Potato and green beans salad with black olives

Green beans are one of the delights of summer. As a child I used to pick whole buckets of them from the field. My mum would cook them and then freeze them for the winter.. we just had so many of them! Green beans or “fagiolini” were one of the delights of summer…after ice cream… Continue reading Potato and green beans salad with black olives

Spaghetti alla Vesuviana – Vesuvio style spaghetti

An explosion of flavours of the Mediterranean, that’s how I would describe pasta “alla Vesuviana” or pasta “Vesuvio style”, the Neapolitan vulcano! As you might expect this is a spicy one although, of course, you can choose how much spicy you want it to be. Very similar to a Puttanesca pasta but without the anchovies,… Continue reading Spaghetti alla Vesuviana – Vesuvio style spaghetti

Olives wrapped in pastry for a tasty party appetizer

At this time of year I get wild in the kitchen and I spend my days preparing tons of food. I often have 3 things on the go: usually something baking in the oven, something cooking on the stove and something else on my worktop. If you are in charge of making all the food… Continue reading Olives wrapped in pastry for a tasty party appetizer

Tomato, mozzarella and basil tart with olive oil

Olive oil is a staple ingredient in my kitchen, in fact I could not possibly live without it! It basically goes everywhere: in salads, stews, fish, pastry, cakes and even on my skin as a moisturizer! For my experience you can become really addicted to olive oil and you also become very fussy indeed as… Continue reading Tomato, mozzarella and basil tart with olive oil

Eggplant Noodles- A delicious easy all veggie dish!

Zucchini noodles have been popular for quite some time so I thought why not try doing the same with eggplant? Eggplants are abundantly in season in this part of the world at the moment and they are such a gorgeous versatile vegetable. I do not own a spiralizer and I am not going to buy… Continue reading Eggplant Noodles- A delicious easy all veggie dish!

Simple apple flan with olive oil – under 140 calories

want to eat cakes without any guilt..  this is the time of year when everyone frenetically hits the gym working hard to loose those extra pounds (which by the way help us keep warm in winter!). Clothing shops stock up on gym gear, diet companies make stacks of money selling to you their magic pill… Continue reading Simple apple flan with olive oil – under 140 calories

Sicilian orange and fennel salad with black olives

This is the time of year when we could all really benefit from consuming more colourful foods like oranges, lemons, carrots and green vegetables as they can really improve our mood and our health too. Recently my cousin Sandra invited me for dinner. Sandra is an interesting character: She is originally from Latina, near Rome… Continue reading Sicilian orange and fennel salad with black olives

Parmesan and olives savoury biscuits, great as party food!

The longest night of the year is nearly here! I have always loved new year’s eve celebrations. In Italy people stay up until the morning to wait for the new year and eat and drink almost non-stop for several hours…of course this is what I will be doing together with both my sisters and respective husbands.┬áThere… Continue reading Parmesan and olives savoury biscuits, great as party food!