Barley Risotto with Wild Asparagus and Gorgonzola // Risotto di orzo con asparagi selvatici e gorgonzola
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
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!
Thursday, April 20, 2017
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.
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.
Friday, April 07, 2017
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.
Monday, April 03, 2017
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.
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.
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
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?
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!
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
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.
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.
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.
Wednesday, March 01, 2017
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.
Friday, February 24, 2017
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.
Monday, February 20, 2017
Friday, February 17, 2017
Monday, February 13, 2017
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.
Balsamic Garlic Roasted Green Beans and Mushrooms // Fagiolini e funghi arrostiti all'aceto balsamico e aglio
Friday, February 03, 2017
Wednesday, February 01, 2017
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.
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.
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.
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Friday, January 13, 2017
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.
Monday, January 09, 2017
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.