Italy has a great variety of citrus fruit. I love the Sicilian tarocco orange for its color and its flavor. Tonight we have a fresh whole fish, hasselback potatoes and a chicory salad (mixed chicory and radicchio) with an awesome dressing. For 2p, put the juice of 2 tarocco oranges in a small pan. Allow … More Citrus fruit festival
People are looking forward to the summer season, but once it’s there, they realise how hot it can be. I must admit that it doesn’t really bother me. Everything is going a bit slower, but that’s it. Of course, that’s not true for everyone. I have a lot of respect for people doing hard work … More Sizzling summer days
We start with a breakfast outside looking at Siena, could be worse ;-). After a lazy morning in the garden and stormy weather we decide to take the car to take a look at our future home, in Castelnuovo Berardenga and to come back by the Crete Senese. For our evening meal for 3p, I … More Soft Indian cooking
Daily cooking for guests cannot be a daily party, especially when there is someone leading a normal working life, and especially if you would like to keep it all healthy. Salmon is a perfect fish to store in the freezer and to prepare in the oven. Fennel saffron salad and hasselback potatoes are perfect side … More Yes, sometimes I prepare certain dishes more than once 😉
Put 100 grams of halved cherry tomatoes on baking paper with a drizzle of olive oil and some dried oregano. Cut a good quality chicken in parts. Keep the breast (with skin) and store the other parts in the freezer. Cut 4 smaller potatoes in Hasselback-style. Put on baking paper. Add some sea salt and … More Surf and turf
How would I survive without oven ;-)? For 4p, season 1 large or 2 small chicken with chicken herbs. The butterfly shape looks great and reduces oven time. Put the chicken in a large oven dish. Add a drizzle of olive oil and bake at 180-200° for approx 1h (depends on size of the chicken … More Ovenbaked radicchio, grilled chicken and creamy anchovies sauce
Calamari, breadcrumb, garlic, lemon, tomato…the smell of summer! For 2 p clean 500 grams of fresh squid. Fry 1 chopped spicy pepper, 6 chopped garlic cloves and 2 handful of old breadcrumb in a good drizzle of olive oil. Add pepper and salt. Bake until crispy and golden brown. Put the mixture on kitchen paper … More The hottest day in Italy since the start of the measurments.
Start with the potatoes. Make the incisions (hasselback technique). Put the potatoes in a oven dish. Add some salt and oil. Bake in the oven at 180° for approx 45-60 mins (depends on the size of the potatoes). Clean the fish and fill with some onion, fresh basil and lemon. Add pepper and salt. Half … More Mackerel, hasselback potatoes and oven baked tomatoes, pure and simple.
The first time we ate those partially sliced potatoes was after reading a recipe in one of Nigella Lawson cookbooks, since then they are called Nigellas or (since we know she didn’t invent the technique;-)) Hasselback potatoes. Take small or medium sized potatoes, wash them and make multiple incisisions close to each other but!!!! don’t … More Squid, fennel, tomatoes and Hasselback potatoes