.
Between a family gathering and the other, it’s common in this season feel the need to purify our body, so what could be better than a healthy and delicious bowl of vegetable soup !? To satisfy the palate by taking care of your health, I propose this traditional Italian vegetable soup recipe, the Minestrone. This is my Minestrone family recipe.I hope it will warm your hearts and stomachs during the cold winter days as it does in my family!
The cipollini onions braised in red wine is a classic recipe combined with strew, steaks or eggs recipes. I love prepare them for family feasts, everytime the cipollini are a success! To prepare the cipollini onions brased, I suggest to make a wine reduction before starting, the wine sauce will be more tasty and flavourful!
Red wine reduction is a simple basic recipe for many dish: stews, braised vegetables, even ice cream! Here I propose my personal recipe, just a base for your own creations!
Winter is coming? It is time for a tasty rice and beans soup. This classic Italian helps to tolerate next cold days! Follow this recipe step-by-step, and you’ll have a real delight, directly from my family’s cookbook to your table!
Finally is time to prepare the fig jam! This compote is one of my favorites. It’s good simply spread on a bread slice, but it’s even better with tasty and creamy cheeses, like Brie, and Carembert, and Taleggio, and Gorgonzola. Let me give you a little tip: prepare a sandwich with toasted bread, San Daniele prosciutto, aged Gorgonzola and fig jam, you’ll be one step closer to paradise!
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