We had a long and luxurious summer this year in Italy that lasted well until the beginning of October. It seemed like summer would never end…. But it is official now, the coats and scarves have come out and it is Autumn with a capital A. That’s ok though because it also means it is officially soup season. Read more
Posts tagged ‘Mediterranean Mondays’
We use them when we have to. When there is nothing else to eat. Tasting them and really enjoying them rarely enter the picture. And when paired with extra virgin olive oil, they transform into something that is pure Italian - yes, ladies and gentleman, may I introduce you to the tomato. Read more
Everyone I know in Canada that has a vegetable garden, grows Zucchini. And every year, each and every one of them will ask me: do you want some? I have soooo much!
Despite their prevalence in Canadian vegetable gardens, I have always thought that the Zucchini played an even bigger role in Italian cuisine. Read more
This week I am going to ask you to open your mind. I mean wide open. Now just a little bit wider. Okay, we are getting close.
When people come back from their Italian vacations, they can disagree on many things: where was the most romantic spot, which was the best bowl of pasta or who was the creepiest taxi driver. However, there is one thing they all agree on. The gelato. Read more
It is summertime. Finally. And the heat has arrived, not complaining of course… but with the arrival of this kind of temperature, cooking big meals over the stove ends for me. Full stop. So….say hello to my good friend Bruschetta – and be sure to pronounce it right [brusˈketːa] so the Italians in the room don’t take offence. Read more
For the last few weeks I have been craving lentils. A real deep lusty craving. And they say that when your body craves something, it is trying to tell you that you are lacking a particular nutrient, mineral or vitamin. So, since my craving didn’t involve something illegal or unhealthy… I thought I should listen. Read more
Every Sunday afternoon, for the past number of weeks, my neighbour has been torturing me with the most amazing and delicious barbeque smells coming from over the fence. I haven’t seen an invite to join in yet but if I don’t get one soon, I may just have to crash his next Sunday lunch. So, in honour of the BBQ season that is now upon us, today’s Mediterranean Monday recipe is the easiest one of all: STEAK Tuscan-style. Read more
In keeping with the Pesto theme from last week and because I am writing this post from Trapani… today’s Mediterranean Monday recipe is Pesto Trapanese, a dish typical of western Sicily.
Pesto alla Trapanese is an ancient recipe that has its origins in the port of Trapani where the ships from Genoa on route to the Orient would stop. It was in fact the Genoan sailors that introduced pesto to the Sicilians. Read more