Here is one of my favourite dishes from Tuscany, the cookbook I shared with you on my blog. This recipe comes from the province of Lucca. This is such a wonderful soup to share with friends (this recipe will serve 6) – just add some Tuscan bread or ciabatta and...
Archive for category: Soups
While I am on the subject of lentils, here is a recipe which I came across sometime ago, when I was looking for a red lentil dish to serve to vegetarians who were joining a group for dinner. It was a Middle Eastern/Mediterranean themed dinner and I was looking...
This is a soup which you really must try. If you are a lover of tapas, as I am, then this will really tickle you tastebuds, with the combination of chickpeas, chorizo and wonderfully sweet prawns, combined with garlic and chilli. There is not much more to be said...
I expect some people may have a bit of a double-take at this recipe as neither parsnips or Brussels spouts are up there on everyone’s favourite list, let alone mix them with apple and then produce a soup, but I can assure you this is delicious and one of...
This is a favourite soup of mine when I want to do something special. Peas and artichokes are a great combination and here when pureed with the garlic, leek and onion, the flavour is sublime. I like to use baby peas but any frozen peas will do. The fried...
This is a soup that just talks ‘Mediterranean’ to me: red vine-ripened tomatoes (preferably from my garden), juicy watermelon, and basil, toasted croutons and a sprinkling of crisp speck – just divine. So easy to make albeit that you do have to leave the prepared gazpacho to refrigerate overnight...
This is a soup which is just such a delicious bowl of ‘more please’. The meatballs made of pork and fennel sausage meat are just perfect here with the cannellini beans, tomatoes, chilli and of course, the cavolo nero. The herb combination really binds the key flavours together and...
I haven’t posted a recipe for a chilled soup before, but I do have several that I really do love preparing, and now that the sun has begun to warm me up, I have decided it is time to pull them out of the recipe file. Here is a...
Here is another of my favourite soups, just so flavoursome and just so Mediterranean. The combination of chorizo and the pipis is divine and the use of apple cider in this dish takes me back to Barcelona. The use of leek in place of onion provides a more subtle...
This is another of my favourite soups and when the carrots are sweet and in season, especially when I can pick them out of my garden, then the taste is even more delicious. This recipe uses buffalo-milk yoghurt which you can buy from speciality store, but Greek yoghurt works...
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My purpose is to get you to explore and experience new tastes and along the way to immerse yourself in the wonderful history of this diverse and wonderful region – from Venice to Istanbul, Rome to Dubrovnik, Athens to Crete and all places in between and in the surrounds. Be prepared to be surprised, delighted and enthralled as you take this trip with me.
- An ode to play – A painting by Pieter Bruegel
- The pelican fountain that becomes a fountain of wine….
- A Donatello head of Virgil’s horse, Palazzo Carafa, Naples
- Codex Gigas or The Bible written by the Devil!!
- A lock in Milan designed by Leonardo da Vinci
- Who was the Marquis of Pombal?
- The curious sculpture of Ancient Rome’s “Man of the Forests” – Venice
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