Pasta, Pizza, Risotto, Vegan/Vegetarian

Pizza Radicchio, Fontina and Walnuts

Nicoletta January 20, 2019

Pizza Radicchio, Fontina and Walnuts, a seasonal alternative to the classic red pizza with tomato sauce, played on the pleasantly bitter tone of the radicchio, the richness of the mozzarella and fontina, and the sweet crunch of the walnuts. A luxurious Pizza Night on a winter day.

Song of the day: The Real Thing – Lisa Stansfield.

Pizza Radicchio Fontina and Walnuts

Before Pizza Night became a weekly “thing” at home in Canada with Loreto, it was a recurrent and welcomed activity with my family in Rome.

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Breakfast and Brunch, Eggs

Omelette Pomme et Fromage (Apple Cheese Omelet)

Loreto January 17, 2019

Omelette Pomme et Fromage (Apple Cheese Omelet) is a luxurious way to start the day. Incredible fluffy creamy eggs meet caramelized apple, melted gooey Italian Asiago cheese combined with just a tease of Gorgonzola, and some chopped green onion for that sweet earthy spice. One word AMAZING!

Song of the day: “Feeling Good” by Micheal Buble’

omelette pomme et fromage

Omelette Pomme et Fromage (Apple Cheese Omelet) is a dish inspired by our travels to Montreal Canada. If a dish was ever to never slip my mind it would be this one. Fell in love with the textures and incredible luxurious flavor of sweet and savory. Apples and melted cheese all held in a moist fluffy egg blanket with some green onion bling, can’t go wrong there!

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Dessert

Classic Apple Strudel with Homemade Strudel Dough

Nicoletta January 14, 2019

Classic Apple Strudel with Homemade Strudel Dough is a recipe I received from la Signora Edda from Friuli Venezia Giulia, in the North of Italy, that I’ve adapted a tiny bit. A homemade strudel dough hosts a delicious and fragrant filling made of apples, sugar, cinnamon, raisins, pine nuts, walnuts, dollops of apricot jam, and breadcrumbs toasted in butter. We served it at room temperature, dusted with icing sugar and with whipped cream on the side. Mouthwatering!

Song of the day: Starlight – Muse.

Classic Apple Strudel with Homemade Strudel Dough

It truly feels like I live two different lives: one in Canada, one in Italy. One freezes the moment I leave, only to be re-started from where I left.

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Meat and Poultry

Chicken Cacciatore (Pollo alla Cacciatora)

Loreto January 10, 2019

Chicken Cacciatore (Pollo alla Cacciatora). This dish screams flavor, tenderness and such beauty in its color. One thing though, get some bread, and like an artist, press it into that sauce on the plate and scoop it up ready for the tasting. Buonissimo!

Song of the day: “Loving You is Easy” by Sarah McLachlan.

Chicken Cacciatore Pollo alla Cacciatora

Chicken Cacciatore (Pollo alla Cacciatora). Great ingredients, a passion for cooking, plenty of fond memories, and a whole lotta love. That is what this dish is all about.

Imagine rich tomato sauce caressed by roasted peppers, capers, and olives all hugging nicely floured and sauteed chicken. A  finale beyond words because the flavor and tenderness of this dish leave you speechless!

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Soups, Stews and Sandwiches, Vegan/Vegetarian

From Rome with Love: Pasta e Ceci

Nicoletta January 7, 2019

From Rome with Love: Pasta e Ceci. It is a classic Roman fare, one that you still see on restaurant menus and family tables. Chickpeas, a soffritto of onion, carrot and celery, plus the intense fragrance of garlic and rosemary are the main ingredients of this delectable dish.

Song of the day: I know I used it already, but the song ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day’ by Morcheeba always gets me going. If you want a real taste of Rome, listen to one of Rome’s iconic singer, Gabriella Ferri, with ‘Chitarra Romana’.

Pasta e Ceci

Patience is not my strongest point. I think I’ve said that somewhere, already. However, some things are worth the wait.

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Fish and Seafood, Gluten-free

Baccalà in umido con Patate (Stewed Salted Cod with Potatoes)

Loreto January 3, 2019

Baccalà in umido con Patate (Stewed Salted Cod with Potatoes). Italian dishes are about tradition, memories and a whole lot of passion.

This dish comes from my childhood and was reunited with it in our beautiful home in Rome. Wonderfully plump, meaty, succulent salted cod meets a rich tomato broth and soft billowy potatoes.

Song of the day: “Can You Feel It” by Micheal Jackson.

Baccalà in umido con Patate (Stewed Salted Cod with Potatoes)

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

Baccalà in umido con Patate (Stewed Salted Cod with Potatoes). Traditionally eaten on Christmas Eve, or New Year’s Eve.

However, it is so loved that you will see it year round on many tables in Italy, especially on Fridays for Fish Friday. Its flavor so distinct, it is hard to believe that a salted piece of fish can turn into something so flaky and mouthwatering good!

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