The wonderful Italian providore nearby has ensured that I use more Italian cheeses in the kitchen. It is good to have a quality supply of Parmesan, Pecorino and Provolone for grating and also ones for eating. As well as these classics they stock other Italian cheeses which we are exploring.
Because of this shop we are including more Parmesan and Pecorino in our day to day eating – from munching slivers for supper to including in our dishes. Today, this simple salad we came across in Bittman’s 101 Salads, is a cracker.
Are you looking for Mushroom Salads? Try Mushroom and Carrot Salad with Mung Sprouts and Ginger Vinaigrette. Or try these Mushroom Dishes: The Perfect Shitake Mushroom Sauce, Mushroom Curry with a Yoghurt Tomato Sauce, and Mushrooms for Toast.
Or are you looking for Mushroom dishes? Try Pearl Mushrooms with Thyme, Henri Toulouse-Lautrec’s Slow Cooked Creamy Mushrooms, Mushroom Risotto and the Perfect Mushroom Sauce.
You might like to explore our Mushroom Salads here, and all of our Salads here. Other Mushroom dishes are here. Or simply browse our Late Summer dishes.
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Risotto is such a comfort dish, packed with flavour. For us it is a Wintery night time dish that we love to eat in relaxed style with the fire going and the talk about family and life.
This risotto is creamy and beautiful, with heaps of cheese including some Gorgonzola. You know how you love that Four Cheese Pizza? You will love this Three Cheese Risotto. It really is white on white on white on white on white (onion, rice, milk, cheese, plate).
One thing that is a must read if you are cooking your first few risottos. How to Cook Risotto – it also explains which rices to use for the best results in making risotto.
Are you looking for other Risotto recipes? Try So Easy Tomato Risotto, Beetroot Risotto, Risotto with Mushrooms, Asparagus Risotto with Basil, and Caramelised Roasted Pumpkin Risotto.
Or are you after Cheesey dishes? Try Cheese and Eggplant Torte, Mascarpone and Gorgonzola Torte, and Melted Cheesey Toast on the BBQ.
You can browse all of our Risottos, or all of our Italian dishes. Or explore all of our Late Autumn dishes.
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Perfect Saturday afternoon snack
How good these Parmesan Potatoes are! The saltiness of the cheese, the crispness from baking, and the freshness of the broad beans. It is a great snack indeed, or a first course, or an excellent side at a BBQ.
The potatoes are sliced thin and baked in a hot oven with parmesan cheese. It is very simple to make. The broad beans are quickly sautéed with garlic, and their texture goes so well with the potatoes.
Similar dishes include Batata Hara (Lebanese Roasted Potatoes), Potatoes and Cheddar Gratin, Potatoes Baked with Cumin and Tomatoes, and Perfect Roast Potatoes.
Have a look at the other Broad Bean recipes, and our other Potato dishes. Our snacks are here. Or simply explore our Late Spring recipes.
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We all love Parmesan sprinkled over baked dishes – that leathery melted sheet that results is chewy and yummy, the result of direct heat. But the complex flavours of parmesan are better preserved when, grated, it hits food still warm from the oven or stove. In fact, in Italian food, Parmesan is used widely but sparingly and rarely sees direct heat.
We use that practice with these gorgeously roasted Parsnips. It is Winter, and Winter = Parsnips. A simple dish to make but oh how very wonderful.
Are you after similar recipes? We have Roasted Parsnip Soup with Spices, and Mashed Parsnips with Olive Oil and Parmesan.
If you would like to browse all of our Parsnip recipes, they are here. Or take some time to explore our Mid Winter delights.
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Luxurious and nourishing, a Winter dish
Parsnips are a wonder in winter – slightly sweet, beautifully tender. Once Spring comes, parsnips become more woody and starchy and are less successful. Make this mash when parsnips are at their peak. It is deliciously indulgent and nourishing.
Try these other Parsnip recipes: Baked Parsnips with Parmesan.
Are you after other Mashes? Try Garlicky Mashed Potato, and Parsnip and Carrot Mash.
And try these Potato Mashes – English, French, and Indian.
Perhaps you might like to browse our Parsnip recipes, and all of our Mash recipes. Explore all of our easy Mid Winter recipes as well.
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Once I had a lovely older Italian man as a hairdresser. He was amazing. As we molded my hair into some shape and varied colour upon colour, we discussed cooking, fashion and food. Sometimes with a glass of champagne. He was very special and he gave me this great family polenta recipe.
Are you looking for Polenta recipes? Read about Polenta, then have a look at How to Cook Polenta and then try Onion and Chilli Polenta and Grilled Polenta.
Or are you looking for Italian recipes? Try White Bean Soup, Farinata with Onions and Tomatoes, and Roast Pumpkin Risotto.
Please browse all of our Polenta recipes here and here. Our Italian recipes can be explored here. Or simply visit our Early Spring recipes.
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Risotto is a wonderfully versatile Italian rice dish whose creaminess depends on the selection of the rice. The basics of cooking risotto are very very easy. Take rice. Add stock gradually. Stir for 20 minutes. Serve. Enjoy! Of course, there is slightly more to it than that.
Similar recipes include Beetroot Risotto, Parsnip Risotto with Rosemary, Caramelised Roast Pumpkin Risotto, Asparagus Risotto, Eggplant Risotto and Tomato Risotto.
All of the Risotto recipes are here and our Italian recipes here. And check out our easy Mid Spring recipes too.
This is a vegetarian recipe from our first blog which was in existence from 1995 – 2006. You can browse other recipes from this blog in our Retro Recipes series.
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