Eggplant – Seasonal Food in Rome

eggplantEggplants are in season from July to September, and I love to serve these to my guests as it is a popular dish for the locals in Rome. Like many with many of the dishes I prepare, it is important that the eggplants are fresh, so I ensure the ones I pick are the skins are bright and vivid, with no creases or wrinkles, and that the stalk is green.

To prepare the eggplant, I slice and grill them in a small tray. After doing that I seasoned them with sea salt and olive oil. Then I marinate each slice with a fresh mixture made of parsley, mint, garlic and olive oil.. let stand for a little while, and they are ready! Read More …

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Fresh Pressed Olive Oil

 

Olive treeWhenever I meet travellers from other countries or more specifically, other continents, I am often asked about olive
oil. So here I am trying to put my knowledge about it and some information together for a common use. My experience goes back to when I was a kid and at my grandparents’ house, we used to gather as a whole family for this yearly happening, to collect these precious seeds from the trees. Here is a little guide about this tree:

Olives are very common in the Mediterranean, and have become very popular nearly everywhere in the world.
You may find them in any supermarket nowadays. But why has this growth in popularity reached almost every corner of the world? Read More …

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Bruschetta home made

BruschettaI am a food lover, I really can’t help it much. So depending on the season, I prepare and cook different dishes to please my appetite.
Are you the same too? In summer, as soon as the heat starts to hit this city, tomatoes are ripe and ready to be picked. Delicious when eaten as they are, but even better seasoned – I make my own bruschetta. It is indeed a simple dish to prepare. But first of all, how is it pronounced? Brus-ketta or Brushetta? Do we need garlic or onion? Basil or parsley?Toasted or fresh bread?

The ingredients I use are the best you can get.

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The world at my table – Colourful people

I would like to thank the guests who have taken the time to come to my place, for a typical Read More …

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Pesto home made

PestoI am sure many of you, pushed by curiosity, have tried pesto sauce at least one. Maybe ordered in an Italian restaurant with 

whatsoever kind of pasta, or bought it in your favourite supermarket in your home country. Did it taste good? Was its flavour strong, its aroma genuine and fresh and at the same time light and rich? Do you really like to know how does taste the real one, freshly made with olive oil directly from the mill, basil straight from my home grown plants? I guess the only way to find out is to come to my place then!  Read More …

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Lasagna home made

Home cooking

When it comes to eating Italian food what is the most mouthwatering dish you can think of? Lasagna is definitely one of them!

I am sure when you go out to Italian restaurants you may find this typical dish almost everywhere. But after you try the home made one you will certainly understand the difference from a touristic, industrial food to the authentic one, tasty one.

In fact Lasagna is a dish with a long cooking procedure. It has many varieties all over the country. Read More …

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