Canederli (Knödel) with smoked ham

canederli au jambon fumé

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There are two things that are not negotiable in my family during Christmas days: the broth and the raffle. No matter how old you are, if you are tired or not, you are morally obliged to eat at least 2 tablespoons of broth and play one turn at the raffle. We eat broth in a different way, with a different kind of pasta. Read more

Butternut squash soup with coconut milk and caramelized onions

butternut squash and coconut milk soup

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Tell me, how many times did you promise yourself that it would have been the last time you eat food served on airplanes? I do it all the time. And also, how many times have you resisted eating something? It never happens to me. The funny thing is that I often eat at the airport, convinced that I will refuse the food that will be offered me, but in reality I always point my nose when the food cart is around, and I unavoidable find my self answering to the fateful question: “Chicken or pasta? ” . Read more

Watermelon gazpacho et paneer

watermelon gazpacho

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Walking around the market during the beautiful summer mornings means going home with a great amount of fruits and vegetables, sometimes even with flowers, sometimes with plants (and please note that I have a very small balcony!). A couple of days ago I went overboard and I came back home with a big watermelon. Read more

Cold nettle soup with Greek yoghurt

 

Cold nettle soup

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Just to make it clear: this is the first time I’ve cooked nettle. The memories of the itches on my legs, even after several years, are still there. But finally my curiosity won over the “bad itching memories”, and so I went home with a lot of organic nettle. I wish I had a mirror when I tasted the first spoon of this soup. Read more

Pea and ginger cream with ricotta and saffron

pea and ginger soup with ricotta

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Christmas gifts always make me happy. They are even better when I‘m not expecting them. Especially when we talk about fine food surprises, that fruit and saffron jams and pure saffron. Oh what a great surprise! When my dear friend Olivia came in the bar where we had an appointment with a small paper bag in her hands, I realized immediately that in that bag there was something that I would madly love. Olivia and his companion Guido (almost future husband), like in the fairy tales, left the big city for the countryside around Siena. Read more