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Drawn in: Simple Italian Beans

Because you’re here, I’m assuming most of you are blog-readers, and you’ll understand this. You know when you find a new blog, start exploring the archives, then all of a sudden you look up and three hours have gone by? That happens to me occasionally, and not necessarily with “famous” blogs, those with flashy, expertly-designed pages, or even ones that deal with subject matter I’m particularly interested in. Sometimes, I just get drawn into someone’s life. Read more…

What the (house) doctor ordered: Sweet Potato Sformato

Lately, I’ve been feeling overwhelmed by the amount of “stuff” in my flat. If it’s not my teeny tiny closet, it’s our teeny tiny bookcase. If it’s not the teeny tiny bookcase (which is actually a good size; it just suffers from a plague of books), it’s my teeny tiny kitchen cupboards. While I’m normally pretty good about “editing” my life on a regular basis, sometimes it just all adds up, in what I can only assume is a concerted effort to drive me absolutely batty. Read more…

Restorative Rice: Tofu Rice Bowl with Italian Greens

I have eaten a lot of rice in my life. Growing up, it formed part of our dinner almost every night- not an exaggeration. Sure, we had noodles some of the time and potatoes more rarely, but more often than not, rice was the starch on our table. It wasn’t until much later that I realised this wasn’t everybody’s experience, that many of my friends thought of rice as something you ate in a Chinese restaurant, or that came inside your California roll. But my parents have always liked cooking from a range of world cuisines, so my youthful palate was as used to Chinese and Indian flavours as it was to Italian and North American. Read more…

Re-emerging: Almond Biscotti

Yes, it’s really me. I’ve been ignoring this space due to those twin drains on my time, work and school, but I’m still kicking. Unfortunately, my “foodie life” has been suffering somewhat. Meals over the last couple weeks have tended toward quick and easy, and baking has been thin on the ground. Thankfully, my end-of-term project was due yesterday, so hopefully the coming weeks will offer a little more blogging fodder. Read more…

In times of need: Ribollita

I was recently talking (er, emailing) with a friend back home about how November is second-worst month of the year. Top spot of course goes to January, the harbinger of seemingly-endless dreary weather and a depressing post-holiday funk. But November is right up there; the prettiness of early Autumn is gone, the rain is almost constant, and as my friend put it, “each day is colder and darker than the last”. Yup, that about sums it up. Read more…

Tips for tops: Fluffy Gnocchi

How do you feel about gnocchi? Unlike its close cousin pasta (which every sane person on the planet adores, and if you claim otherwise I simply won’t believe you), gnocchi tends to divide people. I can completely understand, having a love-hate relationship with the little Italian dumplings myself. A lot of it depends on the quality of gnocchi you’ve had; pillowy, light-as-air morsels will make you a lifelong convert, but dense hockey pucks hardly inspire fervent devotion. Read more…

Table for One: Tomato Sage Risotto

Tomato Sage Risotto

What do you eat, when you’re eating alone? Say your husband/boyfriend/roommate is out for the evening, and you’re settling in to dine solo. You’ve got your favourite embarrassing music on, or maybe you’re eating in front of the TV, watching that show you love that they just don’t get (my choice would be Gossip Girl or Ugly Betty, depending on the night). What’s on your plate? Read more…

Quick, easy, impressive: Broccoli & Cheddar Risotto

Broccoli & Cheddar Risotto

Risotto is one of my favourite things to make. Not only is it delicious and relatively foolproof, but it’s also improbably impressive. Announce to a group of friends that you’re making risotto for dinner and someone is bound to gaze at you in wide-eyed incredulity, regarding this as some kind of domestic tour de force. Read more…

Memories of cheesecake: Ricotta Tart with Chocolate Crust

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I don’t think I ever had cheesecake until I was a teenager. At least, I don’t remember having it before then. Growing up, dessert was a rare occurrence. My parents were fond of the classic “Why don’t you have a piece of fruit?” line. Well, a piece of fruit is all fine and well, but what I wanted as I child was dessert, and I hope you’ll forgive me the assertion that eating something after dinner doesn’t make it dessert. Read more…