30 November 2011

Clementine & Cinnamon Juice


I had been wanting to make a jug of clementine juice eversince I bought a big batch of the fruit but I just didn't have any idea on what to mix them with.  I love clementines as a fruit, as a base for dessert & as a condiment to meat & fish.  I have embarked on different recipes around this wonderful fruit but I remained clueless about one of the basic things.  Juice.  So while browsing the internet, I found a very interesting juice recipe in Priya's blog combining clementine juice with cinnamon.   Being a bit peculiar because of its cinnamon syrup, I was unsure whether my family would like it.   I was confident that I would like it because cinnamon is one thing I can't resist.  Ever.  Put cinnamon on anything and I would eat it.

28 November 2011

Sweet Potato Mash with Cinnamon & Pistachios


I was undecided whether to use my only big sweet potato as a dessert or as a side dish.  As dessert, I have grown up liking it cooked with coconut milk and mixed with other rootcrops or fried and coated with syrup.   This time,  I boiled and mashed it and treated it like a regular mashed potato dish but mixed it with Bronte pistachios and cinnamon, two of my favorite ingredients.

27 November 2011

Lentil and Pasta Soup


While going through the cupboards, I realized that I haven't touched any of the legumes that I had been continuously buying the past months.  With the different kinds that I have accumulated, you would think that I have a show and tell project going on.

I started with the lentils of Abruzzo.  The good ones come from that area and the best being the lentils of Santo Stefano di Sessanio.  They are smaller & darker, having a higher iron content than the rest of its counterpart.  And they are tastier too.   I mixed what remained of my stock from our last trip from Santo Stefano di Sessanio and I opened a new pack from the same region.    Here, you will find another recipe I did with lentils cooked with red mullet plus some pictures of Santo Stefano di Sessanio.

25 November 2011

Chicken & Broccoli Stir-Fry


When I have an Italian food overload, I crave for Asian food.  I can only count with my fingers what Asian food are palatable for my kids and husband.  This one is one of them.  Believe it or not, true to his strange tastes, Riccardo is one of the very few kids I know who loves broccoli (and cauliflower and broccoli rabe).   I only succumbed to these green florets when I was over 21.   After all, broccoli and kids never went well together.   Fortunately, my son's choice of vegetables is far healthier than mine when I was his age.

21 November 2011

Broccoli Rabe, Sausage & Scamorza Affumicata Crostini


What's good about the crostini is that you can put whatever topping you want and create a whole range of appetizers.  Since the combination of sausages (salsicce) and broccoli rabe (or broccoletti, as they call it in Rome) is a favorite at home, these crostini always disappear fast from our table.

17 November 2011

Canederli allo Speck


Aside from the spectacular Dolomites, the gastronomy of Sudtirol (South Tyrol) pulls me like a magnet.   One of my favorite South Tyrolean dishes is this delicious canerdeli (knodel).  It's available everywhere in South Tyrol.  You can buy the ready-to-cook bread dumplings in the supermarkets or order them in the restaurants and the mountain shelters.  They can be eaten in two ways.  With hot vegetable broth or with melted butter, sprinkled with grated parmigiano reggiano on top. 

10 November 2011

Honeycomb on Toast


I never thought that honeycombs can be eaten.  So, imagine my surprise when I spotted packages of them sandwiched in between dried figs and bottled honey.  I was at the mall and  I happened to pass by a big array of sweet delicacies from all over the country.  They all came straight from small producers so most of them were unmarked just like the honeycombs.  I was wondering if it's a way to show the pureness of the honey and if you squeeze the honey out of the honeycomb.  I was informed that you eat everything along with the honey.   So I bought one favo (honeycomb) knowing that there will be one person at home who would truly enjoy it.

Daikon Salad with Sesame Oil Dressing


This is where the other half of the daikon went to.   I used half to make a salad that I loved from my youth in the Philippines.  It is mixed with tomatoes and dressed with pure vinegar, the recipe of which I just posted.   This one instead, has a milder tone because the vinegar was blended with sesame oil.  Since the other salad's vinegar dressing has a big kick, I had to be considerate to prepare a more pleasant and milder vinegar experience for my husband who doesn't have a good relationship with this tart liquid.

09 November 2011

Daikon & Tomato Salad


Labelled as daikon in the organic supermarket, I grabbed a big white radish on top of the pile, bagged it and weighed it.  Sigh, after so many years, I meet this radish again.   I have known this vegetable as labanos in the Philippines.   Imagining it thinly sliced, combined with chopped tomatoes and drowned in vinegar, I couldn't help hastening my movements.  I had to prepare it quickly.  As much as I loved this salad when I was younger, it had been ages since I last had it.  I had completely forgotten about it.

08 November 2011

Orecchiette with Butternut Squash & Pancetta


A day without pasta at home is strange up to the point of being unacceptable, so I make sure that the kids have one for lunch or dinner.   I usually cook the pasta for lunch and meat or fish for dinner.   Having had so much squash these past days, I had to come up with different ways to cook it.   This pasta dish is so simple to do and the kids loved it.  They loved it enough to ask for seconds so I am filing this as a keeper. 

04 November 2011

Creamy Butternut Squash Soup


When I took home a butternut squash from the organic supermarket, its unfamiliar shape got my son's attention.  I told him that it's a squash and a lengthy discussion started.  He held ground that squashes are round not elongated.  Imagining how jack-o'-lanterns look like, he shook his head, negating the thought of an elongated one.  So, I embarked on a quick explanation of the squash family's different shapes & sizes.  I really don't know if I convinced him.

02 November 2011

Avocado, Salmon & Egg Crostini


There are times when I am seriously pressed for time that the most logical thing to do is whip up something quick and easy but keeping in mind to retain the healthy aspect of the meal.  This is one of the quick & easy meals that I love preparing at times like this.  I usually have the ingredients except for the avocado but smoked salmon, eggs and bread are quite staple in our house.