Risotto with Sausage and Tomato

Risotto is one of those comfort dishes that is delicious at any time of year. Using a quality risotto rice will make your risotto creamy while maintaining the integrity of the individual grains of rice, keeping them pleasingly al dente. Also, a homemade chicken or vegetable stock will give your risotto a lift too, as will the addition of a good dry white wine and … Continue reading Risotto with Sausage and Tomato

Parsley Salad

Parsley is not just a garnish to food.  It has been consumed both medicinally and used in cuisine around the world. Parsley is very nutritious and has many health benefits. Parsley is an excellent source of vitamin K and Vitamin C as well as a good source of vitamin A, folate and iron. Parsley’s volatile oil components include myristicin, limonene, eugenol and alpha-thujene. Its flavonoids … Continue reading Parsley Salad

Polpettine Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

Sugo di Polpettine alla Teramana is a classic sauce from the Abbruzzo region of Italy. Traditionally the sauce of tiny meatballs is served over home made chittara pasta. I thought I would try to make the meatballs and sauce in the traditional way but to use it in variety of other dishes. These delicious tiny meatballs in a rich tomato sauce are perfect for any … Continue reading Polpettine Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

A Mediterranean Lunch

Today I will set out a quick and easy to prepare, tasty and delicious Mediterranean style lunch of Koftas with grilled zucchini salad. It is accompanied with a salad of mixed baby heirloom plum tomatoes and cucumber, roasted banana chillies, kalamata olives, feta cheese and Baba Ganoush dip. This is traditionally served with fresh rocket leaves, pita bread and wedges of lemon. Allowing the Koftas … Continue reading A Mediterranean Lunch

Pearl Onions in Tomato Balsamic Sauce

Pearl onions cooked in tomato sauce make a great side dish for any meal and are even delicious as a cold salad.  The combination of brown sugar, white balsamic vinegar and capers give the onions a lovely sweet and sour taste and the grape tomatoes make the sauce really flavourful and rich. Pearl Onions in Tomato Balsamic Sauce Ingredients: 500 g pearl onions 2 Tblsp … Continue reading Pearl Onions in Tomato Balsamic Sauce

Nonna’s Pork Ribs in Rich Tomato Sauce

This is a classic Italian dish of pork ribs cooked in a rich tomato sauce. In Italy this popular recipe is Costine di maiale in umido. The ribs are cooked slowly in the sauce until they are so tender that the meat falls off the bone and the tasty tomato sauce is thick and delicious. This rustic dish is served with polenta or mashed potato but can also … Continue reading Nonna’s Pork Ribs in Rich Tomato Sauce

Green Beans in Tomato Sauce with Rice

Beans are in season and I am harvesting some every day. I have also been making oven roasted tomato sauce with the last of summer’s tomatoes.  A great way of using the beans is to cook them in tomato sauce. This recipe is popular throughout the Mediterranean and you can make a little fresh tomato sauce or use some that you have prepared ahead. Served … Continue reading Green Beans in Tomato Sauce with Rice

Italian Polpette in Tomato Sauce

Polpette are tender small Italian meatballs that are cooked in a rich tomato sauce. In Italy they are eaten as a second course with potatoes or vegetables or even rice or polenta. Around the world polpette are eaten with pasta and this makes a lovely and satisfying complete meal when served with a fresh green garden salad. Polpette are also good for lunch, in a … Continue reading Italian Polpette in Tomato Sauce

Eggplant, Tomato and Onion Tart

Summer is over and we are finishing the last eggplants and cherry tomatoes of the season. This tart combines these two main ingredients along with caramelised onions and a touch of roasted capsicum and parmesan cheese to make a tasty savoury tart for lunch. Eggplant, Tomato and Onion Tart   Ingredients: Tart Filling: 5-6 Long eggplants 500g cherry tomatoes 1 large onion, sliced thinly 1 … Continue reading Eggplant, Tomato and Onion Tart