But alas, until I can return to my favorite city in the world, I am on a constant quest to cook as much French food and recreate the unique culinary experiences as much as possible. No, this is not a Julia Child project where I cook everything in her cookbook and blog about it, then a major movie is made and I become rich and famous. No, I simply want to recreate my own love of Paris and all things French in my own home.
The Sunday roast revisited Let’s face it – British food has had a pretty bad reputation. Universally known for bland and sometimes boring dishes, the Brits have certainly come a long way, or perhaps the world has finally caught up to them. London and more importantly, Britain is now known to foodies throughout the world … Read more
Travel anywhere along the Adriatic Coast and you cannot ignore the traditional fish cuisine. Each locality has its own speciality such as stuffed mussels and stuffed squid, pasta with clams, fried fish, pasta and chickpeas, seafood soup and so on. Not least, the Gulf of Vasto, where many dishes are still prepared by local mums in the traditional way.
Ingredienti Italiani: Mozzarella Starting this week, for La Piazza’s new “Ingredienti Italiani” series, I’ll be sharing brief notes on favorite Italian recipe ingredients–itemized and brought to you in totally random order. Annotations will duly include bilingual names with phonetics, useful nutrition information, cooking tips, interesting facts of folklore and food history. The entries come laced … Read more
Causa Rellena, mashed potatoes with a Peruvian flair Peruvians are very proud of their potatoes, and rightly so. The Andean highlands are the birthplace of the humble spud and more than 2,000 types are harvested in the region each year. They come in a dazzling array of colors, shapes and sizes, which you can find … Read more
Fried rice transformed into a Tuscan sweet treat When I saw an ad for Italian cooking classes in Dublin, Ireland, I was skeptical. After all, I have a Sicilian-born father who works as a chef, plus I got to know real, authentic Italian cuisine while living in Rome last year. But when I called Flavour … Read more
Traditional Hungarian Christmas dessert with poppy seeds and honey This dessert brings back so many memories from my childhood. In Hungary, the Christmas tree is decorated on the Holy Night (December 24) in immediate families. For us, Christmas is a private, family holiday and we don’t go to parties. Most families decorate the tree together, … Read more