Entries by Debby Manz

Rosemary and Garlic Focaccia

Italian Food and Flavours Rosemary and Garlic Focaccia The best thing about baking this bread is the aroma of rosemary and garlic which fills the kitchen. I use rosemary straight from my garden and at this time of year only the freshest new growth from the ends of the stems. Rosemary is so versatile and […]

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Lemon Cheesecake/ Torta al Limone

Italian Food and Flavours Torta al Limone Torta al Limone: As the temperatures begin to rise in Le Marche the potted lemon trees can be put outside. Down at the coast lemon trees grow quite happily in the ground but as we are in the hills we need to protect them from frost. Funny thing […]

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Crescia di Pasqua/ Le Marche Cheese Easter Bread

Italian Food and Flavours Crescia di Pasqua Crescia di Pasqua. This typical Le Marche Easter bread is actually so rich that it is more like a cake – a huge cheese filled and rather moreish cake that when baking fills the kitchen with a lovely aroma. It is traditionally eaten at Easter, after the period […]

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Foraging For Wild Asparagus

    Italian Food and Flavours   Wild Asparagus     I admit I am a little addicted to foraging for wild asparagus. As soon as I spot a purply-green shoot thrusting itself up between the undergrowth I can’t resist donning a thick pair of gloves, as the rest of the plant is spiky, and […]

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Ruccola and Walnut Pesto

Italian Food and Flavours Ruccola and walnut pesto Ruccola and walnut pesto. Whether you call it ruccola, rocket or arrugula this salad leaf turns up often in Le Marche cuisine. As a salad ingredient, a pizza topping or one of my favourites, chopped and scattered on top of Tagliata. Apparently, ruccola was believed by classical […]

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Frittata with Purple Sprouting Broccoli and Spinach

Italian Food and Flavours Frittata with Purple Sprouting Broccoli and Spinach    A frittata or omelette makes a super speedy and nutritious lunch or supper dish, especially when you add some healthy veggies such as broccoli and spinach. At this time of year in Italian Ortos the purple sprouting broccoli is ready to pick.  Broccoli […]

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