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Limonata con basilico, lemonade with basil... summertime!

Limonata con basilico, lemonade with basil... summertime!

  As I am preparing a recipe with lemon peel only, I had a left-over of naked lemons without their skin. The preparation of the recipe with lemon peel needs some time, keep following me and you will see me writing[...]
Panzerotti time ... a tasty fried pizza snack!

Panzerotti time ... a tasty fried pizza snack!

    Yes, I admit even I'm watching the 2014 World Cup football every night too. Honestly I'm not a football fan at all, but the World Cup is actually something fun. But I watch only the matches in which "my" countries[...]
Sorbetto al limone, a lemon sorbet ... now the  summer may begin!

Sorbetto al limone, a lemon sorbet ... now the summer may begin!

    A Sorbetto al Limone, for me a lemon sorbet absolutely belongs to the summer. Without a lemon sorbet, summer has not really started.     It is perhaps more lemon in general. I remember that when I was a child, when I arrived[...]
A fresh summer salad of tomatoes

A fresh summer salad of tomatoes

    Last weekend I had the chance to organize a barbecue with friends, taking advantage of the only day of the week where the sun was showing his face...finally. As the month of May was so cloudy and rainy. :(     For this[...]
Fettuccine alla carbonara di zucchine, a vegetarian carbonara

Fettuccine alla carbonara di zucchine, a vegetarian carbonara

  Lately, I don't have as much time as I want to cook and write recipes. Writing and editing the recipes of the look and cookbook "Look & Cook about Puglia" is great and exciting to do, but also lots of[...]
Pasta with pods of fava beans, a surprisingly tasty recipe !

Pasta with pods of fava beans, a surprisingly tasty recipe !

    In my previous blog about a pasta recipe with fava beans and salsiccia, I said do not throw away the empty pods. I wrote this because I had another recipe in mind. ;)     I made this recipe two days later, but[...]
Pasta con Fave e Salsiccia, with fava beans and sausages

Pasta con Fave e Salsiccia, with fava beans and sausages

    It's spring again and that means it's time for the special spring vegetables such as fresh fava beans. Fava beans are for sale again. I'll get them myself at a Portuguese grocery shop. They are being the first having fava beans[...]
Fettuccine Carciofi e Pancetta, artichoke and pancetta... just yummy ! :)

Fettuccine Carciofi e Pancetta, artichoke and pancetta... just yummy ! :)

    Really, this delicious plate of fettuccine with artichoke and pancetta is just yummy.     And not only the pasta was great, but also the weather. I've eaten it outside in the wonderful sunshine and it's only the beginning of March! I can't[...]
Panna Cotta al Latte di Mandorla, with the delicate taste of almond milk

Panna Cotta al Latte di Mandorla, with the delicate taste of almond milk

    Panna cotta is one of those recipes which you can prepare with many different tastes. In my family, my daughter Layla is the big expert. In an instant she invents a new flavor and we all enjoy another delicious dessert[...]
Lemon curd, for a fresh touch at breakfast or brunch !

Lemon curd, for a fresh touch at breakfast or brunch !

  It has been a while since I wanted to make a lemon curd.     The first time I tasted it, was during a professional trip to Amsterdam. I had a brunch with a good friend and there they served a delicious lemon[...]
Almond cake, a soft cake with the taste of the South !

Almond cake, a soft cake with the taste of the South !

    This time for a change, I post a sweet recipe instead of all the savory recipes. Because yes... sometimes me too, I long for something sweet !:)     That is why I decided to make an almond cake. It's a soft cake[...]
Leek and Ricotta pie, simple, fast and tasty !

Leek and Ricotta pie, simple, fast and tasty !

    Last night, I didn't want to spend a lot of time cooking, so I decided to make a leek and ricotta pie. Simple, fast and tasty ! Really for this pie there is almost nothing you have to do, except[...]
How to cook pasta ? ... the basic rules

How to cook pasta ? ... the basic rules

    How to cook pasta ? Of course everybody cooks pasta once in a while and it seems to be one of the easiest things to do. But easy as it is, it's also very easy to cook it badly. And[...]
Pasta con crema di peperoni, with creamy bell pepper sauce

Pasta con crema di peperoni, with creamy bell pepper sauce

    Pasta con Crema di Peperoni is a delicious and easy recipe to prepare. I made it for the first time, during my cooking class with Gianna in Lecce. It is a delicious creamy pasta sauce with sweet bell pepper. To[...]
Spaghetti Pomodoro e Basilico the traditional recipe

Spaghetti Pomodoro e Basilico the traditional recipe

    Who has never eaten it? ... Spaghetti Pomodoro e Basilico . I think that there are only a few people who have never tasted this delicious dish of the Italian cuisine.     This year, Spaghetti Pomodoro e Basilico is proclaimed the official dish[...]
King cake the cake for "La Befana"

King cake the cake for "La Befana"

    It's time for a delicious king cake, the cake for "la Befana". January 6 is the Epiphany day, or as they say in Italy "L' Epifania" or "La Festa della Befana" . La Befana is an ugly but lovable witch who[...]
Purceddhruzzi Italian Christmas recipes  from Salento

Purceddhruzzi Italian Christmas recipes from Salento

    In my previous BLOG I wrote about the cooking class " Traditional Cooking " which I had with Gianna in her cooking school Cooking Experience in Lecce.   This is one of the special traditional Christmas recipes from Salento used by Gianna's[...]
Tiramisu a festive Italian dessert - the recipe

Tiramisu a festive Italian dessert - the recipe

    Tiramisu is a well known classic Italian dessert. It's a real Italian recipe and it is always a success when I prepare it :) I love Tiramisu prepared with coffee, as it has to be according to the traditional recipe. But[...]
A delicious zucchini recipe; Zucchine alla Poverella

A delicious zucchini recipe; Zucchine alla Poverella

      Finally we have a real summer with nice weather, like I remember from when I was a child. I love summer, sun and heat. And summer means also having dinner outside with family and friends, the more the better. A few[...]
Pasta recipe for the summer: Pasta Crudaiola

Pasta recipe for the summer: Pasta Crudaiola

    This Pasta recipe is perfect for  long and warm summers. Pasta Crudaliola or more easily said Crudaiolo means Raw. Its sauce needs no cooking. Just chop the ingredients and add the Pasta. A delicious Pasta dish prepared in no time.   I had the change[...]
Artichokes cleaned and prepared by hand by the women of Arenazza

Artichokes cleaned and prepared by hand by the women of Arenazza

  A few days ago I had my friend Lara from the Masseria Arenazza in Monopoli on the phone. She told me that her hands were hurting from cleaning thousands and thousands of artichokes, for their conserves and tapenades. When the[...]
Cake di Carote - Carrot Cake

Cake di Carote - Carrot Cake

    In the recipe of this simple and delicious carrot cake, I used olive oil instead of butter. It makes the structure of this cake soft and the taste great !   Ingredients: 200 g flour self raising 180 ml EV Olive Oil 200 g brown[...]
How to make Orecchiette yourself ?

How to make Orecchiette yourself ?

      Orecchiette is the typical pasta of Puglia. The pasta form looks like little ears and is often prepared with a delicious Sauce of Cime di Rape.   But this kind of Pasta is irresistible with a simple tomato sauce, like the Fiaschetto one[...]
Cozze gratinate alla Pugliese - Gratinated mussels Puglia

Cozze gratinate alla Pugliese - Gratinated mussels Puglia

    Cozze gratinate Pugliese, A very nice traditional recipe for gratinated mussels...an antipasto from Puglia with mussels. 1 kg mussels 3 cloves of garlic 80 g dry breadcrumbs 40 g grated parmesan cheese 4 spoons of EV olive oil Lanzilotti 3 spoons parsley finely chopped chili Clean the mussels[...]
Crostata Ricotta & Pears

Crostata Ricotta & Pears

    My daughter and I love this cake, especially if it is still a little warm ... For the crust: 250g flour 150g sugar 150g butter 1 egg zest of one lemon (grated) pinch of salt For the filling: 250g ricotta cheese 2 pears 100g sugar 1 egg 25g butter cinnamon Preparation: Preheat oven to 180 degrees. For[...]
Spaghetti Aglio Olio Peperoncino - spicy pasta recipes

Spaghetti Aglio Olio Peperoncino - spicy pasta recipes

      Spaghetti with garlic, olive oil and chilipeppers...is a part of the classic spicy pasta recipes. Simple but always tasty, especially when eating it toghether with your friends and drinking a nice glass of red wine! This dish is also one of[...]
Pettole dolci for San Martino: the fried dough recipe for St. Martin

Pettole dolci for San Martino: the fried dough recipe for St. Martin

    Every year, on on the 11th of November the Italians celebrate San Martino, St. Martin... eating roast meat on the grill, sweet Pettole and enjoying the first taste of Novello wine. The history of St. Martin, San Martino dates far back[...]
Torta salata con zucchine - Zucchini Pie

Torta salata con zucchine - Zucchini Pie

A Pie is tasty always, this Courgette Pie...looks delicious, smells delicious...and tastes delicious :) Ingredients: 3 thinly sliced zucchini (courgette) 1 ready-to-use puff pastry 1 small onion chopped 4 spoons extra virgin olive oil Lanzilotti 2 eggs parmesan cheese salt and pepper, fresh mint sesame seeds In a skillet, heat[...]
Fig Jam a mediterranean delight

Fig Jam a mediterranean delight

      Fig Jam for me is a real Mediterranean delight. I grow up with strawberry and blueberry marmalade and figs for me where something rare and tropical :)   Well, even if for me figs were rare, I did some research about this[...]
Orecchiette con Cime di Rapa

Orecchiette con Cime di Rapa

    This is one of the classic dishes in Puglia. Cime di Rapa (Brassica rapa lat.) is not a broccoli even if it looks similar. It grows in Puglia. The taste is a bit bitter. Orecchiette con Cime di Rapa is easy to[...]
Marmellata di peperoncino: Chilli Jam recipe of a spicy jam

Marmellata di peperoncino: Chilli Jam recipe of a spicy jam

  This Chilli jam recipe, I tasted for the first time during "La Festa del Peperoncino" in Torre Santa Susanna (Puglia-Italy). One of the local parties of which there are plenty during summer. Every dish prepared at this party had to[...]
Frise con Pomodoro

Frise con Pomodoro

    It's almost summer and nothing gives me more the special summer feeling than a delicious Frisa con Pomodoro. Frisa (or Frisella or Frisellina) are the typical little round toasted breads you can find in Puglia and especially in Salento the most[...]
Casarecce con Asparagi

Casarecce con Asparagi

    Casarecce with Asparagus This creamy sauce has a very delicate taste. A real Spring recipe. 350 gr. Casareccie or other short pasta like Penne 200 gr. Asparagus 1 small onion 1 glass of white wine bit of cream some vegetable stock 1 spoon of Lanzilotti Extra Virgin Olive[...]
Scarcella di Pasqua an Easter tradition from Puglia

Scarcella di Pasqua an Easter tradition from Puglia

    The Scarcella is the traditional cookie prepared during the Easter period in Puglia. It can have different shapes like a pigeon or a heart, but the traditional form is a braided ring. The braid stays for eternity and the egg closed[...]
Tenerina  chocolate cake

Tenerina chocolate cake

        Chocolate...who does not love it? This cake is an absolute must for every chocolate addict like me...It is called Tenerina. A specialty from Ferrara, where I lived... a town in North Italy. Tenerina means "soft" ... This cake is crisp[...]
A home-made Digestivo a must!

A home-made Digestivo a must!

  One of the things I like most of Puglia are the people. They are very attached to there traditions and region and longing to share this with you as soon as they have the opportunity.. Their hospitality is enormous. If you[...]
Parmigiana di Melanzane; Eggplant Parmigiana

Parmigiana di Melanzane; Eggplant Parmigiana

  A classic recipe of the Italian kitchen. I like eggplant prepared in every way, but this dish is probably one of my favorites. You can prepare it on forehand and even serve it at room temperature. But the best is[...]
Fondente al cioccolato con cuore piccante; chocolate fondant with spiced chocolate heart

Fondente al cioccolato con cuore piccante; chocolate fondant with spiced chocolate heart

  A perfect recipe for San Valentino...A hot bitter chocolate fondant with a melty spiced chocolate heart. The Italian touch...the chili of Apulia of course. A real temptation...irresistible, tasty and spicy .. Ingredients for 4 persons: 2 eggs 80g brown sugar 120g dark chocolate (70%[...]
Rustico Leccese: a traditional snack from Lecce

Rustico Leccese: a traditional snack from Lecce

      The kitchen from Puglia and Salento is caracterized by simple ingredients (la cucina povera) which make all together very tasty dishes.   This snack is a very good example. It has its origins in Lecce, a beautiful town in Puglia. You can[...]
Pasta con Spinaci e Pinoli

Pasta con Spinaci e Pinoli

Sometimes I find it hard to prepare a nice dinner on time. With this pasta recipe I'm ready in 15 minutes. It's tasty and the roasted pine nuts give it some extra... Ingredients for 4 persons: 350 g fresh spinach 4[...]
Le Chiacchiere a special carnival recipe

Le Chiacchiere a special carnival recipe

    Le Chiacchiere are fried pastries. Its an Italian recipe prepared during carnival. During the carnival in Italy, it is used to prepare several fried pastries to offer to friends and family. This is why the Italians say:   "A Carnevale, ogni fritto vale!" Translated[...]
The favourite dish of my kids;  Pasta with tomato and ricotta

The favourite dish of my kids; Pasta with tomato and ricotta

My kids and their friends love this recipe of Pasta with a creamy sauce of tomatoes and ricotta cheese. They ask me to prepare it every time they stay for lunch or dinner. My kids friends call it Hetty's Pasta. Ingredients[...]
Delicious & Easy  Bruschetta!

Delicious & Easy Bruschetta!

The way I prefer to enjoy the taste of Extra Virgin Olive Oil is with a classic Bruschetta. Take some slices of italian bread and toast it. The best is the "Pane Pugliese" toasted on an open fire, but I know[...]
My good resolutions for 2012...

My good resolutions for 2012...

One of my good resolutions for the coming year is to blog more. To tell more about Salento, this beautiful part of Italy I love, it's culture, cities and nature and of course lots and lots of recipes... I want to[...]
Le Pettole

Le Pettole

December in Salento is the month of Le Pettole, or as they say in the dialect of Brindisi Li Pettuli. These fried dumpling, with different fillings, traditionally is made the evening before L'Immacolata, the Lady's name day, the 8th of[...]
Penne con gli Asparagi

Penne con gli Asparagi

Just had a delicious dinner. I made some Pasta with Asparagus. Prepared it in no time and it shows great. Nice for surprising your guests. Click on Pasta for the recipe. Click and leave a comment[...]

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