When in Italy

Last week, I was in Italy, that is why I have not been very active. But I ate loads of good food and came back with ideas for good recipes! I give in this article two pasta recipes that we made.

Rome, eternal city

Rome, eternal city

But you do not only eat pasta and pizza in Italy (even though you still eat some!). I was first in Rome where I tried some nice meat dishes and antipasti: grilled vegetables, meatballs, carpaccio, prosciutto, etc. I also had a lot of ice cream!

The second part of the journey was in the south in Basilicata, where I tried a selection of nice antipasti: grilled vegetables, cheese, sausage, dried stuffed pepper, omelets, potatoes and fish stew, etc. They also have delicious meat.

And of course, a lot of wine to get along with all this yummy food, and then some liquors: Amaro or Limoncello.

 

Pasta and Zucchini

This one we made one evening and we all loved it! It is super simple.

Preparation: 15 minutes
Cooking: 15 minutes
Servings: 4
Level: Super easy
Cost: Cheap

Equipment: pots

Ingredients:
– 2 courgettes
– 1 shallot
– 400 g pasta
– olive oil
– Ricotta
(we used ricotta dura and grated it, but it is certaily good with soft ricotta or parmesan)

Peel and chop the shallot. Fry in an oiled pot.
Peel and cut the courgette and add it in the pot. Cover and let cook at low heat for 15 min. (you can add a bit of water to avoid burning)

In an other pot, bring salted water to the boil and cook the pasta. Drain and put back in the pot. Add the courgettes, olive oil and the cheese. Stir and serve immediately!

Pasta and Tomato sauce

This one was made one evening by one of my friends who is Italian

Preparation: 10 minutes
Cooking: 20 minutes
Servings: 4
Level: Super easy
Cost: Cheap

Equipment: pots

Ingredients:
– 1 can of peeled tomatoes
– 3 shallots
– 400 g pasta
– olive oil
– white wine (about 10 cL)

Peel and chop the shallot. Fry 3 minutes in an oiled pot.
Then add white wine and tomatoes and a glass of water. Put at medium heat and let reduce (for about 15-20 minutes).

In an other pot, bring salted water to the boil and cook the pasta. Drain and put back in the pot. Add the sauce. Season with salt, pepper. Stir and serve immediately! You can add grated cheese on top!

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Borough Market, London

Hello my dear readers! I am back after a final and intensive week of masters thesis writing! To make a change, this post is not a recipe (but don’t worry it is still related to food!). I would like to present a place I like a lot in London. It is Borough Market, an amazing food market on the south bank, near London Bridge.

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You can find there any fresh product: fruits, meat, fish, cheese, etc from different countries or regions. Also, you can also buy streetfood. And there is a lot of variety (even vegetarian are catered for)! There are also restaurants and coffee shops all aroud the market. It is open every weekday for lunch and full market is from Wednesday to Saturday. It is usually quite crowded at lunchtime and in the week-end, espacially now that it is sunny, people just come there to buy lunch. I really love to go to buy lunch, fresh fruits, cakes or just to walk around and enjoy the colors and animation of the market!
With summer coming and all it’s new colors and flavours, now is exactly the right time to go get a bite for lunch and eat it in the park next to Southwark cathedral or by the river.

By the way if you have the occasion to visit Southwark cathedral, I really recommand it. Entry is free (but you are encouraged to make a donation) and it is mind-blowing. When I went, I was there during the rehearsal of the choir so it was beautiful with the music!

For more information about Borough Market: boroughmarket.org.uk