Salmon Salad // Insalata con salmone

Friday, April 28, 2017


Way back in October 2016, Darby Stanchfield posted her meal on Snapchat. I don't usually do it, but that was my kind of dish so I took a screenshot so I could re-make it. And here it is, way too many months later.

Barley Risotto with Wild Asparagus and Gorgonzola // Risotto di orzo con asparagi selvatici e gorgonzola

Wednesday, April 26, 2017


My father is a hunter. He has always been. Not the kind of hunter that goes around with a rifle shooting poor, innocent animals like my grandfather used to do, but the kind of hunter that goes for a morning walk - I live in the countryside - and inspects the bushes looking for wild asparagus.

Lupini Bean Gnocchi with Spiced Turnip Sauce // Gnocchi di lupini con salsa di rapa speziata

Monday, April 24, 2017


It is official, gnocchi and I will never be a thing. No matter how hard I try, I'm never going to be able to make them. I don't know, maybe I should stick to make traditional potato gnocchi instead of trying new and weird things.

Yuca and Turnip Salad with Grilled Shrimps // Insalata di manioca e rapa con gamberi grigliati

Saturday, April 22, 2017


Do you want to know something about me? Here it is, I'm always looking for new foods to try. I said it. But I'm pretty sure you've already figured that out, didn't you? Well, I've finally tried yuca aka cassava aka tapioca aka why this damn root vegetable has so many names aka that weird brown thing you've probably seen in the grocery store a million times. And I loved it!

Spring Sorghum and Mackerel Bowl // Bowl primaverile di sorgo e sgombro

Thursday, April 20, 2017


Do you know or want to know why I love bowls so much? Well, I'm going to tell you anyway. Because they allow me to throw, quite literally, a bunch of ingredients together, without doing any real job. They are my excuse to be lazy.

Caramelized Banana Oatmeal // Porridge alle banane caramellate

Tuesday, April 18, 2017


Do you know what day is today? It's Inglourious Bananas' 1st birthday! I can't believe it's already been a year since I embarked on this journey, and I can't believe how much has happened. Not only my cooking skills have improved as I keep challenging myself every day to do more and be more creative, but I've also "met" a lot of great people, you guys! And whether you are another blogger or just someone who likes my recipes, thank you, thank you so much for sticking around and for giving me the motivation to keep doing this.

Roasted Radishes // Ravanelli arrostiti

Friday, April 14, 2017


Before you say anything, yes, I do realise I just posted a roasted vegetable recipe the other day. But I love roasting foods, especially vegetables, and this is radishes' time.

Pasta with Mushrooms and Seaweeds // Pasta con funghi ed alghe

Wednesday, April 12, 2017


There's a lot of things I could say about this dish. I could say I was inspired by the ingredients. I could say I wanted to make a vegan alternative to my pasta with spiced mushrooms and Greek yogurt. But none of those would be the truth, that being pasta actually saved me and that a random combination of ingredients ended up being a winner.

Roasted Cauliflower // Cavolfiore arrostito

Monday, April 10, 2017


After a first and failed attempt at making cauliflower bagels - I won't give up so easily -, I decided to go with a classic of mine, roasted cauliflower.

Spaghetti with Agretti // Spaghetti con agretti

Friday, April 07, 2017


I'm back. And I've brought agretti with me. Again. What can I say, I love them! And it's such a shame they are available for such a short period of time. Anyway, since they are an Italian vegetable, I decided to (re)make and share with you this spaghetti with agretti.

Beef Steak with Mushrooms // Bistecca di manzo con funghi

Wednesday, April 05, 2017


Just in case you didn't notice it, I'm a huge fan of mushrooms. And I've recently found out how delicious they are with beef. So, after finding the right cut - and believe me, the struggle is real for me -, I decided to make the easiest beef and mushroom dish I could think of, a steak with mushrooms.

Coconut Celeriac and Chickpea Curry // Curry di sedano rapa e ceci al cocco

Monday, April 03, 2017



Do you ever get obsessed with some foods and only want to eat those all day long? I do, and right now I'm obsessed with celeriac. I don't even bother cooking it, I just peel it and eat it as it is. Crunchy and with its celery-like flavour.

Buckwheat Polenta with Roasted Mushrooms // Polenta di grano saraceno con funghi arrostiti

Friday, March 31, 2017


Polenta is one of those foods that bring me back to my childhood. I remember those days when my mother used to make it as if it was yesterday. And more than anything I remember that my favourite part wasn't the polenta itself - I actually wasn't much of a fan of it - but the delicious Bolognese sauce we used to top it with.

Agretti with Creamy Egg Yolk // Agretti con tuorlo cremoso

Wednesday, March 29, 2017


Last winter, in some magazine - I think it was one of my mother's La Cucina Italiana -, I saw a poached egg yolk served on top of some lacinato kale and some sort of frittata. It was a bit of a complex dish for me to remake, but I did like the idea of the creamy egg yolk. A lot. So I wrote it down, waiting for the right moment to use it.

Pasta with Spiced Mushrooms and Greek Yogurt // Pasta con funghi speziati e yogurt greco

Monday, March 27, 2017


I'm actually starting to love pasta because it's simply the easiest thing to make when I'm feeling lazy. Or when I have no idea what to cook for lunch - which is happening quite a lot lately - but I still don't want to eat junk food, because, believe it or not, pasta isn't bad as many people say. Just make sure that your pasta is whole wheat aka more flavourful and al dente.

Baked Cod with Potatoes, Cherry Tomatoes and Olives // Merluzzo al forno con patate, pomodorini e olive

Friday, March 24, 2017


As I've mentioned a couple times in the past, cod is one of my favourite fishes. Not because it's a skinny fish, but because of its delicate flavour. Sure, it depends on the kind of cod you use. If you are using dried cod, that's not going going to be very delicate, netiher in flavour nor taste. Believe me, I grew up in a family eating it at least once a year.

Roasted Cauliflower Soup with Caramelized Onion and Walnuts // Zuppa di cavolfiore arrostito con cipolla caramellata e noci

Wednesday, March 22, 2017


Everyone seems to love cauliflower these days. It is indeed everywhere. There's cauliflower pizza, cauliflower mash, cauliflower rice, cauliflower buns, cauliflower tortillas, cauliflower steaks, and I've no idea how many other low-carb cauliflower dishes I'm not mentioning. And I have to admit I'm the first to love those alternatives to carbs, not because I'm on a diet, but simply because I like to try new things.

Beef Stroganoff // Manzo alla Stroganoff

Monday, March 20, 2017


Nina Simone used to sing I put a spell on you, and I'm pretty sure someone put a spell on me because, whenever I decide to make a recipe, something goes wrong. Like the other day when I saw a gorgeous beef fillet and asked for it and the counter lady cut it so badly I wanted to cry. Seriously, how is anyone supposed to cook a fillet with one side significantly thicker than the other?

Savoury Saint Patrick's Day Cupcakes // Cupcakes salati di San Patrizio

Friday, March 17, 2017


I'm not sure it's a thing people say but I'm going to say it anyway, happy Saint Patrick's Day everybody! Although I'm not Irish, I've always been fascinated by this holiday - a dream of mine is actually to celebrate this day in Ireland - so here I am, paying homage to this day with these savoury Saint Patrick's Day Cupcakes. Aren't they beautiful? Well, they were delicious as well!

Agretti with Ginger and Sesame Seeds // Agretti allo zenzero e semi di sesamo

Wednesday, March 15, 2017


They have a lot of names. I believe the most common is agretti but we, Italians, also call it barba di frate (monk's beard) and (a)roscani, depending on which part of Italy we are from. One thing I believe we can all agree though is that they are delicious.

Buckwheat Stir Fry // Stir fry di grano saraceno

Monday, March 13, 2017


Just in case you didn't notice, buckwheat is one of my favourite grains. I'm in love with it since the first time I ate it, and this YouTube recipe was one of the firsts I've tried. It was very simple and quick to make so the other day since I came home late and I didn't have much time to cook, I remade it. Actually, I made my own version of it.

Salmon and Spinach with Basil Yogurt Sauce and Pistachios // Salmone e spinaci con salsa al basilico e yogurt e pistacchi

Friday, March 10, 2017


A few months ago - actually it was in September and I remember that because I posted it on Facebook - I assembled a meal where salmon was the only fresh ingredient. There were some spinach I cooked the day before, some leftover plain yogurt - I don't know how that was possible since I usually eat the whole thing - and some chopped pistachios. And you know what, it really tasted delicious.

Green Apple Risotto // Risotto alla mela verde

Wednesday, March 08, 2017


There was a time when I loved eating raw Granny Smith. I loved it because of its crunchiness and tartness. Then I discovered how good they taste when cooked, and that's pretty much how I've eaten them ever since. Whether grilled, baked or cooked in my morning oats, I love how they change in flavour.

Pasta e Fagioli

Monday, March 06, 2017


A few days ago it was almost t-shirt hot, and now we have slipped back into cold and windy days when all I feel like doing is wearing tons of clothes, eating hot foods and drinking hot beverages. It's still winter after all.

Buckwheat and Romanesco Broccoli Bowl with Cod // Bowl di grano saraceno e broccolo romanesco con merluzzo

Friday, March 03, 2017


Those of you who are Christians know that as Carnival ends, Lent starts, a period preceding Easter that runs from Ash Wednesday to Holy Saturday. Although I'm an atheist now, I grew up on that religion and I was told we couldn't eat meat on those Fridays. And that eventually translated into we eat fish on those Fridays. Which is why I came up with this dish.

Baked Avocado Fries // Patatine di avocado al forno

Wednesday, March 01, 2017


Carnival is officially (and finally) over so no more fried sweets for a little while. Your liver - and mine as well - is yet to recover, though, that's why I made avocado fries. I know, avocados are loaded with fats, but they are the good type of fats.

Whole Wheat Greek Yogurt Pancakes // Pancakes integrali allo yogurt greco

Monday, February 27, 2017


Shrove Tuesday is just around the corner and traditions have people from a lot of different countries celebrating with costume parties and a lot of deep fried sweets. I'm not going to lie, I'm a huge fan of the deep fried sweets part and, although I follow a healthy lifestyle, I don't deprive myself of those. It happens once a year after all.

Chicken and Broccoli Ramen // Ramen di pollo e broccoli

Friday, February 24, 2017


Three, maybe four years ago I became obsessed with instant ramen. At the time I really loved that stuff. Then I slowly started to notice that it didn't taste that good and I start throwing the flavour package away and seasoned the noodles with whatever I wanted. But that was before.

Tagliatelle with Mushrooms // Tagliatelle ai funghi

Wednesday, February 22, 2017


I've never mentioned it before but I am a huge comic books fan. So at the end of October last year, I went to Lucca for the Lucca Comics & Games, an annual comic book and gaming convention. The event was fantastic, but since I had never been there before I was also interested in seeing the city and eating some typical food.

Purple Carrot and Feta Risotto // Risotto con carote viola e feta

Monday, February 20, 2017



It has been getting warmer during the past couple of days. Kinda. So I don't have anymore the need to eat super hot foods to warm me up. But it isn't still hot enough to eat cold or room temperature foods. What I'm trying to say is that risottos fit perfectly.

Vegetarian Carbonara with Beets // Carbonara vegetariana con barbabietole

Friday, February 17, 2017


Carbonara was one of my favourites growing up. It wasn't the carbonara everybody knows (and love), though. It was spaghetti with pancetta and... scramble eggs! I know, that's not a carbonara, but that's the way my mother used to make it because my father doesn't like rawish eggs.

Stewed Cabbage // Cavolo stufato

Wednesday, February 15, 2017


Not a long time ago, when I shared a savoy cabbage side with raisins and pine nuts, I told you that using cabbage as a side dish is my favourite way because it doesn't require a lot of effort.

Pomegranate Salmon // Salmone alla melagrana

Monday, February 13, 2017


I eat salmon about once a week. Sometimes it's a fancy recipe made by my mother, sometimes it's a simple skillet salmon and it's made by me. Some other times I also feel like making fancy and visually stunning dishes, and I try to combine the aesthetic with unusual food combinations.

Pasta with Chicken Liver Pâté and Turnips // Pasta con pâté di fegatini di pollo e rape

Friday, February 10, 2017


A while ago, after spending too much time cleaning chicken liver, I sautéed some onion, added the liver and cooked it. I season the whole thing with some fresh thyme and chili and blend it with a little olive oil. And voilà, my healthy pâté was ready to eat. There was only one problem though, it was a lot of paté so I decided to divide it into portions and freeze it.

Sesame Roasted Turnips and Spelt // Rape al sesamo arrostite e farro

Wednesday, February 08, 2017


One of the first recipes I posted on the blog was roasted turnips, a very simple recipe. That time I used thyme and a Greek yogurt sauce to enhance turnips' light taste.

Lacinato Kale, Brussels Sprouts and Kumquat Salad // Insalata di cavolo nero, cavolini di Bruxelles e kumquat

Monday, February 06, 2017


Kumquats are my favourite winter fruit. They have a sweet zest and a juicy and slightly bitter inside which is very unusual for citrus fruits, but that's why I love them, they basically say "don't judge a book by its cover".

Balsamic Garlic Roasted Green Beans and Mushrooms // Fagiolini e funghi arrostiti all'aceto balsamico e aglio

Friday, February 03, 2017


I'm the one-dish meal kind of person. I love having my carbs, proteins, fats and vegetables all in the same dish because that way I can make my food a lot more flavourful. On weekends, however, my mother usually cooks, and since there's usually a lack of vegetables on the table, I cook them.

Bok Choy and Vermicelli Soup // Zuppa di pak choi e vermicelli

Wednesday, February 01, 2017


Although the last three days of January are supposed to be cold (it's an Italian tradition), these past days have been warmer than usual - temperatures even reached 10°C, which is a lot considering most of the month has been around 0°C.

Orecchiette with Radishes // Orecchiette con ravanelli

Monday, January 30, 2017


The other day I went grocery shopping with one goal, to buy purple cauliflower so I could make Consuelo's Mediterranean orecchiette with purple cauliflower. Well, it's easier said than done because when I don't need something, there's plenty of it, but when I need something, there's none of it.

Lentil Pasta with Hokkaido Pumpkin // Pasta di lenticchie con zucca Hokkaido

Friday, January 27, 2017


A while back, I saw lentil pasta on the store shelf and I was very curious to try it. I didn't buy it immediately, because I wasn't sure I was going to use it. But then I told myself that I love lentils and pasta isn't that bad either, also they are rich in protein, iron and fiber, so I'd definitely find a way to use them.

Legume Soup with Lacinato Kale and Mushrooms // Zuppa di legumi con cavolo nero e funghi

Wednesday, January 25, 2017


Snow has almost completely melted, but it's still pretty cold and I'm still in the mood for soups. So yeah, you're stuck with another soup of mine.

Quinoa Couscous with Cauliflower // Couscous di quinoa con cavolfiore

Monday, January 23, 2017

Something I love doing when it's too cold to leave the house is checking social networks. I arguably spend too much time on them, but sometimes they are quite useful. Last week, for example, I saw Eleni's quinoa and Romanesco broccoli couscous, and it was so appealing I had to try it. So I pinned the recipe, but I couldn't wait so I tried it straight away.

Savoy Cabbage with Raisins and Pine Nuts // Cavolo verza con uvetta e pinoli

Friday, January 20, 2017


With this weather, cabbages of all kind are pretty much the only vegetables I eat. Soups, pasta, rice, side dish, they fit pretty much everywhere. Sometimes I even add some in my morning oatmeal. I know, weird, still I love it.

Winter Barley and Adzuki Bean Soup // Zuppa invernale di orzo e fagioli adzuki

Wednesday, January 18, 2017


It has snowed for the past few days, and although we had worse days last week, it's pretty cold outside. That means I have all the time in the world to do my favourite things, those being watching movies, catching up on TV shows, reading and cooking.

Black Bean and Brown Rice Bowl with Vegetables and Egg // Bowl di fagioli neri e riso integrale con verdure e uovo

Monday, January 16, 2017



I'm a pretty weird person and as such I was terribly craving black beans the past week. And I badly wanted to make something Mexican, like a taco bowl or something, so I could use that pre-cooked corn I bought a while back.

Chestnut and Hazelnut Risotto // Risotto alle castagne e nocciole

Friday, January 13, 2017


I know a lot of people feel like doing absolutely nothing when it's cold. All I feel like doing, other than eating and drinking hot stuff, is cooking because that way the stove will keep me warm. And risottos are perfect for that since you have to stir often and keep an eye on it continuously.

Farro and Broad Bean Pasta with Brussels Sprouts and Chestnuts // Pasta di farro e fave con cavolini di Bruxelles e castagne

Wednesday, January 11, 2017


It's been a while since I last cooked and posted a pasta dish and the reason is very simple. Because of the holidays, the whole family at home, and my father being a pasta guy, whether dry or fresh and homemade, we had a lot of pasta for lunch. And being one of those people who get bored of things easily, I sure didn't spend my time in the kitchen making pasta.

Soybean and Lacinato Kale Soup // Zuppa di soia e cavolo nero

Monday, January 09, 2017


Snow finally came. I've been waiting for this moment since I started the blog last April because I wanted to try replicate Minnie's stew from Tarantino's "The Hateful Eight". I thought it'd be great to take photos with snow in background.

Savoy Cabbage with Chickpeas // Cavolo verza con ceci

Friday, January 06, 2017


I saw an interesting warm salad recipe on a magazine - I believe it was Confidenze - a while back, I cut it out and saved if for the day I would make it. That day has come. Well, kinda since that was a salad with chickpeas, spinach, anchovies and bread, while the dish I'm sharing with you today it's made with savoy cabbage and chickpeas.

Sesame Kale and Tofu with Lemon Rice Noodles // Cavolo riccio e tofu al sesamo con vermicelli di riso al limone

Wednesday, January 04, 2017


Believe it or not, but I needed a break from soups. Don't get me wrong, I still love them, but there are days when I feel like eating with chopsticks, and it's not very easy to eat a soup with those wooden things. Believe me, I've tried.