Swiss chard is a very common vegetable in Italy. The white part of the nerves is rather hard, so I removed it. Put the Swiss chard in salted water for approx 15 mins. Rinse, drain and chop. Put 250 grams of halved cherry tomatoes and 500 grams of asparagus on baking paper. Spread some olive … More Swiss chard, bietole in Italian
Living in Castelnuovo Berardenga now where there are two little supermarkets, fresh fish will be a good reason to go to Siena. Ottolenghi’s last book, Simple, is amazing. The ovenbaked rice with caramalized tomatoes and mackerel filet with pistachio and cardamom seem a wonderful combination. Put 500 grams of cherry tomatoes, 6 chopped garlic cloves, … More Fish on the menu
Mackerel delivers a lot of omega 3 which is important for our heart, and also Calcium, vit B12, A, D and K. To prepare mackerel without the long lasting smell in the house, bake them outside, or in the oven. In combination with the local wild fennel which you find in the field, along the … More Mackerel, cheap, delicious and healthy
We need fat in our daily menu, and mainly good fat, fat to protect us against cardiovascular events. Fat fish, prepared in an healthy way, is a perfect deliverer of this good fat. Above all, is it so cheap. The mackerel family is not so very attractive to grill or bake in the house because … More Mackerel, so cheap and so much of ‘good fat’
Polpette di sarde is a traditional dish in Sicily. I’m sure the Sicilians will not disapprove the variant based on mackerel. For 3p mix 600 grams of mackerel filets(with skin), 1 onion, 4 garlic cloves, 50 grams of bread crumb, salt, pepper, a handful fresh parsley and some mint leaves in a blender (roughly). Add … More Mackerel balls joined by a little salad
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.