Category: Savour the Flavour

Spinach and ricotta cannelloni recipe 9

Spinach and Ricotta Cannelloni – An Easy Dinner Idea

Italian Is Always Best! Cannelloni are in essence pasta tubes filled with ricotta and spinach or cooked mince meats. Even if Italy’s history of pasta goes back to the 4th century BC, to the Etruscans times, cannelloni seem to be a bit younger, their origin traced somewhere in the 8th century CE. There are mentions of this dish in Toscana and Campania around the same time, even if there is some distance between the two regions. Today, all supermarkets sell packs of dry tubes, and this saves time in cooking cannelloni. Nevertheless, the Italians praise themselves for making fresh pasta...

Mum's apple cake filled with nuts 6

Mom’s Apple Cake: The Best ‘Welcome Home’ Delight!

A Symphony of Scents and Flavours Disclaimer: Know your allergies and adjust this recipe accordingly! My cruising job contracts were normally six months long. That meant a lot of exploring the ports of call or floating at sea in between destination.  Of course, that involved some office work (the small Shore Excursions department onboard usually made either the first or the second-largest profit per cruise after the Casino). It also meant an early morning start to dispatch the tours and send the passengers to see the wonders they wanted to see on their cruise.  Most of the times, though, early...

Rosemary Pita bread recipe 5

Pita Bread. Bake The Fun And Easy Way!

The Side of All Greek Appetisers and Mains There is no more straightforward recipe to bake nor yummier than pita bread! With origins going back to the first farming settlements in the Middle East, pita can be considered a prehistoric type of bread.  Our ancestors used to bake this flatbread directly on the fire. Later, the stone ovens came in use. Today, we bake in the oven or fry it in little oil, depending on how much time and effort we want to put in preparation. In time, the method has changed, as has the name. Apparently, as its use...

Greek moussaka 6

How to Make Greek Moussaka the Easy Way

A Greek Dish With International Influences Greek moussaka is a must-have dish if you travel to Greece, just as it is proper to try Greek coffee. The flavours are unique! As you sit on a tavern terrace and (preferably) enjoy a fabulous sea view, remember that the stress is on the last syllable when you ask the waiter for moussaka. Original from the Levant and updated by the adding of a posh French sauce, moussaka is today known as a Greek dish, cooked with variations in most of south-eastern Mediterranean and not only. Romanians and Bulgarian also love it.  My...

Greek Salad with Feta Cheese 7

Greek Salad: Healthy, Nutritious and Easy to Make

A Gastronomic Tribute to Homer’s Mythical Heroes and Feta Cheese It is impossible to visit any part of Greece without eating at least one Greek Salad. I’ve had my fill almost everywhere, but I liked it better in Santorini. Not because the recipe was any different, but because the company was excellent!  I was spending one afternoon idling around the streets of Santorini with then my boyfriend Hotass (not his real name, just a nickname he acquired on a funny occurrence!) In the evening, we stopped at a tavern for dinner, while admiring a fabulous Mediterranean sunset over the Santorini Caldera....

Italian Ciabatta Bread 6

Make the Best Italian Ciabatta

Our Daily Bread from the Eighties Bread might be one of the oldest foods created by humans, but people will always invent new varieties, especially if they are French or Italians. It is the case of ciabatta, our daily loaf from the eighties, which at nearly fifty is one of the youngest assortments of bread that found worldwide fame in just a few years from being invented.  How has the delicious slipper-shaped bread with a smooth, crisp crust and porous, slightly humid interior come to be? Is seems we owe it to the Italian rally pilot turned miller, Arnaldo Cavallari....

Tiramisu Italian Recipe 8

How to Make the Best Ever Tiramisù

A Finger-Licking Delicious Italian Dessert Disclaimer: If you are old enough to drink, you should always drink responsibly! A while ago, I came across this book: Every Day Is A Holiday, by George Mahood. The author, a family man, had an epiphany that people invented or created lots of holidays connected to something meaningful. The entire calendar, all 360 days of it, consists of something significant enough that deserves recognition. So, Mahood celebrated every day for a whole year. Anything is worth revelling, from Zombie Day on the first on January, to Oopsie Daisy Day, Awkward Moments Day, Work Naked Day, No...

Amalfi Coast Italy Spaghetti with clams Italian Pasta Recipe 13

Make the Best Spaghetti With Clams – Pasta All’Amalfitana

An Amalfi Coast Special Disclaimer: If you have a shellfish allergy, do not follow this recipe! But you can still enjoy reading the story! South of Naples, in the charming Campania region of Italy, there is a world-famous road called Amalfi Coast Drive. Stretching a little over thirty miles From Positano to Vietri Sul Mare, the magnificent Amalfi Coast is nothing but breathtaking scenery. The narrow road bends at various altitudes, from sea level to hundreds of metres up on cliffs. You get the feeling that you hover over the azure abys of the Tyrrhenian Sea, part of the broader...

Caprese Salad 4

Make A Quick And Easy Caprese Salad

Simple Is Beautiful and Delicious! As the name implies, this fresh, delicious and easy to make dish originates from the amazing island of Capri, the pearl of the Mediterranean. It might seem a humble dish, but it is one of Italy’s favourites. And we love it too! The Italians take pride in considering it a homage to their flag: green, white and red served on a plate. Caprese is ready in minutes and brings the unforgettable taste of a holiday in the sun. Just think of that insane blue sea, the elegant hotels, the cypress trees. Feel the fragrance of...

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