orecchiette con cime di rapa

orecchiette are a traditional home made pasta …very popular in Puglia which is one of the italian region (in the south)

They are simply made  with semolina flour ( hard wheat flour) lukewarm water and salt.

I can’t explain how you can give it the traditional shape…you have to watch it, so I suggest to look for a video on you tube ..even tough it is in italian doesn’t matter beacause all you need to do is to watch the movemet….

I made a variation of the traditional recipe because I used half smolina and half whole wheat flour.

it was very tasty, not to mention that whole weat flour is helthier…

as topping I used turnip tops (cime di rapa)

procedures and ingridients

wash the cime di rapa and put in a bowl of boiling water, let it cook for 10 minutes

in the meantime put in a pan over low heat some extravirgin olive oil,  minced garlic,  hot peppers and 1 or 2 anchovy fillets, rinsed and minced.

once the cime are ready, add them to the pan.

in the boilong water (where you have cooked the cime) cook the orecchiette for 2 or 3 minutes

Then add the orecchiette to the pan, and 1 tbs of bread crumbs, mix well…. enjoy!


Another Carnival treat….

there are tounds of regional carnival recipe…most of them are deep fried…I don’t like frying….so I didn’t make it.

My Aunt Susy made those wonderful “castagnole” …she is such a great cook!

here is the recipes for you guys…


15 oz flour (oo type)

2.6 oz corn starch

4 oz butter

3.5 oz caster sugar

3 eggs

0.2 oz baking powder


Mix separately th dry and the wet ingridients.

Than mix togheter and knead until smooth

make it rest  for half hour

then form little ball from the dough and deep fry

cover with caster sugar

mediterranean style Gilthead bream fillets

Fish is so good and so healthy we all should eat it more often.

I like just fresh fish but I don’t have time to go to the fish market everyday ….So I usually eat it only  once at week, twice if I’m lucky.

Today was one of the lucky days… This recipe is sooooo easy, healthy end fast that everyone loves it.

For 2 people:

Chop very finely half gold onion and let it sautèe with 1 tsp of extravirgin olive oil.

Cut 5 cherry tomatoes in half and add to the pan, after a minute or two add some brandy and let it evaporates (that will help to caramelized the onions and the tomatoes)

Add the fish fillet and 3 or 4 tpsb of water.

Add the mix herbs ( fennel seeds, thyme, garlic powder, ground rosemary)

Cover and let it cook for not more then 10 minutes.

Once is ready add some fresh chopped basil, salt, pepper.




Where’s the missing half?

I was in a bad mood today  so I absolutely needed to bake something!

Few days agò I found out this amazing recipe from here and since then I could’t stop thinking about it.

but today, well…I didn’t had the ingridient home and I couldn’t wait to bake, so I readapt the recipe according to what I had into the fridge.

I made basic Nigella muffin recipe (it never dissapoint me)

Once I spooned into the prepared muffin cases, I add 1 tsp of wildberries jam directly on the top of each muffin.

Then I sprinkled on  the topping which I made with:

1 oz melted butter, 4 tsp brown sugar, lemon zest.

Mix togheter and slowly add flour until it looks like crumble (use your finger).

Cook for 20 minutes at 390 F°



I was really satisfied 😉