Lemon and Pepper Sautéed Clams

Lemon and Pepper Sautéed Clams

Summer mood on!

A delicious recipe I cannot forget is this following Lemon and Pepper Sautéed Clams.

Two years ago I spent some summer days in the Marina di Ugento area – South Italy – Puglia.

Here, the beaches, overlooking the Ionian Sea and protected by dunes of white sand with very fine grains and a lush pine forest, are among the most suggestive of the entire coast. The sea is clean and crystalline, characterized by different and rare shades of blue.

As in all part of Puglia the food was flavourful, a lot of fish, fresh veggies and fruit, diary cheeses and more…

In the small village of Torre Suda in a cozy cliff-side restaurant with a wonderful location and a sea view, I ate an appetizing and unusual version (….at least for me :-)) of sautéed clams. I only season clams with a few tomatoes, parsley and garlic; the one I ate at this restaurant was made with lemon juice and zest with a finishing touch of freshly grounded black pepper.

In the following recipe, that I got from the chef himself, I accompanied the dish with some grilled slides of bread. More Apulian recipes in this link.

🍷 Marinella🍴

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Fragrant and Quick Lemon Granita

Quick and Fragrant Lemon Granita from Sicily

Get ready for a hot summer with this fresh and thirst quenching Lemon Granita. The sugar and the ice cubes are staple ingredients, so the only thing you have to do is to get the best lemons you can. We obviously suggest the Sorrento or sicilian lemons, but for those of you living out of Italy, any kind of super juicy lemons will work perfectly.

🍷 Francesca & Marinella🍴

Quick and Fragrant Lemon Granita -
Quick Lemon Granita
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Classic Sicilian Pasta alla Norma

With this week’s recipe we are going back to Sicily and to its Ricotta! Pasta alla Norma is one of those recipes that every Italian, but not only, should learn to prepare, no matter if one is from the south or north of Italy.

This incredibly satisfying pasta is made with deep fried eggplant (which makes this dish super luscious ;-)), fresh tomato sauce, basil leaves and the final touch of ricotta salata cheese.

Just to satisfy your and our curiosity we conducted a quick research about the name of this recipe. Pasta alla Norma comes from Catania, a city sitting at the foot of Mt. Etna on the eastern coast of Sicily. It was the hometown of Vincenzo Bellini, an Italian opera composer, well known for one of his most famous operas, Norma, the lead character of the opera.

Nino Martoglio, a famous playwright from Catania, upon tasting the dish, exclaimed, “Chista è ‘na vera Norma!” (Sicilian dialect), comparing the dish to the masterpiece of Vincenzo Bellini. That was a great compliment for the chef who made it!

🍷 Francesca & Marinella🍴

Pasta alla Norma from Sicily

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How to Create your Natural Yeast

It’s finally time to introduce my fifth family member…my newborn natural yeast. After many daunting attempts, I found the recipe suited for the tropical temperature of Singapore. After one month, at my latest try, as if by magic, I saw the mixture rising and giving me fabulous bubbles as the sign of life and hope. I shouldn’t believe that this is a miracle of nature being a biologist, but yet it always amazes me when I perform experiments in my kitchen that involve biology or chemistry.

Vanda Miss Joaquim 💜 Flower

I was told that my natural yeast should be given a name…so, I introduce you to Vanda Miss Joaquim 💜 (this name is taken from the national flower of Singapore).

🍷 Francesca🍴

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MalloreddusGnocchetti Sardi from Sardinia with Tomato Sauce

Gnocchetti Sardi with Tomato Sauce

Based on the last announcements, it seems that Italy will open up to visitors this summer.. If you are planning to spend the holiday in the beautiful Sardinia region, don’t miss the chance to taste its regional pasta called Malloreddus, or gnocchetti sardi.

We won’t unfortunately spend the summer in Italy this year, so we prepared the Malloreddus at home, pretending to be on a white sandy beach overlooking the fabulous limpid turquoise waters of Sardinia.

We want to thank Benedetta and Valeria from Local Aromas for sharing their recipe with us. If you want to get to know these nice sisters, read the interview here.

🍷 Francesca🍴

Gnocchetti Sardi in the Making

Malloreddus – Gnocchetti Sardi

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Bundt Cake – an Italian Ciambella

Bundt Cake - an Italian Ciambella.

This Ciambella Cake means a lot to us … some years ago, our Food-Blog journey started by baking this Bundt Cake. 

I (Francesca) fondly remember that I baked it early in the morning, as at 9:00 I had to be at Marinella’s house in Gentofte to decorate it together, waiting for Giulia to come. She was our trusted photographer when we all were living in Copenhagen. Those were the days! I still remember the excitement we all had, knowing that Giulia’s pictures of our first recipe would have marked the beginning of our fantastic adventure in the world of food blogging.

🍷 Francesca & Marinella🍴

Bundt Cake - an Italian Ciambella. 
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Flavoured Spaghetti Pasta with Lemon and Chilli Flakes: A Quick Improvised Dish

Spaghetti with Lemon and Chilli Flakes:

Sometimes we happen to improvise a recipe by using just a few basic ingredients. This Pasta is one of these, which sees the lemon as the main ingredient, to create a zesty and fresh dish great for the upcoming summer. At the end we added some chilli flakes to this lemony pasta, and it won’t disappoint!

Thanks to our dear friend Danila for sharing this amazing recipe with us.

🍷 Francesca & Marinella🍴

Flavoured Spaghetti Pasta with Lemon and Chilli Flakes: A Quick Improvised Dish
Spaghetti with Lemon and Chilli Flakes:

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