Polpette biscotte al finocchio: fennel meatballs (recipe)

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    Italian food may be simple, but often it’s not fast: but that’s one of its charms. Good ingredients, cooked well. It’s no surprise therefore that the Slow Food movement started in Italy. Traditionally, a lot of the more time-consuming dishes would have been cooked by housewives while their husbands were out at work, … Continue reading Polpette biscotte al finocchio: fennel meatballs (recipe)

Polpettone alla Madera: Tuscan meatloaf (recipe)

This recipe is from Tuscany. Polpettone, aka meatloaf, is one of the dishes I remember my mother preparing as a child. She in turn, had been taught to make it by my real nonna, who I never met since she died before I was born. My mother's polpettone was delicious, roasted in the oven with … Continue reading Polpettone alla Madera: Tuscan meatloaf (recipe)

Finocchio gratinato: oven roasted fennel with parmigiano (recipe)

This recipe is from Tuscany. One of the things that surprises most English-speaking tourists, when coming to Italy for the first time, is that in restaurants main dishes don't come with vegetables. That's not to say that Italians don't eat vegetables with main dishes, but you have to order them separately. You find them on … Continue reading Finocchio gratinato: oven roasted fennel with parmigiano (recipe)

Quick guide to Italian ingredients: Finocchiona (fennel salami)

  Salami is one of the most famous of all Italian ingredients and forms part of antipasto platters and pizza toppings up and down the peninsula. Travelling around Italy however, once again, you notice that every region has its own variations and varieties. Perhaps the most famous Tuscan salami, and certainly my favourite, is finocchiona, … Continue reading Quick guide to Italian ingredients: Finocchiona (fennel salami)