Parsnip and apple creamy soup

parsnip  and apple creamy soup

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The first time I had to deal with a parsnip, I imagined holding just an anemic big carrot in my hands. Of course, I was wrong, parsnips are parsnips; carrots are carrots, even if they look very similar. It seems the “brave” parsnips love the winter temperatures, so this explains why they are found almost everywhere in Quebec during our well known cold winter. Parsnips by the way are a good source of potassium and folic acid. Continue reading

Cauliflower and amaranth creamy soup

crème d'amarrant et chou-fleur

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Archived the colours and the lights of Christmas; it takes a lot of strength and happiness to face the worst months of the winter, with its terrible temperatures and its several inches of snow. I’ve tried to find innovative dishes, using for the very first time the amaranth. Continue reading

Canederli (Knödel) with smoked ham

canederli au jambon fumé

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There are two things that are not negotiable in my family during Christmas days: the broth and the raffle. No matter how old you are, if you are tired or not, you are morally obliged to eat at least 2 tablespoons of broth and play one turn at the raffle. We eat broth in a different way, with a different kind of pasta. Continue reading

Butternut squash soup with coconut milk and caramelized onions

butternut squash and coconut milk soup

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Tell me, how many times did you promise yourself that it would have been the last time you eat food served on airplanes? I do it all the time. And also, how many times have you resisted eating something? It never happens to me. The funny thing is that I often eat at the airport, convinced that I will refuse the food that will be offered me, but in reality I always point my nose when the food cart is around, and I unavoidable find my self answering to the fateful question: “Chicken or pasta? ” . Continue reading

Watermelon gazpacho et paneer

watermelon gazpacho

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Walking around the market during the beautiful summer mornings means going home with a great amount of fruits and vegetables, sometimes even with flowers, sometimes with plants (and please note that I have a very small balcony!). A couple of days ago I went overboard and I came back home with a big watermelon. Continue reading

Cold nettle soup with Greek yoghurt

 

Cold nettle soup

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Just to make it clear: this is the first time I’ve cooked nettle. The memories of the itches on my legs, even after several years, are still there. But finally my curiosity won over the “bad itching memories”, and so I went home with a lot of organic nettle. I wish I had a mirror when I tasted the first spoon of this soup. Continue reading

Pea and ginger cream with ricotta and saffron

pea and ginger soup with ricotta

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Christmas gifts always make me happy. They are even better when I‘m not expecting them. Especially when we talk about fine food surprises, that fruit and saffron jams and pure saffron. Oh what a great surprise! When my dear friend Olivia came in the bar where we had an appointment with a small paper bag in her hands, I realized immediately that in that bag there was something that I would madly love. Olivia and his companion Guido (almost future husband), like in the fairy tales, left the big city for the countryside around Siena. Continue reading

Beet soup with feta and cumin

beet soup with feta and cumin

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Being a woman usually means that you can easily be seduced by a lot of things. Furthermore, if you are a woman who loves cooking, you probably will have problems not only in front of a shop window full of shoes or bags, but also at the supermarket. Whenever I have a few more minutes to spare and I’m in a good mood, I ‘m able to come home with a good number of ingredients because I fell in love just with their labels or colors. Continue reading

Bread cream with mozzarella di Bufala and mushrooms

bread cream

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Ok now that Valentine’s Day has passed, we can put away chocolate and heart molds and be focused on February again hoping that it will run away fast. But I have to keep my feet on the ground, in Montreal it’s still winter, and that’s why I can’t stop thinking about soups.  Today’s soup is the cream bread, I love it! It is a sweet memory of Florence and my mother, from whom I have inherited neither the genes nor the character, but surely the passion for cooking that keep us united, even if we are oceans apart. Continue reading

Spelt and white beans soup

Spelt and white bean soup

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I noticed that the spelt is not really fashionable in Montreal, you can find a lot of grains everywhere but after more than a year living here, I’ve never seen spelt served in restaurants. That’s probably why when I went out with the purpose of buying it without knowing its name, neither in French nor in English , I started talking with a loud voice and moving my hands, exactly how everyone in the world would expect an Italian does. The poor girl who was serving me in the shop started to look at me like I was crazy (how can I blame her???) Continue reading