La bellissima Sicilia

After two weeks in Sicily it’s about time to post something new. We had a wonderful time exploring the island. Sicily has so much to offer. We even passed by the little village Sambuca where Oskar, our 2year old doggie, came from. It was an emotional experience, for Oskar, for us and for the enthusiastic, … More La bellissima Sicilia

Hot and cold

Another delicious recipe for an Ottolenghi summer buffet are the hot roasted tomatoes served on fresh cold Greek yogurt. Spread 500 grams of cherry tomatoes in an oven dish. Mix with 1 teaspoon of cumin seeds, a pinch of candy sugar, 4 sliced garlic cloves, a few stems of fresh thyme, a few stems of … More Hot and cold

Anchovies

Little cans of anchovies in olive oil are real flavor bombs. I often use them as the only protein supplier. Tonight’s dinner is probably, again, another variety on the same base, but we love it. For 2p, clean and chop 1 small romanesco, 1 fennel, 500 grams of potatoes, 4 garlic cloves, 1 fresh onion … More Anchovies

Local shopping

I was used to shop weekly in the big supermarket in Siena and an occasional shopping in the local stores. Since the lock down I feel so lucky with 2 local grocery shops, fish is now frozen instead of fresh and the choice of vegetables and fruit is less abundant but fresh. Rectangular puff pastry … More Local shopping

Tasty spelt

Spelt of farro is very popular in Italy. A lot of my friends here eat it daily instead of pasta ( yes, also Italians reduce their carbs intake). Mix 200 grams of spelt flour with a pinch of salt, 50 grams of cold butter in cubes. Mix and knead. Add 75 ml of cold water … More Tasty spelt

A lot of laundry, a lot of rain and an empty fridge = home sweet home

After 2 days of driving I have no courage anymore to go out for shopping for our dinner. A pasta with a lot of sweet onions, garlic, chickpeas is not such a bad combination. First we feed our dog Pillo and our cat Roquefort who protected our house for the last 10 days. Our lovely … More A lot of laundry, a lot of rain and an empty fridge = home sweet home