Buon appetito in 120 minutes #2

Today I would like to share with you my second menu to cook in on a week night in a couple of hours after work. This menu includes seasonal recipes that are more suited for this winter season. APERITIVO: – Filled mushroom heads PRIMO: – Mushroom lasagne SECONDO: – One- pot roast chicken – Brussels sprouts  CHEESE…

It’s soup weather!

Winter is giving us his coldest days, sugarcoating the whole city with snow, so I have slowly fallen into hibernation, a wonderful state which requires two main ingredients to be fully enjoyed, alone as well as with good company: a thick blanket and comfort food! I would like to welcome you into my hibernation cave and…

Il tempo delle mele (cotogne)

“Il tempo delle mele”, literally “the time of apples”, is the Italian title given to the 1980 French comedy film directed by Claude Pinoteau and starring Sophie Marceau, making her debut in cinemas. I recently discovered that the French title of the movie is “La Boum”, which is the party of the year, that the French teenager…

Buon appetito in 120 minutes #1

This is the first of a series of posts where I will share some of the menus that I like to cook with my husband for our friends, in a couple of after-work hours. In order to make my life easier, usually, I set up the table the night before, so that when we get…

Round zucchini filled with risotto

My dear readers, I am so sorry about the very long silence! In the past month I have been busy studying and I recently graduated, so I hope this is a valid excuse for having neglected my blog. I am now spending some at the seaside, enjoying the summer, relaxing…and of course cooking! Tonight I…

A rainy weekend just for cooking

A few weeks ago, when I realized we would have had a rainy weekend ahead of us in Milan, I thought it would have been the right occasion to try some of those recipes that I had been wanting to cook for a while. My mum gave me a fantastic book for Christmas a few…

Happy picnic – April 25

Today, April 25, is Liberation Day in Italy. On this day we remember Italians who fought against the Nazis and Mussolini’s troops during World War II, honoring those who served in the Italian Resistance in particular. I decided to celebrate this special occasion and take advantage of the beautiful weather having a picnic with my…

Cured sausage, pistachio and prune cake – Rachel Khoo

Here I am writing again about a recipe from Rachel Khoo’s Little Paris Kitchen. Today it is a rustic savory cake from the “picnic” session – so this will come in handy for the spring season that is finally starting! It is extremely easy and quick to make. It is not only a perfect picnic…

Rachel Khoo’s Madeleines à la crème au citron

Treat yourself and your friends to warm up these wintery days! Some days ago I invited my friend MC and organised an afternoon tea for two. Do you remember my post about Rachel Khoo’s  successful TV series and book “The Little Paris Kitchen”? I bought her book on one of my trips to London. After…

Roast quail – Comfort food for a rainy day

Tonight I want to share a recipe with you. It’s real comfort food, perfect for a rainy Sunday – just like the one we had in Milan today. This dish breaks the traditional Italian rule of having a “primo” (e.g.pasta, rice or soup) and a “secondo” (e.g. meat, fish, vegetables, cheese). The best way to…

A treat from a Calabrian friend in Milan

Last week, I went for dinner at my friend SS. He is from Calabria originally and happened to have just come back from home with some local food – he was so kind to organise a dinner to let us try it! As starters, we had bread with olive tapenade (a spread consisting of puréed…

Rachel Khoo on a Sunday evening

It’s Sunday evening. Fall is approaching, it’s starting to get chilly outside and many of you probably just want to lazily stay indoors relaxing. If you are looking for something to do, here is some entertainment for you. Rachel Khoo was born in South London to a Chinese/Malaysian father and an Austrian mother. She is…