Category: Starters

Puntarelle alla Romana

Puntarelle alla Romana With Anchovies And Garlic

Puntarelle alla Romana is a classic Roman dish, Puntarelle are the shoots of the chicory cut very thin and seasoned with garlic and anchovies paste.  Jump to Recipe Puntarelle are not easy to find here in France but you can replace them with endives. I went to Ventimiglia market to buy them, and beside the puntarelle I found some other unusual Italian vegetables… Read more →

Blini Russian Pancake with Salmon

Blinis Russian Pancakes With Smoked Salmon

Next Tuesday is Pancake day, and instead of preparing pancakes with Maple Syrup, I am making Russian Pancakes with smoked salmon and homemade aioli, a mayonnaise flavoured with garlic. Jump to Recipe Russian pancakes are called Blinis and here in France you can find them already made at the Supermarkets in the seafood section. They are slightly thicker than pancakes and… Read more →

Italian Bruschetta virgin olive oil and garlic

The Original Italian Bruschetta

Every Italian Barbecue starts with an Italian Bruschetta : rustic bread cut in slices and toasted over the charcoal. If you want to know more about Bruschetta read the article: 4 Bruschette Toppings Using Virgin Olive Oil Also find  out more about Jamie’s Italian Buyer’s Guide To Olive Oil           For instructions on recipes template see… Read more →

Aubergine caviar

Aubergine Caviar

Aubergine caviar may sound sophisticated, however it is very simple to make. Jump to Recipe It is baked aubergine with plenty of garlic, thyme and olive oil. I have found many versions of this recipe with many more ingredients, but I prefer the simplicity of this version. I like to serve it as a dip for bruschetta, and if I… Read more →

the easiest and quickest homemade hummus

Easiest Homemade Hummus

This homemade hummus is my ‘magical fix’ when guests show up unexpectedly. Jump to Recipe I always have a can of chickpeas in the cupboard, some garlic and lemon. I mix all the ingredients together in a blender and within seconds the humus dip is made. I also keep a supply of baguette in the freezer for such occasions, however… Read more →