Little beef rolls

This is a very easy recipe to give to the usual beef a different taste. I bought a nice piece of meat and cut it in thin slices. On top of each slice I put a slice of cheese, a thin slice of bacon and a leaf of sage, then I rolled each piece and fixed it with tooth sticks. I fried the rolls in a pan with little oil adding fresh grounded white pepper and some white wine. It just took a few minutes for them to get ready before I served them with a tasty glass of chianti.

Little beef rolls

Little beef rolls

Tempura

Today I made my friends very happy by preparing for them a huge plate of fish and vegetable tempura. I started preparing the light batter by mixing flour and water, and then leaving it in the fridge to maintain a cold temperature – this is the secret of the tempura. I then sliced different vegetables such as courgettes, paprika pepper, broccoli, orange peppers and onions which I then one by one dipped in the batter and deep fried in oil. I did the same procedure with squid rings, but you can use any kind of vegetables or sea food. We enjoyed it with sticky soy sauce and some cold beer.

Tempura

Tempura

August

Hi guys, as you may have noticed over the last couple of weeks, I am posting less than usual. It’s August, this means that most of you are on holiday, so for all of this month I will help you to survive posting just a recipe a week. But don’t worry, from September more tasty recipes will come. Enjoy your holidays and I look forward to see you all back in September.

Gnocchi alla romana

This is a recipe that I am most certain you have never tried before. A typical specialty from the Italian traditional cuisine, the one that grandmothers used to do, with real genuine ingredients. It takes about 30 minutes to make. First you need to bring to boil some milk with little salt and then add the semolino and cook it for 10 minutes. When this is done you add grated parmesan cheese and an egg, and you lay it all on a cold surface. When it is cold you cut it in several discs and place them in a baking pan adding on top grated Parmesan cheese and Gruyère cheese and a bit of pepper, before shoving the pan in the oven for 10 minutes.

Gnocchi alla romana

Gnocchi alla romana

Gnocchi alla romana

Onions & bacon focaccia

On some days one is running late and it is too late to go to the market. Today it was one of those days and so I prepared something quick with what I had at hand. I did some dough with flour and water to make focaccia. I displayed the dough on a layer of baking paper and I covered it with onions, bacon and rosemary. After 15 minutes in the oven it was ready to be eaten with a good beer. This is a good recipe that is also nice to serve as a starter to your guests.

Onions & bacon focaccia

Onions & bacon focaccia

Onions & bacon focaccia

Onions & bacon focaccia

Chicken rolls with rucola salad

Here something to spice up your day just by using a little bit of creativity! I sliced a chicken breast in various fillets and on each I placed a slice of bacon and a slice of cheese. I then rolled every fillet fixing it with a tooth stick. When all the rolls were done I put them in a backing pan with some white wine, fresh grounded pepper and little salt, and then up in the oven for about half an hour. When the chicken fillets were ready I sliced them and topped each slice with a small piece of bacon and a small piece of cheese before putting them again for a couple of minutes in the oven for the cheese to melt properly. I served with a tasty rucola salad dressed with boiled potatoes, shrimps, and white beans. At last I sprinkled on top some black pepper and olive oil.

Chicken rolls with rucola salad

Chicken rolls with rucola salad

Minced meat with polenta omelettes

It has been a long time since I last cooked this recipe, so I thought now would be a good time to eat it again. I simply fried together in a pan with oil and garlic, some minced meat with onion, breadcrumbs, raisins and almonds. For extra flavour I added rosemary leaves and salt. On the side I prepared very simple polenta omelettes that I served together with the meat. Very tasty!

Minced meat with polenta omelettes

Minced meat with polenta omelettes