Vegetables filled with vegetables and awesome Italian ingredients

Two beautiful tomatoes, one round eggplant and two rounds courgettes can be combined in a lot of great dishes. In this recipe they are great eye catchers as well. Halve the eggplant and the courgettes. Oil the eggplant and put in the oven at 200° for 30 mins. Remove the upper part of the tomatoes. … More Vegetables filled with vegetables and awesome Italian ingredients

Viva l’Italia

He can do it, the one and only Jamie Oliver! His last cookbook, a tribute to his masters Contaldo and Carluccio (who was also one of my ‘teachers’ on television, ages ago 😉, is full of fantastic recipes ins pired by the nonna of different areas in Italy. Today is Friday and thus a perfect … More Viva l’Italia

It’s time to restore the cavolo nero back to it’s worthy position

Our first winter here I discovered ‘cavolo nero’ and created some dish with an incredible amount for 2p. Above all it was not cooked enough so the taste of metal was really strong. Since then Iris refuses to reconsider this ingredient, but after 2 years, it’s about time to try it again. For 2p, chop … More It’s time to restore the cavolo nero back to it’s worthy position

Fish on the menu

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

A vegetarian salad

  The delcious of June is awesome. Sorry, cookbooks, you will have to wait a bit, I can’t stop being inspired. Eggplant salad with chickpeas, baby spinach and a dressing based on feta, Greek yoghurt, yummie. Of course, I will do it my way, and thus, I use the oven instead of a direct fire. … More A vegetarian salad

Tarocco is the most popular table orange in Italy and is a ‘half- blood’ orange

Wikipedia explains us everything about blood oranges;-). ‘The ‘Tarocco’ is one of the world’s most popular oranges because of its sweetness and juiciness. It has the highest vitamin C content of any orange variety grown in the world, mainly on account of the fertile soil surrounding Mount Etna, and it is easy to peel. The ‘Tarocco’ orange is … More Tarocco is the most popular table orange in Italy and is a ‘half- blood’ orange