Starters, snacks and party food

Erbazzone – Spinach and pancetta savoury pie

Erbazzone – Spinach and pancetta savoury pie

Erbazzone is a savoury pie filled with either spinach or chard, which have been sautéed with bacon and shallots. This recipe is typical of the Emilia Romagna region, and specifically of Reggio Emilia, where my dad was born. He used to talk about this dish […]

Panini al latte ripieni – Milk buns with Parma ham and cooked ham

Panini al latte ripieni – Milk buns with Parma ham and cooked ham

This recipe comes straight from the “nostalgia” drawer: milk buns stuffed with Parma ham and cooked ham. When I was a kid this was a regular feature of the food buffet of birthday parties, along with crisps and bottles of Coke, Fanta and Sprite. Over […]

Focaccia al formaggio – Ligurian style flatbread filled with soft stracchino cheese

Focaccia al formaggio – Ligurian style flatbread filled with soft stracchino cheese

Focaccia al formaggio, or focaccia di Recco, is another Ligurian dish that once tried it’s impossible not to fall in love with. It’s made of two super-thin see-through layers of dough with chunks of soft cheese in the middle and a generous drizzle of extra […]

Roasted bell peppers marinated with vinegar, garlic, basil and extra virgin olive oil

Roasted bell peppers marinated with vinegar, garlic, basil and extra virgin olive oil

Today’s recipe is a long time favourite of my family, however its origins are somewhat foggy. Peppers are widely used in the cuisine of Emilia Romagna, where my family has its roots. Nevertheless, this particular recipe relies on several ingredients that have a strong Mediterranean […]

A quick and healthy meal: Bresaola with parmesan shavings and cherry tomatoes

A quick and healthy meal: Bresaola with parmesan shavings and cherry tomatoes

Picture this: It’s Friday. It’s been a long week at work, and all you want is to finally relax. But no, there’s one more thing to do: prepare dinner! That’s probably the last thing you want to do, so the first thing that come to […]