Cuttlefish stuffed with broccoli

Seppie ripiene con broccoli e gamberetti from Campania I’ll be honest, this isn’t so much a traditional recipe as a twist on something I tried in a restaurant and liked. It is a winter version of something of a summer classic, as cuttlefish, although available all year round in Southern Italy, is mainly eaten, lightly…

Mandarinetto liqueur

Mandarinetto from Campania Most people have heard of limoncello, that sweet, tangy oh-so-mediterranean liqueur from the Amalfi Coast which just screams of summer, sun and after dinner drinks on a balcony surrounded by the scent of the sea. Yes, limoncello is deservedly famous. And easy to make… but that’s for another post. How many of…

Roasted vegetable soup

Vellutata di verdure al forno from Liguria You all know that I like soup in the winter. Really like it. It is absolutely the best thing, with some lovely crusty bread, to warm up the cold winter nights or to provide a healthy, satisfying lunch on a freezing, grey, dismal day. I  also adore roasted…

Spicy bean and endive soup

Minestra di scarole e fagioli from Campania It’s cold. It’s wet. It’s miserable and dark. Yes, even in Southern Italy, it is December after all! All of this means only one thing… Soup! When you come home on one of those horrid winter nights after a long day at work there’s nothing better than a…

Veal and red wine hotpot

Spezzatino di vitello con vino rosso from Veneto I remember the first time I had this, just outside Venice in February. I was living in Milan at the time as a student, and some friends and I had decided to go to Venice carnival for the day – it was beautiful, full of swirling colours,…