Fish and Seafood

Beer Batter Fish and Chips and Homemade Tartar Sauce

Loreto September 29, 2016

Beer Batter Fish and Chips and Homemade Tartar Sauce: succulent moist Haddock battered in a mixture of spices, flour, and beer, making it oh so crispy and flavorful, sealing all those wonderful ocean juices in. The condiment, a homemade tartar sauce, rich creamy acidic taste, just enough to kick this dish up a few notches, and not take the star of the show off the stage. The side, beautiful hand cut fries, first baked then fried, giving us that crunchy outside skin with a soft billowy interior, a perfect match for such a lovely prepared fish.

Beer batter Fish and chips

Beer Batter  Fish and Chips with Homemade Tartar Sauce. A great dish for a family meal that I believe will be a hit. From the crispy coating of the amazing haddock, with spoonfuls of tartar sauce to entice the flavors, and who doesn’t love fries, especially hand cut then baked and finally  fried. Bite after bite, crunch after crunch, delightfully delicious!

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Breakfast and Brunch, Gluten-free, Muffins

Giada’s Carrot Zucchini Mini Muffins [G.F.]

Nicoletta September 26, 2016

Carrot Zucchini Mini Muffins: gluten free, sugar free, veggie loaded muffins. Deliciously moist two bite muffins with juicy golden raisins, maple syrup and cinnamon to add their flavor.

Giada's Carrot zucchini mini muffins

I am just the happiest girl when I see a recipe for sweet treats made with ingredients that are good and good for you. I jump on the train and ride it all the way to destination. This was the case with these sugar free, gluten free, veggie loaded muffins, found on a cookbook I rented from the Edmonton Public Library some time ago. The cookbook is from Giada De Laurentiis “Giada’s Feel Good Food”.

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Gluten-free, Side Dishes, Vegan

Chicory, Sautéed Roman Style (Cicoria ripassata alla Romana)

Nicoletta September 24, 2016

Chicory: peppery, wild, grassy and beautifully bitter greens. Sauteed Roman style with garlic and chili pepper it is a tasty side dish for fish and meat. But you can use it also on a pizza or crostini,  in a frittata with other vegetables, stuffed in a panino, or wrapped in a pita sandwich.

Chicory, Sautéed Roman Style (Cicoria ripassata alla romana)

From the picture it might look to you as a simple sauteed vegetable, and one you’re not even that familiar with. The name, too, might sound far and away, chicory, is it another name for dandelion greens? Yes, I guess it is, in Italian it is known as cicoria, and in Rome it is a staple. This dish is probably more famous than the most famous pastas, Carbonara (that will soon be on the blog), Amatriciana, and Cacio e Pepe. To me, it holds a special place. Cicoria ripassata alla Romana (Chicory Sautéed Roman Style), is my favorite side dish, and I don’t even consider it just a side dish. With some bread on the side it is my go to food quite often. If you give me a plate of pasta and some cicoria, I am set. My meal is done, well, maybe not so done as I need that little hit of sweetness at the end of my meals 🙂 .

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Appetizers and Snacks, Vegetarian

Baked Camembert with Figs, Pistachios and Chamomile Blossom Maple Syrup

Loreto September 22, 2016

Camembert baked with Figs, Pistachios and Chamomile Blossom maple syrup, a great appetizer for those nights of entertaining, or even a nice quiet romantic dinner for two.

Baked Camembert with Figs and Pistachios

Camembert baked with Figs and Chamomile blossom maple syrup, is a beautiful dish that is visually stunning, and stupendously delicious! I think this one would be a winner at any party you have planned, with its velvety, plump, and crunchy textures, along with those vibrant flavors. An appetizer that will have you going for seconds.

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Breakfast and Brunch, Cookies, Dessert

Intrecci Vaniglia e Cacao

Nicoletta September 20, 2016

Intrecci Vaniglia e Cacao: classic Italian cookies, replica of a popular famous brand. Light and crumbly “braids”, with a delightful flavor of vanilla and cocoa melting and blending in your mouth at every bite!


Intrecci Vaniglia e Cacao are among the most popular and loved Italian cookies. Actualy, we call them biscotti, because in Italian this term means every generic cookie. They are the homemade version of a store bought famous brand cookie, mostly enjoyed at breakfast. In almost all Italian families, and in my Italian family in particular, biscotti da colazione (breakfast cookies) are very much a part of a regular routine. We dip them in cappuccino, tea, or milk, one after the other, with a delight that we try to savour even in the morning rush.

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Appetizers and Snacks

Pizza Bianca with Figs and Prosciutto

Loreto September 18, 2016

Pizza Bianca with Figs and Prosciutto, a fresh diverse combination taking you out of the pizza comfort zone. The duality of sweet and savory, balances beautifully with the crispiness of the thin crust. Nice hits of arugula reminding us that summer is still alive.

[This post is sponsored by the Italian Centre Shop. We’ve been compensated but all opinions are our own.]

Pizza bianca with Figs and Prosciutto

Pizza Bianca with Figs and Prosciutto is a delicious way to capture the summer seasonal figs in all their richness and sweetness. Add in the prosciutto with its salty dry cured buttery texture and you have a match made in heaven.

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