Spaghetti alla Puttanesca

“Puttanesca” means, well, in the “style of persons exercising the oldest profession of the world”.

Given this juicy history there are many stories as to the origin of this well known pasta dish from Napoli. Suffice to say it is a very tasty dish, easy on your pocket – a delightful variation of the traditional Spaghetti alla Pomodore.

White Beans with Cotechino Sausage

Fagioli con Cotechino, a hearty dish from the Emilia-Romagna region in Northern Italy. Cotechino, also spelled Cotecchino, is a fresh pork sausage. It’s made from lean pork and cooked pork skins, the “cotene”, which gives it its name. It is spiced with cloves, cinnamon and garlic. You find it also in Bollito Misto, that classic Northern Italian dish of mixed boiled meats.

Pollo (Chicken) Tonnato

A Piedmontese Christmas tradition with veal, called Vitello Tonnato, is equally good with chicken. Tonnato from the Italian word ‘tonno’, means ‘made with tuna’.

Quickly prepared with the bonus of advance preparation. Great for summer parties. A crusty bread to mop up the sauce and a glass of wine is all you need.

Tellines (Wedge Clams) à la Persillade

Tellines are triangular shaped clams. They are called wedge clams and are found on both sides of the Atlantic as well as the Mediterranean Sea. They are small but very tasty. Harvesting these prized clams is labour intensive. In season, they are a specialty in the seaside restaurants and markets in the Provence, where customers eagerly await to obtain these tasty delights. To prepare them is incredibly easy. Do not attempt to add anything else. The “jus de mer” in their shells will give you the final “WOW”.

Tagliatelle with Roasted Artichokes and Prosciutto

Tagliatelli Paglia e Fieno con Carcioffi arrostiti e Prosciutto, a classic Italian pasta dish. ‘Paglia’ means ‘Straw’ and ‘Fieno’ means ‘Hay’ – the yellow pasta and the green pasta made by adding blended spinach to the pasta dough. Easy to prepare and always welcome at the dinner table.

Squid Salad (Greek Calamari Salad)

This colorful salad just tastes as good as it looks, it’s called Kalamarakia Salata in Greece. Squid is a much prized delicacy in all Mediterranean countries. Once you know how to prepare it: a real delight!