Spaghetti with broad beans, peas and pesto.

This is a pure spring recipe. When the peas and the broad bean (fave) arrive on the market it’s time to cook this recipe. Ingredients for 2: 125 gr Spaghetti ( Garofalo from Gragnano) a cup of fresh peas a cup of fresh broad bean (dont forget to get the skin around the bean off)…

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Spring Bruschetta

This is a variation from the 3 tomatoes salad I prepared the other day. Basically you have almost the same ingredients, but different tastes. I prepared it as a Bruschetta, but you can use it as a pasta sauce or a side dish with grilled fish or meat and it is super easy to do….

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3 tomatoes and asparagus salad

I am currently preparing the seedlings for our garden and got a tomato craving  (I planted 7 different types 😉 , let’s hope they grow well. Armed with my craving I went tomato shopping and found already different sorts (season has started in Spain and Italy). I settled for some Merinda, some Datterini and some…

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Oriental meatballs with Eggplants and tomatoes

This are 2 dishes I wanted to try since a long time, but I got a hard time finding Sumac. Sumac is a turkish spice which has a tangy lemony taste. Oriental Meatballs Ingredients: 400 gr of ground lamb and beef (in my case I used 300 of Lamb and 100 of beef). salt 2…

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Zaru Soba and Hiyayakko

  This is a special request from a friend of mine. This is for me a perfect combination to prepare a quick, healthy and tasty dinner. Hiyayakko – Cold Tofu Ingredients for 2: 1 pack of firm tofu Some Ponzu sauce (it’s a citrus sauce based on Yuzu) Katsuo Boshi (the bonito flakes) some spring…

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Cucumber pickles – goma shio kyuri

This is a very quick and easy way to prepare pickles with cucumber. First time we tried it was in an isakaya in Omiya, Saitama province. Ingredients: 1 package of snack cucumbers (roughly 250 gr) 2 tbsp rice vinegar 2 tbsp sesame oil 2 tbsp soy sauce 1 ziplock bag   Cut the cucumbers in quarters…

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Maccheroni with Kale and Merguez

In the tuscan tradition, Kale has always been used a lot. It’s called cavolo nero and it is mostly paired with Salsiccia (sausage) and pasta. This is my revisitation of a classic but using merguez instead of salsiccia. Merguez are very nice north african sausages with lamb and beef meat, well seasoned and a touch…

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Duck Breast with Ponzu

This is a pretty easy dish that tastes really good. Ingredients: 1 duck breast Leek Ponzu Sauce (I buy the ready made as we have no choice to get fresh yuzu here) Salt and Pepper a little bit of oil. Preheat the oven to 190°C with air circulation (200°C for the traditional). Pierce the duck…

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Deep-Fried Eggplants in Dashi Marinade

And another Isakaya dish ;-). Ingredients: 2 small eggplants some shishito peppers (they are called pimientos del padron in Europe and typical in Spain) Oil for frying (Sunflower oil) 4 tbsp. soy sauce 4 tbsp. mirin bonito flakes (a handful) 1 small piece of Kombu Kelp 240 ml water 1 tsp. of chili flakes  …

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Pak Choi in Dashi and soy sauce

Last summer I planted some Pak Choi in my raised beds and guess what, it’s still growing now over the winter (ok, it’s a very warm winter…). So I am always looking for new ways to prepare it and this is a delicious one. Ingredients: 500 gr Pak Choi Salt 3 tbsp dashi stock (even…

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