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Gnocchi di patate

I did it! Finally I managed to prepare edible, light, (although I am sure they could be lighter) potato gnocchi. The various times I attempted to prepare potato gnocchi I always ended up throwing away the whole lot. They came either too gummy or too heavy and so I chose to eat them only in […]

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In my younger days I recall eating what in Maltese we call ‘froga tat-tarja’ which translates itself into a pasta omelette. I remember spreading the ‘froga tat-tarja’ with ketchup on top. Well, I don’t do this anymore, instead I prepare the pasta with some tomato sauce, fry the omelette and then top it with fresh […]

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Green legumes

Broad beans are healthy, low in calories, and in abundance at the moment. At our home, we invest in seasonal ingredients. Therefore, at this time of year, we usually end up with a broad bean overdose – an overdose of protein and carbohydrates, vitamins A, B1 and B2. Broad beans can be cooked in a […]

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We discovered and familiarized ourselves with typical Campania products after managing for 1 1/2 years  Bocconci – an Italian franchise restaurant. Our menu consisted of a wide range and use of typical products from the Southern Italian region – the Campania. These included Mozzarella di Bufala DOP, salumi & bresaola di bufala, cheeses like ricotta di bufala, […]

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Experiment: Chocolate pasta

This weekend our experiments in the kitchen were a little bit more daring than usual. On our recent visit to Italy we bought a piece of this particular cheese from Piedmont, known as Castelmagno. Normally made from cow’s milk, this semi-hard cheese is usually tinged with blue mould. It has a crumbly texture and a […]

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I feel an adrenalin rush as soon as I manage to get hold of some high quality, original type of pasta. When I got acquainted with the Paccheri type in one Neapolitan restaurant I realised that this pasta could be an inspiration for culinary creativity. This short, tube-like pasta has two versions: lisce (smooth) or rigate (ridged) – […]

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Artichoke pasta

Ingredients for 4 persons: 400g short pasta (fusilli lunghi) 4 fresh artichokes 1 small onion 1 fresh garlic bulb 100g pancetta 1/2 glass white wine 1 tin tomato pulp fresh basil salt & pepper extra virgin olive oil Clean the artichokes with the usual process until you obtain the tender hearts. Leave them in cold water […]

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Pasta sausage & broccoli

Prepared in a couple of minutes yet it’s so particularly tasty! Ingredients for 4 persons: 400g pasta 1 garlic clove 200g sausage meat, crumbled 1 broccoli, cut into small florets 1 tsp fennel seeds, lightly crushed chili pepper extra virgin olive oil Bring the salted water to a rolling boil and add the broccoli florets. Cook […]

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Speciality for Valentine’s Day!

It’s been a long time since I wanted to try out the home made rabbit ravioli and I took the opportunity to prepare them for the lavish meal prepared on the eve of St. Valentine’s… no no no it was not a candlelit, romantic evening with my loved one… it was a dinner organized for […]

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A warm hearty dish

If anyone of you have 2 hours to spare you cannot miss doing these fresh home made tortellini… then just serve them in broth and rest assured that this dish will warm your heart in cold days like today! Home-made tortellini in broth Tortellini So what you need for around 100 tortellini is: 400gr flour […]

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