Herbs Recipes

Recipe: Vegetarian chili with herbs - September 01, 2014
Soups with spices and aromatic herbs
I like chili and I create often new recipes, like this one with yams instead of meat. When I harvested my Longbow leeks, some of them were thin with a big bulb: I used five of t...

(Ita) Ricetta: Acqua al cetriolo e menta - July 28, 2014


Recipe: Rocket and ricotta spaghetti - June 10, 2014
Pasta with aromatic herbs
Add a bunch of rocket to your pasta for a summer quick lunch. Rocket and ricotta spaghetti Ingredients Serves two: 140g spaghetti 100g ricotta 1 bunch rocket 200ml t...

Recipe: Asparagus quiche with sculpit - June 03, 2014
Savory pies and pizza with herbs
I'm growing sculpit (aka stridolo or silene) on my rooftop. We ate them raw in salads, added in omelettes, and in this quiche. Asparagus quiche with sculpit Ingredients 25...

(Ita) Ricetta: Frittelle di pane alle erbe aromatiche - March 27, 2014


(Ita) Ricetta: Tostadas al coriandolo - March 26, 2014


(Ita) Ricetta: Polenta con salsiccia alla maggiorana - February 28, 2014


Recipe: Maitre d'hotel butter - February 12, 2014
Sauces, dressings and dips with herbs
Maître d'hotel butter is aromatized with parsley and tarragon, and it should be served over hot steaks, so it can melt. I used my dryed tarragon from the last summer, and some f...

(Ita) Ricetta: Spaghetti con mimosa d'uova e prezzemolo - January 29, 2014


(Ita) Ricetta: Crepes con crema alla borragine - January 27, 2014


Recipe: Tex-mex soup with cilantro - January 25, 2014
Soups with aromatic herbs
I harvested a bunch of cilantro from my rooftop and added it to this tex-mex style recipe. It's a soup, but it can also be served as a dip. This summer I have grown some bell pe...

(Ita) Ricetta: Frittata di finocchietti - January 21, 2014


(Ita) Ricetta: Torta salata di barbabietole e coriandolo - January 14, 2014


(Ita) Ricetta: Salsa verde tedesca (Grüne Soße) - January 11, 2014


(Ita) Ricetta: Mousse di noci allo spumante e maggiorana - January 07, 2014


(Ita) Ricetta: Alberello di sfoglie alle erbe - January 05, 2014


(Ita) Ricetta: Pasta con cavolfiore, tonno e erbe aromatiche - December 16, 2013


(Ita) Ricetta: Alici al cartoccio alle erbe aromatiche - December 14, 2013


Homemade balm and mint yogurt - December 13, 2013
Dessert recipes with herbs
During summer I harvest lemon balm and mint, drying for my mint and balm tea mixture that I prepare every year. I used this mixture for some homemade yogurt, and we really enjoy...

(Ita) Ricetta: Gingersnap cookies (biscotti allo zenzero) - December 12, 2013


Recipe: Herrings canapes with chervil cheese - December 07, 2013
Appetizers with herbs
The chervil sown in September has grown. It is one of the fines herbes, delicate aromatic herbs, that should be used raw to preserve their aroma. I prepared cheese flavored with...

Recipe: Cheese toast with herbs guacamole - November 18, 2013
Sandwiches and bruschetta with herbs
I used my last basil and mint harvest, with other herbs, the last Diamond White peppers and the first avocado to prepare an aromatic guacamole. I used almost all the guacamole t...

Recipe: Potato salad with dill vinaigrette - November 09, 2013
Salads with aromatic herbs
With my first dill harvest of the season I seasoned a quick potato salad. You can use mayonnaise instead of yogurt for a stronger taste. Potato salad with dill vinaigrett...

(Ita) Ricetta: Pasta con stracciatella alle erbe aromatiche - November 07, 2013


Recipe: Pumpkin and apple soup with ginger - October 31, 2013
Soups with herbs and spices
We were really amazed by the rich taste of this pumpkin soup, without any cheese or cream, but only spices like turmeric and ginger, and a topping of chives and apple sticks. ...

(Ita) Ricetta: Miscela di fiori aromatici - October 30, 2013


(Ita) Ricetta: Pasta con sgombro e melanzane alla menta - October 24, 2013


Recipe: Carrot and basil savory muffins - October 20, 2013
Savory pastries with aromatic herbs
The basil from my rooftop is now exhausted, full of flowers and with only few, tiny leaves. I used one of the latest harvests of fresh basil leaves for this muffins with carrots...

Recipe: Leeks, Brie and aromatic herbs soup - October 16, 2013
Soups with aromatic herbs
For this soup I used my homemade mediterranean aromatic mixture, similar to italian seasoning, with rosemary, sage, marjoram, thyme, oregano, mint and several other herbs. I als...

(Ita) Preparare in casa lo yogurt alla lavanda - September 29, 2013


(Ita) Ricetta: Salsa tex-mex piccante - September 26, 2013


Recipe: Roasted vegetables chowder with basil - September 22, 2013
Soups with aromatic herbs
This spring I sowed some basil in my sunny rooftop rather than on the balcony, and with only three plants I harvested really a lot of fresh basil leaves. I have frozen a lot of ...

Recipe: Mediterranean Aromatic Mixture 2013 - September 18, 2013
Spices and aromatic herbs mixtures
Every year I harvest and dry herbs throughout the summer, and I prepare different aromatic blends. One that I can not do without is the mediterranean aromatic mixture, similar t...

Recipe: Creamy soup with gorgonzola and mint - September 10, 2013
Soups with aromatic herbs
I was worried about my horsemint, which produced very little during the summer, but now, with lower temperatures, it's full of tender leaves and new branches. I harvested a lot of...

(Ita) Ricetta: Pasta con crema di peperoni e basilico cannella - September 05, 2013


Recipe: Mint pesto bruschetta - September 04, 2013
Sandwiches and bruschetta with herbs
With a bunch of spearmint and horsemint leaves, basil and chives I prepared a refreshing summer pesto. I spread this pesto on bread slices, adding some tomatoes from my rooftop....

Recipe: 10 Herbs tea - September 01, 2013
Herbal and spiced teas
During the summer I harvested herbs for a new blend of tea, which I have called 10 herbs. Some of these, such as vervain, lemon bergamot and anise hyssop were grown to be used a...

Recipe: Peas salad with mint - August 29, 2013
Salads with aromatic herbs
This year I'm growing spearmint: it has the fresh aroma characteristic of all varieties of mint, delicate yet persistent, with no wild aftertaste. I used spearmint and basil for...

Recipe: Mint Hummus with aromatic herbs - August 27, 2013
Sauces, dressings and dips with herbs
It's the right time to use all mint and basil varieties to create new recipes, or to give a different touch to many recipes. I prepared this simple hummus recipe for a light din...

(Ita) Ricetta: Spaghetti con crema di tonno al basilico - August 02, 2013


Recipe: Almonds and tomatoes pesto - July 25, 2013
Sauces, dressings and dips with herbs
I'm harvesting many aromatic herbs and tomatoes this month, but also cucumbers, chilies and peppers. I'm drying herbs for my new Mediterranean aromatic mixture, and also for the d...

Recipe: Watermelon salad with spearmint - July 23, 2013
Salads with aromatic herbs
This year I'm growing spearmint, a pleasant variety of mint, with rounded and slightly fleshy leaves, and strong and yet delicate aroma. I added spearmint to this watermelon and...

Recipe: Pesto spaghetti with cherry tomatoes - July 07, 2013
Pasta with aromatic herbs
Cinnamon basil is a delicious variety of basil with a strong hint of cinnamon. Used fresh, even in combination with other basil cultivars, adds a spicy touch to many recipes. Fo...

Recipe: Sculpit omelette with onion gratin - June 30, 2013

This year I am growing two containers of silene or sculpit, an herb that grows wild in many Italian regions. Tender tops and leaves are cooked and used in many dishes, from savor...

(Ita) Ricetta: Spaghetti al tonno e pesto di basilico cannella - June 25, 2013


(Ita) Ricetta: Torta salata di asparagi e dragoncello - June 18, 2013


Recipe: Rocket and chives spaghetti - June 09, 2013
Pasta with aromatic herbs
Raw arugula in this pasta add a fresh and pungent aroma, a perfect match for the strong taste of anchovy. Rocket and chives spaghetti Ingredients Serves two: 160g spaghet...

(Ita) Ricetta: Pasta al tacchino, mela verde e timo - June 01, 2013


(Ita) Ricetta: Sfogliette alla mela e salvia - April 29, 2013


(Ita) Ricetta: Rosti di cavolfiore con salame e origano - April 20, 2013


Recipe: Baby Beetroots Omelette - April 15, 2013
Omelettes and egg recipes with herbs
Last week I harvested the beetroots from my rooftop. They are Chioggia beetroots, with amazing red and white rings. So I finally prepared a recipe inspired by Haalo's Beetroo...

(Ita) Ricetta: Uova mimosa alle erbe aromatiche - April 05, 2013


(Ita) Ricetta: Spaghetti con acciughe e aneto - April 04, 2013


Recipe: Parsnip and Welsh onion soup - April 01, 2013
Soups with aromatic herbs
I finally harvested a nice bunch of parsnips from my rooftop. This year I chose the variety Guernsey, with shorter and thick roots, very sweet and fragrant. I also harvested the...

(Ita) Ricetta: Tortellini in crema di portulaca invernale - March 30, 2013


(Ita) Ricetta: Spaghettini con sarde e aneto - March 27, 2013


(Ita) Ricetta: Torta salata di patate e corinoli - March 23, 2013


Recipe: Tuna and thyme bruschetta - March 18, 2013
Sandwiches and bruschetta with herbs
Sometimes we prepare often some recipes, completely changing the ingredients and keeping only the basic idea. It's the case of this bruschetta, fast and tasty, that my mother calle...

(Ita) Ricetta: Salsa di coste, ricotta e coriandolo - March 14, 2013


(Ita) Ricetta: Pennette alla verza e timo - March 10, 2013


(Ita) Ricetta: Risotto al radicchio e salvia - February 28, 2013


(Ita) Ricetta: Frittata di verdure e basilico cannella - February 17, 2013


Recipe: Pumpkin, Amaretti and Sage Appetizers - February 12, 2013
Appetizers with herbs
Amaretti are italian cookies made with almonds, using also a few bitter almonds. They are a perfect match for pumpking in savory and sweet recipes Pumpkin, Amaretti and Sage...

(Ita) Ricetta: Fajitas di maiale, timo e cumino - February 07, 2013


(Ita) Ricetta: Avocado e crescione in carrozza - January 18, 2013


(Ita) Ricetta: Cheesecake cuore di cioccolato alla menta - January 10, 2013


Recipe: Potato gateau with coriander - December 10, 2012
Savory pies and pizza with herbs
Coriander is one of my favourite herbs, and I sow it every September to harvest it throughout autumn and winter. Potato gateau with coriander Ingredients Serves four: 1.5...

(Ita) Ricetta: Gratin di cipolle al dragoncello - November 26, 2012


(Ita) Ricetta: Gnocchetti con crema di legumi al pesto - November 20, 2012


(Ita) Ricetta: Pizzoccheri alle tre salvie - November 07, 2012


(Ita) Ricetta: Dado vegetale alle erbe - November 02, 2012


Recipe: Pesto without garlic pasta - October 24, 2012
Sauces, dressings and dips with herbs
I realized I have spoken several times of the pesto without garlic that I prepared this summer, but I never posted the recipe until now. I used different varieties of basil, mainl...

Recipe: Middle Eastern Aromatic Mixture - October 20, 2012
Spices and Aromatic Herbs Mixtures
Last year I prepared two aromatic mixtures, the Mediterranean Aromatic Mixture and the Asian Aromatic Mixture. This summer I planned to prepare also a third one, with a middle east...

Recipe: Peas soup with pesto - October 11, 2012
Soups with aromatic herbs
I made some pesto using different varieties of basil (large leaf, cinnamon, lemon), chives and chives garlic, along with sunflower seeds, olive oil and parmesan cheese. For the rec...

Recipe: Rice salad with paprika and chives - September 26, 2012
Rice recipes with aromatic herbs
September is the time of year when there are still summer harvests, and I have already started planning what to grow next spring. This light and tasty rice salad is representative ...

Recipe: Salmon Bagel with Sorrel - September 18, 2012
Sandwiches and bruschetta with herbs
I bought some fresh bagels, garnished with poppy seeds and sesame seeds, and I prepared the classic bagels with smoked salmon. I harvested a bunch of fresh sorrel, and its tangy...

Recipe: Savory Pie with Sorrel and Basil Pesto - September 10, 2012
Savory pies and pizza with herbs
Returning from vacation, I found a rich harvest of aromatic herbs, chillies, peppers and cucumbers waiting for me. With a bunch of sorrel, chives and various types of basil (a m...

Recipe: Chili Pie with herbs and spices - August 27, 2012
Savory pies and pizza with herbs
A savory pie inspired by the Mexican chili, in ingredients and spices: coriander, cumin, and red chili, with the addition of fresh leaves of welsh onion (or scallion) for a touch o...

(Ita) Ricetta: Quiche di carote al dragoncello - July 27, 2012


Recipe: Baked pasta with tuna, zucchini and thyme - June 30, 2012
Pasta with aromatic herbs
The combination of thyme and tuna is one of my favorites. I used it for this baked pasta, garnished with fried zucchini. I made this pasta with the intention of making it attrac...

Recipe: Vegetarian burgers with clary sage - June 25, 2012
Vegetarian and vegan recipes with herbs
The clary sage is a variety of sage with large, thick leaves. I used it for a vegetarian burger recipe. I also added some onion shoots, more digestible and delicate than onion. ...

Summer recipes - June 23, 2012
Cooking with Aromatic Herbs
The summer is full of fresh and delicious ingredients: tomatoes, eggplants and peppers are never missing from our table, along with watermelon, apricots, peaches, figs. During sum...

(Ita) Ricetta: Saltimbocca all'acetosa - June 21, 2012


Recipe: Baked pasta with peppers and cinnamon basil - June 09, 2012
Pasta with aromatic herbs
Every year I like to try new varieties of basil, but I can't do without the classic broad-leaf basil and the wonderful cinnamon basil. This cultivar smells of basil and cinnamon, a...

(Ita) Ricetta: Rotolini di sfoglia al crescione - June 06, 2012


Recipe: Pesto and purslane sandwich - June 01, 2012
Sandwiches and bruschetta with herbs
Every spring the purslane grows spontaneously in many empty pots and I water it with love and harvest all summer long. For a quick snack, I spread some buns with a special pesto...

(Ita) Ricetta: Saltimbocca al crescione - May 28, 2012


(Ita) Ricetta: Polenta taragna fritta aromatica - May 25, 2012


Recipe: Tarragon Stracciatella (Egg Soup) - May 21, 2012
Soups with aromatic herbs
Despite the spring there are some gray and windy days, and I take this opportunity to cook for the last time some recipes perhaps more suited to a cold season, as this hearty egg s...

(Ita) Ricetta: Risotto ai funghi e pesto - May 20, 2012


Recipe: Cress and Blue Cheese Omelette - May 15, 2012
Omelettes and egg recipes with herbs
I still have a lot of garden cress to harvest before all the plants bolt, so I'm using it often. It's a perfect contrast to rich flavors like eggs, cheese and meats. Cress an...

Recipe: Aromatic French Toast - May 10, 2012
Sandwiches and bruschetta with herbs
Are you planning breakfast in bed for Mother's Day? Here is a classic recipe, perfect for the occasion, as for a Sunday brunch. I will start soon to harvest the herbs for my hom...

Recipe: Aromatic mini skewers with honey marinade - May 09, 2012
The miniatures lunch
I had great fun choosing the dishes for the miniatures lunch, a lunch served a few weeks ago, where each course was realized in a smaller size than usual. The mini skewers are o...

Recipe: Mini quiche Lorraine with tarragon - April 27, 2012
The miniatures lunch
Mini quiches have been my first idea for the miniatures lunch and they were very simple: I cut the pastry into small squares, pour the filling and baked using a muffin mold. I c...

Recipe: Mini tortellini pies - April 22, 2012
The miniatures lunch
For the miniatures lunch I created a miniaturized version of a classic tortellini recipe, called in crosta (with crust), because of the puff pastry. Mini tortellini pies In...

(Ita) Ricetta: Crespelline ai funghi e melissa - April 20, 2012


Recipe: Danish Canapes with Thyme - April 19, 2012
The miniatures lunch
A couple of years ago I tried many Danish recipes, and my favourite was the smoerrebroed (or smørrebrød), canapes with rye bread or white bread, and many combination of ingredients...

Recipe: Dill and Onion Savory Muffins - April 15, 2012
The miniatures lunch
Dill flavor may seem too delicate, but its fresh and slightly spicy aroma is very persistent, and quite resistant to cooking. He gave a very strong personality to these tiny savor...

The miniatures lunch - April 14, 2012
Aromatic herbs menus
I wanted to cook some tiny quiches using my muffin mold, and then I thought that many other recipes could be miniaturized: crepes, skewers, desserts... So I decided to prepare a...

(Ita) The e tisane alle erbe e spezie - April 10, 2012


Recipe: Cress and Shallot Soup - April 04, 2012
Soups with aromatic herbs
I sowed garden cress in September, but the rain killed almost all young plants. I sowed it again during winter, and finally I had a lot of cress to harvest. With this harvest...

Spring recipes - March 30, 2012
Cooking with Aromatic Herbs
Spring is finally here, and many fresh vegetables and aromatic herbs are back. Let's see some spring recipes published on Erbe in Cucina - Cooking with Herbs. Spring aromatic he...

(Ita) Ricetta: Risotto di mare alle erbe aromatiche - March 27, 2012


Recipe: Strawberry Cake with Lavender - March 18, 2012
Dessert recipes with herbs
It's already strawberry season here in Sicily: I bought a box, and even if they disappeared within a few days I could also use them to prepare this cake. My partner loves strawb...

Recipe: Aromatic Chicken Nachos - March 06, 2012
Meat and poultry recipes with herbs
I had to improvise some appetizers, and I served two plates of nachos topped with a touch of aromatic chichen cream, in a recipe inspired by chicken nachos. Aromatic Chicken...

Recipe: Rooftop Vegetables Omelette - February 03, 2012
Omelettes and egg recipes with herbs
Vegetables and herbs grown in my rooftop always amaze me. Throughout the summer I harvested greens for fresh salads, and with the autumn sowing of mizuna, komatsuna and semposai I ...

Recipe: Nettles Gnocchi Carbonara - January 29, 2012
Pasta with aromatic herbs
I admit I almost abandoned my rooftop plants in the past few months, except for some limited harvest. As a result of the rains and mild weather, many pots were full of weeds... ...

Recipe: Corn Bread with Aromatic Herbs - January 25, 2012
Bread with aromatic herbs
A new recipe with my homemade Mediterranean Aromatic Mixture with sage, oregano, rosemary, thyme and other aromatic herbs from my garden. I added it to a corn bread served with ...

Recipe: Wreath Bread with Aromatic Herbs - January 21, 2012
Bread with aromatic herbs
Sometimes recipes are so satisfying that I don't know hot to describe how much they have been really appreciated. I will try saying that this wreath bread, baked for New Year's ...

Recipe: Aromatic Risotto with Spumante - January 18, 2012
Rice recipes with aromatic herbs
After the holidays I always have a few opened bottles of sparkling wine, often almost full. So every year begins with many recipes with spumante: meat, pasta seasonings and our fav...

Recipe: Aromatic Homemade Gnocchi - January 10, 2012
Pasta with aromatic herbs
I wanted to give a twist to a soup, so I harvested some chives and prepared these quick homemade gnocchi. Aromatic Homemade Gnocchi Ingredients 60g all-purpose flour 40g ...

Winter Recipes - January 09, 2012
Cooking with Aromatic Herbs
The winter begins with the Christmas holidays, and the desire to cook sweet and traditional recipes, continues with a period of purification, and then... the bad weather seems to n...

Recipe: Mediterranean Aromatic Mixture - January 04, 2012
Spices and Aromatic Herbs Mixtures
As mentioned several times, last summer I prepared two mixtures with different herbs, an Asian Aromatic Mixture and a Mediterranean one, similar to Italian seasoning. Some fresh...

Autumn recipes - November 09, 2011
Cooking with Aromatic Herbs
Someone sees autumn like a sad season, but there are those who appreciate its quiet melancholy and the beautiful colors of nature. Although summer is my favourite season, I thin...

Recipe: Asian Aromatic Mixture - October 20, 2011
Spices and Aromatic Herbs Mixtures
Throughout the summer I harvested and dried many aromatic herbs for two aromatic mixtures, this asian one and a Mediterranean Aromatic Mixture. Some fresh ingredients harvested ...

Recipe: Sorrel and Basil Focaccia - October 16, 2011
Savory pies and pizza with herbs
Sorrel is one of my favorite herbs: I add it to sandwiches and salads, or use for sauces and dressings for pasta, fish, chicken... With the last sorrel and basil harvest I prepa...

Recipe: Asian Herbs Sandwich - October 13, 2011
Sandwiches and bruschetta with herbs
Last month I sowed komatsuna, semposai and mizuna and this is the first small harvest, with some sorrel leaves too. I used this bunch of fresh herbs to stuff a baguette, using a...

Recipe: Chocolate and Mint Muffins - October 11, 2011
Dessert recipes with herbs
I never get tired of preparing new muffins : in less than an hour you bake sweet or savory tidbits, loved by children. As I told in the post Vegan Burger with Aromatic Herbs, my...

Recipe: Vegan Burger with Aromatic Herbs - October 07, 2011
Burger Parade
Each recipe has a story, thoughts and events related to its preparation... let me tell you the one of those vegan burgers. Like many mothers of young children I face every day t...

Recipe: Pasta Checca sul Rogo - October 04, 2011
Pasta with aromatic herbs
Checca sul rogo is a traditional italian pasta with aromatic herbs and chili. Use your own fresh herbs combination, but should not miss basil, sage, rosemary, garlic and/or chiv...

(Ita) Ricetta: Salsicce vegetariane al porro e timo - September 28, 2011


Recipe: Spaghetti with Sorrel and Basil Pesto - September 22, 2011
Pasta with aromatic herbs
I harvested sorrel since June, adding it to my rooftop salads like the Salad with Basil Vinaigrette, or creating sauces and pesto. We enjoyed the Sorrel and Sunflower Pesto but ...

Recipe: Chocolate and Ricotta Plumcake with Mint - September 11, 2011
Dessert recipes with herbs
I never get tired of new recipes with chocolate and mint, this time I tried a a soft plumcake enriched with ricotta cheese and garnished with walnuts, great for breakfast or as des...

Picnic Recipes with Aromatic Herbs - September 05, 2011
Growing aromatic herbs
I wanted to organize a classic style picnic, with a soft blanket placed on a green lawn, the food carried with a wicker basket... and a thermos of hot tea, which may not be so clas...

Recipe: Fried Peppers Salad with Mint - September 04, 2011
Vegetable recipes with herbs
Senise Peppers are small sweet peppers with elongated form, from Basilicata, Italy. They are used mainly for the traditional recipe peperoni cruschi: they should be dried and then...

Recipe: Mint Sun Tea - September 01, 2011
Herbal and spiced teas
Sun tea -a recipe from Native Americans- is an alternative way to prepare tea without boiling the water but using the sun's heat instead. I harvested a bunch of white mint in th...

Recipe: Cold Cucumber Soup with Mint - August 06, 2011
Cold soups with herbs
After the first Armenian cucumber of nearly 400 grams, my plant stopped for a few weeks, then produced a second, slightly smaller, tasty cucumber. I picked up some sprigs of min...

Recipe: Basil Hummus and tomatoes Sandwich - August 03, 2011
Sauces, dressings and dips with herbs
Hummus is a traditional dish of Arab cuisine, whose main ingredients are chickpeas and sesame paste (tahini). It has slightly different recipes from country to country, and it's wi...

Recipe: Spaghetti with Lumpfish Caviar and Chives - August 02, 2011
Pasta with aromatic herbs
White, red and green are the colors of the italian flag, usually I'm not so patriotic but I really loved the combination of colors of this quick spaghettata. Spaghetti with ...

Recipe: Salad with Basil Vinaigrette - July 28, 2011
Salads with aromatic herbs
What to do with a small basil harvest, too little to prepare the pesto, but too much to use as a condiment, few leaves at a time? I had harvested some vegetables and greens to be ...

(Ita) Ricetta: Biscotti alla lavanda e salvia - July 23, 2011


Recipe: Aubergines and Pesto Pasta - July 21, 2011
Pasta with aromatic herbs
I've already posted the recipe of pasta Norma, a traditional sicilian pasta with fried aubergines, tomato sauce and a local hard cheese called ricotta salata (salted). I harvested...

Recipe: Eggless Dandelion Pancakes - July 19, 2011
Fritters with aromatic herbs
I harvested a generous amount of dandelion leaves, and I prepared two recipes, these eggles pancakes with chickpea flour (very used in vegan and Indian cuisine as an egg substitute...

Recipe: Hot Fried Knots with Chives - July 16, 2011
Fritters with aromatic herbs
With some chives and two ripe Hot Jim chili peppers I made this fritters, that can be served with a sweet and sour sauce like the quick chutney or the wonton sauce. Hot Frie...

Recipe: Dandelion and Yams Pies - July 14, 2011
Savory pies and pizza with herbs
Dandelion is a spontaneous herb that grows well in arid soil. My dandelion was seeded, is watered and pampered all year and lives happily in a pot large 1 m in diameter, with hysso...

Recipe: Couscous Salad with Cherry Tomatoes and Aromatic Herbs - July 08, 2011
Salads with aromatic herbs
I am growing tomatoes cherry black: they're similar to cherry tomato in size, shape and taste, but become dark red when ripe. Couscous Salad with Cherry Tomatoes and Aromati...

(Ita) Ricetta: Sgombro con salsa di acetosa - July 05, 2011


Pesto ideas - July 03, 2011
Cooking with Aromatic Herbs
The pesto alla genovese sauce is a famous italian recipe that consists in of basil, garlic, olive oil, pinoles and grated parmesan crushed or blended together. Pesto also indica...

Recipe: Gnocchi with Sorrel and Sunflower Pesto - June 29, 2011
Pasta with aromatic herbs
Sorrel has exceeded all my expectations: grown in a small container, it gives me continuous and abundant harvests, its leaves are very tasty and can be used with everything: chicke...

Recipe: Onion Muffins with Aromatic Herbs - June 27, 2011
Savory pastries with aromatic herbs
I wanted to prepare some savory muffins, and I really enjoyed these ones, tasty and soft. I used my homemade herbs mixture, the Mediterranean Aromatic Mixture with oregano, rose...

Recipe: Canapes with mint and nigella - June 26, 2011
Appetizers with herbs
We took the healthy habit of having something light and healthy for dinner, preferably raw or cooked vegetables, and I love to stack slices of ingredients to create multilayered ca...

(Ita) Ricetta: Rotolini al pesto di coriandolo - June 23, 2011


Recipe: Carrot Savory Pie with Fresh Coriander - June 18, 2011
Savory pies and pizza with herbs
I sowed a few coriander plants this year, but they're exposed to sunlight for several hours a day, watered and cuddled and are producing very well. This recipe is inspired by Ba...

Recipe: Indonesian-style Purslane Salad - June 17, 2011
Salads with aromatic herbs
Gado-gado is an indonesian salad, served with a dressing made with peanuts and lemon juice. I prepared a quick salad inspired by this recipe, using lettuce, fresh harvested purslan...

Recipe: Lemon Balm Jam - June 15, 2011
Jams with aromatic herbs
A couple of years ago I sowed lemon balm in my garden, but it didn't sprout. The next spring the lemon balm finally sprouted and since then has been in my garden. This year my l...

Recipe: Chicken with Sorrel Sauce - June 13, 2011
Meat and poultry recipes with herbs
The French sorrel (Rumex acetosa) produced many large leaves, and I finally harvest it. It's really productive, and it has a sour taste more intense in the stems and delicate in...

Recipe: Paella parellada with coriander - June 09, 2011
Rice recipes with aromatic herbs
I took this picture of paella in Portobello Road: it' really gigantic! With my fresh coriander I made paella at home... it was smaller than the one of the picture, but really ta...

Recipe: Gorgonzola Piadina with Purslane and Aromatic Herbs - June 06, 2011
Sandwiches and bruschetta with herbs
The weather has improved, so and I took the opportunity to spend a peaceful hour to gaze my aromatic herbs. I picked up a few leaves from some of them, and I also harvested the fir...

(Ita) Ricetta: Frittatine di zucchine con erba stella - June 05, 2011


Recipe: Fried Rice with Mizuna and Sesame Seeds - May 25, 2011
Rice recipes with aromatic herbs
I wanted to grow the mizuna, and when I finally found the seeds I was not disappointed. It's a oriental green, with serrated leaves and a tangy, unique taste, ready to be collecte...

Recipe: Gorgonzola and Pesto Pasta - May 17, 2011
Pasta with aromatic herbs
During the summer I prepare large quantities of pesto, and store it in the freezer. Every year the pesto stored and consumed when basil is out of season gives me more satisfaction ...

Recipe: Dandelion Omelette - May 11, 2011
Omelettes and egg recipes with herbs
Every autumn I like to stop to plan and thank, analyzing successes and mistakes of the past season, and so I realized that my biggest disappointment was about waste: I didn't harve...

Recipe: Chicken Souvlaki with Honey and Aromatic Herbs - May 09, 2011
Meat and poultry recipes with herbs
I was waiting for some free time at home to prepare homemade skewers (or souvlaki, in this case, since it's a Greek recipe). It is not a long job, but it requires that little bit o...

Recipe: Asparagus Bread with Sage - May 07, 2011
Bread with aromatic herbs
I've been in Portobello Road in London, and I've taken some pictures of rhubarb but also bread, in so many differenf shapes and ingredients that I can't wait to bake some bread at ...

Recipe: Stuffed Paccheri with Marjoram - May 04, 2011
The 12 first courses lunch
The final recipe for the 12 first courses lunch is a tasty, good-looking pasta, so that guests could not give up! This is a recipe from the 12 first courses lunch, so the doses ...

Recipe: Cajun Rice with Thyme - April 29, 2011
The 12 first courses lunch
After the green and yellow rice recipes, this is the third colored rice served at the 12 first courses lunch: a red risotto, inspired by the rich Cajun cuisine. This is a recipe...

Recipe: Lasagna with Broccoli, Shrimps and Pennyroyal - April 12, 2011
The 12 first courses lunch
The pennyroyal has been a faithful companion throughout the winter, and I wanted to include it among the herbs featured in the 12 first courses lunch prepared a few weeks ago. I've...

Recipe: Crepes Pie with Pancetta and Rosemary - April 01, 2011
The 12 first courses lunch
I had no doubts while planning the 12 first courses lunch and chose two different crepes dishes: the crepes can be easily prepared the day before, once stuffed can be kept warm in ...

Recipe: Yellow Biriani with Mint and Walnuts - March 30, 2011
The 12 first courses lunch
As I told you in the green rice post, I had the idea of preparing three coloured rice courses and I decided to make each of them a bit special. This yellow biriani is an indian re...

Recipe: Salmon Pasta Roll-Ups with Pink Sauce - March 29, 2011
The 12 first courses lunch
I love pasta with smoken salmon, and I try often different recipes: for the 12 first courses lunch I decided to prepare a pasta with a pink sauce, flavored with leek and lemon zest...

Recipe: Gnocchi Skewers with Almonds and Sage - March 26, 2011
The 12 first courses lunch
I wanted to prepare some pasta skewers and I made these gnocchi skewers for the 12 first courses lunch: they are tiny and will be devoured in one bite! This is a recipe from the...

Recipe: Hushpuppies (Cajun Fritters with Thyme) - March 23, 2011
Fritters with aromatic herbs
A couple of days ago I made some Jambalaya: a Cajun recipe, that my family loves. I made also some hushpuppies: cajun fritters, golden and quick, with garlic and thyme. I use...

Recipe: Green Rice with Winter Pesto - March 20, 2011
The 12 first courses lunch
Many years ago I find an interesting idea on a recipe book from the 70's: prepare a clover of coloured rice. The possibilities are endless: green with spinach, yellow with saffron,...

Recipe: Crepes with artichokes and parsley - March 17, 2011
The 12 first courses lunch
Your guests have already tasted the first pasta, it's time to serve the next courses, kept warm in the oven. Start with the most delicate ones, such as these crepes with artichokes...

The 12 first courses lunch - March 14, 2011
Aromatic herbs menus
A year away from the 20 appetizers lunch, at the request of the guests and driven by my unhealthy enthusiasm for these consuming projects, last sunday I had the 12 first courses lu...

Recipe: Cauliflower Pasta with Aromatic Herbs - March 06, 2011
Pasta with aromatic herbs
I seasoned this winter pasta recipe with the herbs mixture described in the post Mediterranean Aromatic Mixture: red chili, rosemary, sage, oregano, marjoram. I will prepare this m...

Recipe: Dates with Aromatic Herbs - March 02, 2011
New Year's Appetizers
I'm posting two months later this New Year's Appetizer, because I forgot to take some pictures and I waited to prepare it again. It uses an aromatic herbs mixture that I made la...

Recipe: Gorgonzola and Walnuts Pasta with Marjoram - February 26, 2011
Pasta with aromatic herbs
I love to use fresh aromatic herbs but let's admit it: it's winter, and it's time to use all those herbs harvested and stored during summer. I have a lot of dried marjoram, and I ...

Recipe: Morning Glory Muffins with Mint - February 23, 2011
Dessert recipes with herbs
I wanted to add some fresh mint to the classic Morning Glory Muffins recipe, and I choose my horsemint, because it doesn't lose its aroma when cooked. My two years old kid helpe...

Recipe: Focaccia with Mackerel, Thyme and Nigella - February 17, 2011
Sandwiches and bruschetta with herbs
My father gave me some delicious homemade mackerel in oil that he prepared. I used it this quick focaccia, paired with the thyme, always perfect on fish, and the fruity and spicy n...

Recipe: Smoked Salmon Pasta with Curly Leaf Parsley - February 16, 2011
Pasta with aromatic herbs
I must confess that last autumn I've been lazy: I left many chilies on the plants, I didn't save seeds from aromatic herbs and I sow only few plants... ...But enough to enjoy th...

Recipe: Breadcrumbs Pasta with Aromatic Herbs - February 10, 2011
Pasta with aromatic herbs
Pasta with toasted breadcrumbs is a traditional dish from Sicily, with simple and pour ingredients like breadcrumbs, olive oil and anchovies. It's really quick... and it becomes...

Recipe: Minestrone with Buck's-Horn Plantain - February 07, 2011
Soups with aromatic herbs
As you can see from my posts, I'm using often pennyroyal, curly leaf parsley, cress and buck's-horn plantain: they're all fresh herbs that I sowed in October, and they surprised me...

Recipe: Wild Boar Salami Canapes with Mint - February 05, 2011
New Year's Appetizers
I love to create starters with toothpicks: small skewers (you can also call them brochettes or banderillas) that can be easily served as fingerfood. These canapes combine the fresh...

Recipe: Scrambled Eggs with Pennyroyal and Buck's-Horn Plantain - February 03, 2011
Omelettes and egg recipes with herbs
Last week I had a really bad cold and I could not feel any flavors or tastes for days. As you can imagine, I was feeling really depressed. I tried to prepare foods with strong a...

Recipe: Apple, Walnuts and Sage Pasta - February 02, 2011
Pasta with aromatic herbs
It's been more than six months since I posted the last pasta recipe, and this can make you understand why among my cooking resolutions for the year 2011 I promise to cook more past...

Recipe: Tuna Mousse with Aromatic Herbs - January 28, 2011
New Year's Appetizers
Savory mousses can be prepared the day before and stored in the fridge covered with a plastic wrap. Guests always enjoyed them, so I created this tuna mousse with parsley and chiv...

Recipe: Mushroom Quiche with Pennyroyal - January 27, 2011
Savory pies and pizza with herbs
I planted pennyroyal (Mentha pulegium) during fall, mostly because I didn't want to wait to try it. It sprouted and within a few months I started to harvest its tiny leaves with a ...

Recipe: Bok Choi and Nettle Omelette - January 25, 2011
Burger Parade
A couple of months ago I did some autums sowings, and we have enjoyed the results since now: many fresh salads with carrots and radishes, some cress recipes, curley leaf parsley an...

Recipe: Salmon and Cress Canapes - January 21, 2011
New Year's Appetizers
The fresh cress is the perfect match for the rich smoked salmon. This is another New Year's Appetizer with aromatic herbs. Salmon and Cress Canapes Ingredients 2 slices...

Recipe: Mushroom Boats with Shrimps - January 12, 2011
New Year's Appetizers
This is another New Year's appetizer with aromatic herbs. Mushroom Boats with Shrimps Ingredients Serves 4-6: 2 large mushrooms 1/2 cup cooked shrimps mayonnaise chive...

Recipe: Cress Soup with Ginger - January 11, 2011
Soups with aromatic herbs
I growed cress many years ago, but I almost forgot its taste: pungent, fresh, with plenty of personality. Cress is rich in minerals and vitamin C, and it's the perfect herb for ...

Recipe: Rolled Turkey with Cranberries - January 07, 2011
New Year's Appetizers
Since I prepared the 20 appetizers lunch, all my friends ask me to bring appetizers to our meetings, and I must confess that I enjoy this task every time. This are the appetizer...

(Ita) Ricetta: Riso aromatico invernale - December 30, 2010


Recipe: Sage and Mint Bruschetta - December 14, 2010
Sandwiches and bruschetta with herbs
I use often the sage and mint combo during autumn, because they look green and healthy even in these months. This bruschetta was inspired by the tapenade and improvised with ing...

Recipe: Whole Wheat Bread with Thyme and Sage - December 07, 2010
Bread with aromatic herbs
I like to add oats in bread dough, because it adds a nice rustic touch. This bread with thyme and sage was so full of flavor to be delicious on its own, and perfect for toasted san...

Recipe: Muhammara (Hot Sauce with Walnuts and Mint) - December 01, 2010
Hot Sauces
The chili plants have lost many leaves, and summer green bushes are now bare and yellow... ...but still full of chili peppers to harvest. So with the first walnuts of the ye...

Recipe: Egg & Bacon with Avocado and Cress - November 24, 2010
Omelettes and egg recipes with herbs
The garden cress sown last month is ready to be harvested. This aromatic herb can be planted all year round, and I chose to cultivate it during fall because it seems very appropria...

Recipe: Red Chicory Risotto with Sage - November 11, 2010
Rice recipes with aromatic herbs
Perennial herbs like sage and marjoram are in dormancy during autumn, and should not be harvested. However my sage plant, kissed by the autumn rains, it's more lush than ever, and...

Recipe: Vichyssoise - October 20, 2010
Soups with aromatic herbs
My partner and I have a bit of fever and sore throat, but we're pretending we're okay because tomorrow we leave for Paris... and we have no intention to give up. Combine these two...

Recipe: Basil Pesto Loaf - September 28, 2010
Bread with aromatic herbs
I wanted to try a pesto bread, and I used my homemade pesto, with the last basil harvest. I hoped for a green bread, but the millet flour become brown when cooked. But it's okay...

Recipe: Scrambled Eggs with Thai Basil - September 26, 2010
Omelettes and egg recipes with herbs
A few days a go I prepared the Banana Sweet Chili Sauce with some crispy Banana Sweet chilies, and I served it with scrambled eggs. Scrambled Eggs with Thai Basil Fry some ...

Recipe: Robiola Fritters with Marjoram - September 20, 2010
Fritters with aromatic herbs
As a child I remember the ritual of the bread baking at my grandmother's house as a kind of celebration: my grandmother kneaded an incredible amounts of dough, she made bread of an...

Recipe: Herbs Omelette with Fried Green Tomatoes - September 14, 2010
Omelettes and egg recipes with herbs
This dish was prepared during a visit to my in-laws, and it uses ingredients from their kitchen garden: tomatoes, potates, courgettes and aromatic herbs... even the eggs are from t...

Burger Parade: Homemade burgers - September 09, 2010
Cooking with Aromatic Herbs
All my burgers recipes: with beef, pork, chicken, vegetarian... Vegetarian burgers with clary sage Vegan Burger with Aromatic Herbs Bok Choi and Nettle Omelette Burger...

Recipe: Tuna and Thyme Focaccia - September 07, 2010
Sandwiches and bruschetta with herbs
This year my Pimento Piquillo is producing many big and mild pods, perfect to be stuffed or roasted. I also added them to salads, sauces or sandwiches like this stuffed focaccia. ...

Recipe: Green Peppercorns Burger with Sage - August 26, 2010
Burger Parade
Maybe you already know, but I have a thing for burgers. I'm not talking about the fast food ones, but the home made burgers: meat, fish, vegetarian... I always like to try and crea...

(Ita) Ricetta: Biriani di pollo alla melissa e spezie - July 24, 2010


Recipe: Kohlrabi Salad, Chicory Salad - July 22, 2010
Salads with aromatic herbs
Some weeks ago I served the four tex-mex side dishes in the picture, salads and sauces for grilled meat. These are the first two recipes: Tex-Mex Papalo Dip Caramelized Onions...

Recipe: Fried White Eggplant and Tomatoes with Pesto - July 20, 2010
Vegetable recipes with herbs
I'm growing two white long eggplant plants, that have gorgeous flowers... and many little eggplant. Eggplant should be harvested when unripe. I cut the aubergines 1/2 cm thic...

Recipe: Tex-Mex Papalo Dip - July 16, 2010
Hot Sauces
In the post May gardening tips, I talked about some unusual plants that I'm growing in my rooftop, like the papalo in the picture. Papalo plants are 60-70 cm high, with round leav...

Recipe: Lebanese Fatoush (Purslane Salad) - July 14, 2010
Salads with aromatic herbs
The fatoush is a traditional Lebanese recipe, where purslane is the main ingredient. When I discovered this recipe I promised to prepare it with my first purslane harvest and so I ...

Recipe: Baked Brie with Provençal Herbs - July 07, 2010
The 20 appetizers lunch
Finally, this is the 20th and last recipe from the 20 appetizers lunch. It's a little you can't say no tidbit, flavored with my Homemade Herbes de Provence (Provençal Herbs): t...

Recipe: Fried Egg with Coriander - July 05, 2010
Omelettes and egg recipes with herbs
This spring I had plenty of fresh cilantro. Now coriander is bolting and blooming, and its leaves can't be harvested anymore, so this is the last coriander recipe for a bit. Lik...

Recipe: Zucchini and Sage Patties - June 30, 2010
The 20 appetizers lunch
These tasty fritters with sage are one of the last appetizers of the lunch. You can prepare the batter for the patties in the morning, cover it with a film and fry just before serv...

Recipe: Caramelized Onions with Basil - June 29, 2010
Sauces, dressings and dips with herbs
When I sow some onion bulbs, I tought the experiment was doomed to failure. So, I was really surprised wehen the four bulbs on the rooftop become real onions. I wanted to give...

Recipe: Sandwich Omelette with Aromatic Herbs - June 24, 2010
Omelettes and egg recipes with herbs
My mother visited my garden searching for fresh garlic for some recipes. She didn't find it and harvested a few leaves from similar plants. Then she asked me about the strange lemo...

Recipe: Duchess Potatoes with Garlic Sauce - June 16, 2010
The 20 appetizers lunch
Duchess potatoes are a classic recipe, you can prepare them according to your taste or simply buy prepared ones. The garlic sauce can be prepared the day before, then warmed and p...

Recipe: Toor Dal with mint and coriander - June 08, 2010
An indian dinner
The last recipe from our indian dinner, a vegan daal with coriander, mint and chives. This is the menu: Jalapenos with Spiced Sauce Fried plantain with mustard seeds Coriande...

Recipe: Speck ham Vol-au-vent with Marjoram - June 03, 2010
The 20 appetizers lunch
Although the puff pastry recipes are perfect for a lunch of appetizers, I suggest to prepare only two or three of them, because they can give satiety... You do not want your guests...

Recipe: Basmati Rice with Coconut and Coriander - June 02, 2010
An indian dinner
For our indian dinner I also prepared a rice side-dish. This is the menu: Jalapenos with Spiced Sauce Fried plantain with mustard seeds Coriander Chutney Naan with Curry To...

Recipe: Pasta with onion and cinnamon basil - June 01, 2010
Pasta with aromatic herbs
If I have to create pasta recipe, I know I always can count on the single cream, bacon and onion combo. I also used some cinnamon basil: although it has a delicate flavor, it ad...

Recipe: Ham Brochette with Sage - May 30, 2010
The 20 appetizers lunch
An appetizers lunch can also include meat recipes, and brochettes (or skewers) are the perfect way to serve them as a finger food. This is the 16th recipe from the 20 appetizers...

Recipe: Courgette Omelette with Marjoram - May 28, 2010
Omelettes and egg recipes with herbs
Marjoram is blooming, and I have to harvest and almost prune it. Obviously I'm very glad to use it everywhere: pasta, soups... is also an excellent addition to herbal teas, espe...

Recipe: Thai Green Curry with Potatoes - May 25, 2010
Soups with aromatic herbs
I prepared again the Thai Chicken Soup before it was too hot to enjoy it. With the fresh harvested lemon grass I also cooked this thai-inspired green curry. Thai Green Curry...

Recipe: Aromatic Herbs Crepes - May 23, 2010
Crepes, pancakes and tortillas with herbs
The crepes (or pancakes) are among the first recipes I tried, when I was a teen-ager. As I have often said, I've always loved aromatic herbs. Now consider the two statements toge...

Recipe: Coriander Chutney - May 21, 2010
An indian dinner
This spring I finally have enough fresh coriander to use it in recipes like this indian sauce. Coriander may taste too strong, so I add some lemon balm to soften it. Cori...

Recipe: Brussels Sprouts Savory Pie with Sage - May 19, 2010
The 20 appetizers lunch
The savory pies are perfect for the appetizers lunch, because they can be ovencooked and easily kept warm. This is the 14th recipe from the 20 appetizers lunch. You can assembl...

Recipe: Mint and Sage Ravioli - May 18, 2010
Pasta with aromatic herbs
'Butter & Sage' is a classic pasta seasoning, add some mint and you will be surprised! Mint and Sage Ravioli Ingredients Serves two: 250g spinach ravioli 3 leaves of sag...

Recipe: Aromatic Herbs Omelette - May 15, 2010
The 20 appetizers lunch
This recipe is inspired by the Iranian Herb Baked Omelette, but it's less spicy and cooked in a pan like a normal omelette instead of oven-baked. Try different combinations of aro...

Recipe: Meat and vegetables ragout with thyme - May 14, 2010
Sauces, dressings and dips with herbs
Every winter my thyme dies, so last summer I bought wild thyme instead of regular thyme. It's an harder plant, and now is alive and full of green fresh leaves. I used the wild t...

Recipe: Rice Timbales with Mint - May 11, 2010
The 20 appetizers lunch
For this recipe I used two aromatic herbs: mint for the rice and mushrooms timbale, and parsley for carrot sauce. This is the 12th recipe from the 20 appetizers lunch. Ri...

Recipe: Sword Fish with Mint - May 07, 2010
Fish with aromatic herbs
I knew that mint was a good match for fish, but it was my mother's idea to use also a sweet wine like zibibbo: a great combo! Sword Fish with Mint Ingredients Serves two: ...

Recipe: Coriander Herb-Scented Guacamole - May 04, 2010
Sauces, dressings and dips with herbs
Guacamole is very quick to prepare and it doesn't requires any cooking. It's the perfect nachos dip, and it can be used in many Mexican and Tex-Mex recipes. This herb-scented gu...

Recipe: Mushrooms Pasta with Tarragon - April 27, 2010
Pasta with aromatic herbs
I added tarragon on this mushrooms and sausage pasta to try something new. Mushrooms Pasta with Tarragon Ingredients Serves two: 160g bavette pasta 4 mushrooms 150g sau...

Recipe: Sun-dried Tomatoes Tapenade - April 23, 2010
The 20 appetizers lunch
Tapenade is a French spread recipe, made with black olives, capers and aromatic herbs. I veganized it using sun-dried tomatoes instead of anchovies. This is the nineth recipe fr...

Recipe: Zucchini Carpaccio - April 21, 2010
The 20 appetizers lunch
Almost all recipes from the 20 appetizers lunch are really quick and easy to prepare: it's the only way to don't lose your mental sanity in the process. So, choose easy recipes, p...

Recipe: Lemon and coriander chicken - April 20, 2010
Meat and poultry recipes with herbs
Finally it's spring and I have enough coriander to use it everywhere: fresh coriander is perfect on chicken, fish and eggs, and it's a classic combo with ingredients like lemon, or...

Recipe: Broccoli Salad with Vinaigrette - April 12, 2010
The 20 appetizers lunch
Vinaigrette is a french salad seasoning, with vinegar as main ingredient. Add olive oil and your favourite herbs to prepare amazing salads. This is the sixth recipe from the 20 ...

Recipe: Caprese Skewers with oregano - April 09, 2010
The 20 appetizers lunch
The Caprese is the famous italian starter with mozzarella, fresh tomato and basil. I created some Caprese skewers for my 20 appetizers lunch: it was March and I haven't fresh basi...

Recipe: Vegetarian Carbonara Pasta - April 07, 2010
Pasta with aromatic herbs
'Pasta alla Carbonara' is a traditional italian recipe: this version is very similar but uses zucchini instead of bacon (or pancetta), for a vegetarian recipe healthier than the or...

Recipe: Cheese Roll-Ups with Walnuts and Marjoram - March 27, 2010
The 20 appetizers lunch
As I mentioned in the post Walnuts Pasta with Marjoram, I really like the marjoram aroma with the walnuts, so I have no doubts chosing the aromatic herbs for these roll-ups. A t...

Recipe: Bresaola Roll-Ups with Rocket and Dill - March 23, 2010
The 20 appetizers lunch
Rocket and dill have both a delicate aroma with some mild pungency. A guest who doesn't ever eat raw vegetables surprised me asking for another of this roll-ups! I harvested roc...

Recipe: Fruit Brochette with Coriander - March 18, 2010
The 20 appetizers lunch
Coriander looks similar to parsley, but has lemon overtones. Its fresh leaves are used as well as the powdered seeds, in many indian, middle-eastern and mexican recipes. You can...

Recipe: Rolled Sandwich with Russian Salad - March 17, 2010
The 20 appetizers lunch
As many of you already know, I prepared an all-appetizers lunch, and I promised to post all the recipes. I started the lunch with some canapes and brochettes: this is the first on...

The 20 appetizers lunch - March 15, 2010
Aromatic herbs menus
I was too busy to write new posts, at work but also with the project 20 appetizers: a lunch with only appetizers, that we all enjoyed yesterday. You know some of the appetizers,...

Recipe: Corn Patties with Coconut Sauce - March 05, 2010
Fritters with aromatic herbs
When I published the post Vegetarian Mini Burgers I tought that my onions wouldn't grow too much... The picture shows that I was right. I know, it's too soon to harvest the onio...

Recipe: Cotolette alla palermitana (Aromatic Tenderloin) - March 03, 2010
Meat and poultry recipes with herbs
These cotolette are a traditional dish from Sicily with parsley and oregano, they're really quick and tasty. Cotolette alla palermitana (Aromatic Tenderloin) Ingredients 300g ...

Recipe: Turkey Sandwich with Wild Thyme and Gorgonzola - March 02, 2010
Sandwiches and bruschetta with herbs
Maybe I have to tell you why I have so many turkey leftovers (used also in the Turkey Tostadas with Jalapeno) in February: we enjoyed the turkey for the Thanksgiving, and my partne...

Recipe: Aromatic Herbs Tapenade - February 25, 2010
Sauces, dressings and dips with herbs
Tapenade is a French spread recipe, made with black olives, capers and aromatic herbs. I prepared three different tapenade: the classic one and two variations with figs and almond...

Recipe: Chinese Soup with Ginger and Coriander - February 19, 2010
Soups with aromatic herbs
Another recipe from my Chinese New Year/Valentine Day dinner, a warm and tasty soup with coriander and ginger. Chinese Soup with Ginger and Coriander Ingredients Serves two: ...

Recipe: Moroccan Meatballs with Rice and Parsley - February 17, 2010
Meat and poultry recipes with herbs
I'm dreaming about spring, but it's still winter and so at least I can cook warming and rich recipes like this one, with fresh parsley. It's from Morocco, and it's peculiar beca...

Recipe: Kamut Kebabs with Coriander - February 16, 2010
Vegetarian and vegan recipes with herbs
I'm reading some old posts, and I'm feeling really wistful: in February spring seems close, but winter can be unbearable. I want that my plants grow soon, that the garden work w...

Recipe: Thai Style Burger - February 13, 2010
Burger Parade
I wanted to prepare a burger with peanut butter, and finally I decided to use also the Yellow Thai Curry Paste that I made some days ago. Thai Style Burger Ingredients 2 b...

Recipe: Coriander Sauce Sandwich with Parma Ham - February 10, 2010
Sandwiches and bruschetta with herbs
I didn't know if I should tell you the true story about this sandwich that -believe me- it was a tasty snack. I could tell you that the idea of a peas sauce had some mysterious o...

Recipe: Tortellini with Salami and Basil - February 09, 2010
Pasta with aromatic herbs
Did you store basil last summer? I did it and I'm using it to add a summer touch to some dishes, like this hearty pasta. Tortellini with Salami and Basil Ingredients Serve...

Recipe: Avocado Nachos Dip with Coriander - February 08, 2010
Sauces, dressings and dips with herbs
Sometimes it seems that I can't have enough fresh coriander. I sow it three times: - in September to harvest the leaves during winter - in January to harvest the leaves in spring...

Recipe: Yellow Thai Curry Paste - February 07, 2010
Sauces, dressings and dips with herbs
With my harvested lemon grass, I made the famous Thai Chicken Soup and this homemade thai curry paste. I prepare often the thai curry paste, creating many variations. I enjoyed ...

Recipe: Ginger and Rosemary Braid - February 05, 2010
Bread with aromatic herbs
I made this bread for Imbolc (February 2nd), because it's braid shaped and it uses ginger, rosemary and cloves, the Imbolc herbs. This bread can be served with cheese, but also ...

Recipe: Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix - February 03, 2010
Spices and Aromatic Herbs Mixtures
How many of you have store bought Taco Seasoning Mix at home? It's made of simple ingredients, and can be prepared at home very easily. Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix Cut into thi...

Recipe: Thai Chicken Soup (Tom Ka Gai) - February 02, 2010
Meat and poultry recipes with herbs
As I told you in the previous post, I harvested some lemon grass, and I used some for the famous thai chicken soup, Tom Ka Gai or Dom Yam Gai. It's really quick to prepare, and....

Recipe: Orange Pasta with Smoked Salmon - January 31, 2010
Pasta with aromatic herbs
This is not a regular orange, you can't eat it because it's a bitter orange... and I don't mean not very sweet, but really, really bitter. They're not easy to find at the store,...

Recipe: Millet Loaf with Marjoram - January 30, 2010
Bread with aromatic herbs
I bought millet flour some months ago, and I fell in love with it. If you like to bake your own bread, millet flour is something you should try. As many of you already knows, ma...

Recipe: Herb Baked Omelette (Kuku) - January 28, 2010
Omelettes and egg recipes with herbs
When I cook a dish that uses many aromatic herbs, I really enjoy to harvest them from my garden: it makes me so proud! You can change the aromatic herbs in this recipe, but don'...

(Ita) Ricetta: Coscia di tacchino alle erbe aromatiche - January 24, 2010


Recipe: Croatian Salad with Dill - January 20, 2010
Salads with aromatic herbs
This recipe called for pickled dill and it makes me think... wow pickled dill? I knew that dill is the perfect add for pickles... why I never tought of an entire jar of pickled dil...

Recipe: Stracciatella (Egg Soup) with Parsley - January 18, 2010
Soups with aromatic herbs
I was on my way home during a cold morning, and I really needed a hot meal. More: hot and nourishing. And tasty too, of course. Uhm, maybe with an aromatic fresh herb from my gar...

Recipe: Steamed Vegetables Salad with Thai Seasoning - January 13, 2010
Vegetable recipes with herbs
It's always satisfying to prepare my homade Thai Curry Paste with my homegrown herbs and try new recipes with it. This simple recipe uses the red paste, with chilies, herbs and sp...

Recipe: Celery Jam - January 12, 2010
Jams with aromatic herbs
The right celery stalks for the celery jam you shoud be white, big and fleshy. The jam will be white and with less texture. Anyway, I had this small celery from my garden, and t...

Recipe: Herbal Portuguese Loaf - January 09, 2010
Bread with aromatic herbs
I baked this herbs, ham and cheese bread for New Year's Eve, and served it with tapenade. Herbal Portuguese Loaf Ingredients 200g durum wheat flour 100g all-purpose flour...

Recipe: Cauliflower Patties with Coriander - January 07, 2010
Burger Parade
I like meat but I also like to try some free-meat alternatives. This patties with my fresh coriander are a real treat served with yogurth and mango chutney. Cauliflower Patt...

Recipe: Chickpeas Flour Chips with Thyme - January 04, 2010
The 20 appetizers lunch
During Christmas Holidays I prepared some quick appetizers for a family lunch: I prepared the easy Dill Canapes, then I cut the Jalapeno Bread into cubes and spread some walnuts mo...

Recipe: Dill Canapes - December 31, 2009
Appetizers with herbs
What will you do for New Year's Eve? Will you eat at home or in a restaurant? My family and I will stay at home, and I decided to prepare 12 (yes, twelve!) courses. Have fun, a...

Recipe: Brussels Sprouts Gratin with Tarragon - December 30, 2009
Vegetable recipes with herbs
A newborn plant from my sowing on paper towels: Brussels Sprouts. I love them and I hope to harvest many of them next autumn. I think I will cook them like these. Brussel...

Recipe: Vegetarian Mini Burgers - December 28, 2009
Burger Parade
The site Meat Free Mondays is an interesting event, that invites to eat vegetarian foods and suggests some meat alternatives. On Il Meglio in Cucina - Best Cuisine every Monday ...

Recipe: Green Sauce (and a Sandwich) - December 23, 2009
Sauces, dressings and dips with herbs
Green Sauce (Salsa Verde) is a traditional italian recipe, served with capon for Chrismas. Green Sauce Ingredients 50g breadcrumbs 30g fresh parsley 1 clove garlic 1 hard b...

Recipe: Couscous Salad with Pomegranate and Pistachio - December 21, 2009
Salads with aromatic herbs
This couscous recipe mix the summer flavour of fresh mint with autumn fruits like pomegranate and pistachios: it's the perfect dish for winter solstice, to eat remembering the past...

Recipe: Sausage and Kale Pasta with rosemary - December 20, 2009
Pasta with aromatic herbs
I received a giant kale, grown with love, and I'm cooking it creating new recipes, like the Kale Soup with Turmeric. How can you create a pasta recipe with kale? Just add sausage ...

Recipe: Walnuts Pasta with Marjoram - December 13, 2009
Pasta with aromatic herbs
When I was a child, my mother find marjoram as an ingredient for walnuts sauce, and bought this new, mysterious herb. Since then, marjoram it's a must-have for me: I used it in man...

Recipe: Green Beans Casserole with Mushroom Cream - December 09, 2009
Vegetable recipes with herbs
This is another traditional recipe that I tried for the Thanksgiving. I know that mushroom cream can be bought, but I choose to use an homemade one, with fresh parsley and lemon z...

Recipe: Mashed Potato Salad with Parsley - December 03, 2009
Salads with aromatic herbs
As many of my readers already knows, this year I decided to celebrate Thanksgiving, even if it's not an italian tradition. It was a success, and I think it will become our family ...

Recipe: Salmon Pasta with Dill - November 30, 2009
Pasta with aromatic herbs
As mentioned in the post November Harvest, the dill sowed in September is finally ready to be harvested. I can't grow dill here in Sicily during summer, it's too hot and the plant...

Recipe: Apple Tea with Thanksgiving Herbs - November 26, 2009
Herbal and spiced teas
Today is Thankgiving and as I said in a previous post, I decided to follow this tradition. Yesterday I cooked the first recipes, enjoing the whole ritual. I started checking the...

(Ita) Ricetta: Nasi goreng (riso speziato indonesiano) - November 26, 2009


Recipe: Vegan Steamed Bao - November 24, 2009
Vegetarian and vegan recipes with herbs
I don't know why, but I really love to steam cook food. Maybe is the look of the cooking food in the steamer lid, or the gentle murmuring of the steam, or maybe is knowing that ste...

Recipe: Tuna Pasta with Coriander - November 23, 2009
Pasta with aromatic herbs
Sometimes our most surprising recipes originate from the question: what I can do with this (something) leftover in my fridge? Boiled or roasted fish leftovers can be easily re-thi...

Recipe: Labneh - November 17, 2009
Appetizers with herbs
Many of you loved the Manakish, so have a look at this lebanese recipe, that is usually served with those arab pizza: labneh, a yogurt seasoned with aromatic herbs. You can also s...

Recipe: Indian Parota with Coriander and Mint - November 16, 2009
Bread with aromatic herbs
Parota are a traditional indian bread with coriander and mint I added yeast to the original recipe to have fluffier parotas. Indian Parota with Coriander and Mint Ingred...

Spices and Aromatic Herbs Mixtures - November 14, 2009
Cooking with Aromatic Herbs
Like Chili Pepper Files, this post is an index of all recipes and information about spices and aromatic herbs mixtures in the blog. Aromatic Breadcrumbs: garlic, oreganon, thy...

Recipe: Nettle and lentils fritters - November 11, 2009
Vegetarian and vegan recipes with herbs
I went to the garden to harvest some aromatic herbs, and I found these tender young nettle crowns. I harvested some nettles -using gauntlets- and I used them for these fritters...

Recipe: Cinnamon Basil Tea with Cocoa - November 07, 2009
Herbal and spiced teas
Have I mention before how much I love cinnamon basil? Its cinnamon aroma can't be described, the plant is still producing fresh leaves in November and the flowers... are in the hea...

Recipe: Caprese Focaccia with Arugula - November 05, 2009
Sandwiches and bruschetta with herbs
When I planned this focaccia stuffed with a sort of Caprese salad, I tought to use thai basil. But when I went to the balcony I found out that the last thai basil leaves are too ti...

Recipe: Spelt and lentil fritters with dandelion - November 03, 2009
Vegetarian and vegan recipes with herbs
If you are growing your food, you will understand the joy of walking in your garden or rooftop and harvest fresh leaves, even if the weather get worse every day. Dandelion and b...

Recipe: Mandioc Bread with Bacon and Mint - November 02, 2009
Bread with aromatic herbs
Do you have those Sundays when you decide to not cook anything but an idea borns in your mind, and it starts to grow bigger, insistent, full of details? Until you find yourself in ...

Recipe: Eggless Omelette Sandwich with Basil - October 28, 2009
Omelettes and egg recipes with herbs
In these days my partner is out of town and I'm cooking for myself alone (my child still eat baby's food). I must confess that I'm not cooking anything too complicated, but I'm try...

Recipe: New Potatoes with Sage - October 26, 2009
Vegetable recipes with herbs
I'm growing potatoes in my garden, but they're suffering for the shadow exposure and I always harvest only few, small and incredibly tasty potatoes. They are almost amusing, but an...

Recipe: Manakish Zaatar (Arab Pizza) - October 24, 2009
Spices and Aromatic Herbs Mixtures
Zaatar is an arabic word that means marjoram, but also indicates an herb mixture with marjoram, thyme, oreganon and sesame seeds. Sometimes it also includes sumac, winter savory, c...

Recipe: Roasted Pepper Hummus with Thai Basil - October 23, 2009
Sauces, dressings and dips with herbs
Like Mozzarella in carrozza, hummus is one of the dish that I often prepare, trying always different recipes. This variation uses the fresh harvested herbs in the picture, coriand...

Recipe: Cinnamon Basil Pancakes - October 22, 2009
Dessert recipes with herbs
My basil plants died a few weeks ago, but cinnamon basil is still alive, and now it's blooming too. I love to touch and smell its leaves, and I use them in sweet recipes like this...

Recipe: Mozzarella Fried Sandwiches with Nira - October 21, 2009
Fritters with aromatic herbs
If I had to suggest only one aromatic herb to grow, I won't have any doubts: the Nira, or Chives Garlic (Allium Tuberosum). It's similar to chives, but with longer leaves and a ri...

Recipe: Swordfish Pasta with Mint - October 20, 2009
Pasta with aromatic herbs
Horsemint can be harvested even in cold months, and it adds a fresh touch to many dishes. Swordfish Pasta with Mint Ingredients Serves four: 250g sedani rigati (or penne riga...

Recipe: Herbed Grilled Salmon - October 19, 2009
Fish with aromatic herbs
This is a variation of the traditional salmoriglio (an oil, lemon and parsley seasoning for grilled fish). I used more delicate herbs (rocket, chervil, thai basil), to cover comple...

(Ita) Ricetta: Pizza veloce - October 18, 2009


Recipe: Kamut Savory Biscuits with Rosemary - October 12, 2009
Savory pastries with aromatic herbs
I wanted to try some different kind of bread, and I choose kamut flour for this savory biscuits. Kamut flour is rustic and aromatic, and it was perfect with rosemary and potatoes. ...

Recipe: Millet Bread Sandwich - October 06, 2009
Sandwiches and bruschetta with herbs
We ate in no time the flavourful Herbed millet bread, and the last of it became this tasty sandwiches. Millet Bread Sandwich Ingredients millet bread or other dark bread ...

(Ita) Ricetta: Gumbo di pollo - October 05, 2009


Recipe: Tuna Fettuccine with Thyme - October 05, 2009
Pasta with aromatic herbs
Many years ago, during a trip to Greece -where thyme is used on seafood and grilled fish- I found out that thyme is perfect on fish. Use regular or wild thyme, fresh or dried, but...

Recipe: Herbed Millet Bread - October 03, 2009
Bread with aromatic herbs
Millet flour has a strong peculiar aroma, and adding some herbs to this dough I baked a incredibly flavorful dark bread. It's perfect with the Chili Jam, and with creamy cheese. ...

Recipe: Whole wheat rolls with herbed chicken kebabs - September 30, 2009
Burger Parade
A quick meatballs recipe, with the aroma of ginger and coriander, served in whole wheat rolls. I stuffed the panini with my homemade Pickled Purslane, it's delicious in sandwich...

Recipe: Tortellini with Mushroom and Tarragon Sauce - September 29, 2009
Pasta with aromatic herbs
I harvested my last russian tarragon, and used it in this autumn tortellini recipe. Tortellini with Mushroom and Tarragon Sauce Ingredients 250g mushrooms (or meat) tortel...

Recipe: Thai Basil Pesto - September 24, 2009
Sauces, dressings and dips with herbs
Thai basil has a wilder aroma than regular basil, it tastes of lemon... and it's so productive that often goes out of control. Every year I grow only few thai basil plants: they r...

Recipe: Cheese and Basil Pasta - September 22, 2009
Pasta with aromatic herbs
In the picture the ingredients for this pasta gratin: celery, chives garlic, basil, sweet chilies, cheese. I decided to try always different kind of pasta instead of the usual o...

Recipe: White Bean Soup with Thyme - September 18, 2009
Soups with aromatic herbs
I used some fresh wild thyme for this warm soup. White Bean Soup with Thyme Ingredients 250g tinned Cannellini Beans 1 bay leaf 1 onion 1 carrot 1 celery stalk 1 toma...

Recipe: Indian Yogurth Sauce with Coriander - September 17, 2009
Sauces, dressings and dips with herbs
A quick sauce, with fresh coriander and spices, to serve with many indian dishes or fried snacks. Indian Yogurth Sauce with Coriander Ingredients 125g whole yogurt 1 tbsp. ...

Recipe: Pickled Green Purslane - September 16, 2009
Vegetable recipes with herbs
I've harvested so much green purslane that I decided to prepare pickled purslane. Picked purslane can be stored in the fridge, and used in hamburgers and salads. Pickled ...

Recipe: Tomato Savory Tart with Oregano - September 14, 2009
Savory pies and pizza with herbs
I'm growing tomatos for the first year: the Green Zebra Tomato, with its strange stripes, and the Corleone Tomato, with a strong taste. With Corleone Tomatoes and puff pastry, I p...

Recipe: Grilled Vegetables with Garlic Sauce - September 11, 2009
Salads with aromatic herbs
To prepare this traditional spanish appetizer, you can mix white yogurt with mayonnaise instead of using mayonnaise only. The sauce will be more light and healthy. Grilled V...

Recipe: Yellow Biryani with Coriander - September 08, 2009
Rice recipes with aromatic herbs
The secret of this recipe is the rice: use a Basmati Rice. It's an aromatic rice with long grains, that will absorbe the flavour of all the ingredients. For the chili lovers: fo...

Recipe: Cauldron Meatballs - September 08, 2009
Meat and poultry recipes with herbs
In Ancient Celts houses, the cauldron was always on the fire, and every day were new ingredients added to the soup: meat, vegetables, game. Only one or two times in a year the cau...

Recipe: Tuna Sandwiches with Nigella and Thai Basil - September 03, 2009
Sandwiches and bruschetta with herbs
During summer I love fresh and light meals, and this sandwiches were so tasty that I prepared them many times this month. Tuna Sandwiches with Nigella and Thai Basil Ingred...

Recipe: Cucumber, Herbs and Poppy Seed Salad - August 29, 2009
Salads with aromatic herbs
I knew Poppy Seeds as a spice used on bread... but I didn't know that it can be used also on salads. Ganga from the blog A Life (Time) of Cooking prepared a Cucumber, Herbs and Pop...

Recipe: Praga Ham Sandwiches with Corn Salad - July 28, 2009
Sandwiches and bruschetta with herbs
A tasty sandwich with hummus, Praga ham and corn salad. Hummus is an ancient egyptian sauce, prepared with chickpeas or cannellini beans, sesame paste and aromatic herbs: you can ...

Recipe: Bruschetta and Roasted Chilies with Calamint Sauce - July 28, 2009
Sandwiches and bruschetta with herbs
This is the last of the recipes from my chili pepper first harvest of the year. I prepared an herb sauce for bruschetta with calamint, and used it to stuff some mild chilies: Tr...

Recipe: Herbal Cream Cheese - July 24, 2009
Sauces, dressings and dips with herbs
Store bought herbal cream cheese is good... but homemade one is better. Use aromatic herbs of your choice, but always include garlic. Herbal Cream Cheese Ingredients 10...

Recipe: Green Purslane Salad with Eggs - July 22, 2009
Salads with aromatic herbs
It's too hot and all my green purslane plants started to bloom and they will produce tiny leaves from now. Maybe I will harvest more during September and October. Green Pur...

Recipe: Onion Keftedes (Fritters) with mint - July 19, 2009
Vegetarian and vegan recipes with herbs
A traditional greek recipe: vegetarian fritters with horsemint, a mint variety perfect for every mediterranean recipe. Onion Keftedes (Fritters) with mint Ingredients 200g oni...

Recipe: Roast Ham Sandwiches with Chervil - July 17, 2009
Sandwiches and bruschetta with herbs
I'm growing chervil for the first year and it's surprising me. After a few weeks after the sowing it was ready to be harvested and from a small pot like this I harvest 2 cups of le...

Recipe: Sardines Bucatini Pasta with Wild Fennel - July 16, 2009
Pasta with aromatic herbs
Wild fennel seeds are often used as a spice. The leaves of the plant can be used too, in many recipes as Green Tagliatelle, or this traditional sicilian recipe. Sardines Bucatin...

Recipe: Coconut Rice with Peanut Butter and Curry Plant - July 12, 2009
Rice recipes with aromatic herbs
I buyed Helichrysum italicum because I liked the flavour of its leaves... but I couldn't understand what it was like. Then I found out that the english name is Curry Plant and then...

Recipe: Kamut Soup with Coriander and Mint - July 09, 2009
Soups with aromatic herbs
I received kamut as a gift, and I find out its incredible history: it's a cereal from Ancient Egypt, almost forgotten, and re-discovered in 1990. It has many proteins and minerals...

Recipe: Aubergines Salad with White Mint - July 08, 2009
Salads with aromatic herbs
I use white mint mainly as an herbal tea, because of its refreshing aroma. It can also be used as an aromatic herb, and it's more strong than regular mint. Aubergines Salad...

Recipe: Grilled Sword Fish with Herbs - July 07, 2009
Spices and Aromatic Herbs Mixtures
Aromatic breadcrumbs is a simple idea, easy to prepare and amazing to use. You can store it in a jar, and use to coat meat or fish instead of simple breadcrumbs. Aromatic b...

Recipe: Clams Spaghetti with Parsley - July 04, 2009
Pasta with aromatic herbs
Many years ago, saying he's like parsley in Italy meant that someone -a politician or a showman- was everywhere. Now I didn't hear this anymore, and I'm asking: is it because pars...

Recipe: Mozzarella Salad with Herbs - June 30, 2009
Salads with aromatic herbs
As I told you during the WHB recap, I've already tried Kalyn's recipe, Marinated Fresh Mozzarella with Herbs. I didn't have mozzarella pearls in the fridge, so I used mozzarella c...

Recipe: Mediterranean Chicken Kebabs - June 29, 2009
Meat and poultry recipes with herbs
I'm trying to create the perfect meatballs recipe, but I must admit that I try often different recipes, like this one, with fresh parsley, coriander and lemon zest. Mediterranea...

Recipe: Tuna and Sweet Pepper Pasta with Herbes de Provence - June 28, 2009
Pasta with aromatic herbs
Herbes de Provence (Provençal herbs) is a mixture of dried herbs, which includes basil, fennel, lavender, savory and thyme. Many add also: bay, tarragon, marjoram, mint, oregano, r...

Recipe: Moroccan Cucumber and Mint Salad - June 27, 2009
Salads with aromatic herbs
Mint is used spreadly in moroccan cuisine, in fresh drinks or as an aromatic herb on couscous, salads, meat dishes. You can use dried mint or frozen mint, but fresh mint harvested ...

Recipe: Ciabatta with Marjoram Omelette - June 27, 2009
Omelettes and egg recipes with herbs
I have a lot of fresh marjoram this year, and today I harvested only flowers. Round, green and fleshy, they gave an incredible aroma to this ciabatta (bread) with omelette. ...

Recipe: Hot Green Purslane Salad - June 26, 2009
Salads with aromatic herbs
Green Purslane is a selfseeding herb that grows each summer in my pots. When the plants are big enough, I harvest the main stems, leaving the lower stems and roots: the plants will...

Recipe: Thai Prawn Toasts with Coriander - June 25, 2009
Fish with aromatic herbs
As I told in a previous post (Fried Bananas with Coconut and Sesame Seeds), Thai cuisine uses many herbs and spices that I grow in my garden. One of these is fresh coriander, alway...

Recipe: Radish Leaves Omelette with Nira - June 23, 2009
Omelettes and egg recipes with herbs
Do you remember Hummus con insalata estiva that I posted a few days ago? This is a picture of the radishes used in ths summer salad, before the harvest. Did you think that I wast...

Recipe: Hummus with Summer Salad - June 20, 2009
Sauces, dressings and dips with herbs
I harvested my Summer White radishes, spicy and delicious, some celery and parsley. I craved for something fresh and light, and I prepared this hummus with a summer salad. Summ...

Recipe: Corn Salad with Thai Basil - June 18, 2009
Salads with aromatic herbs
Thai Basil has a lemon-like aroma, that is perfect for fresh summer salads like this. Lemon balm aroma is more delicate, and I added to this salad too. Corn Salad with Thai ...

Recipe: Pasta with Asparagus and Aromatic Herbs - June 16, 2009
Pasta with aromatic herbs
I like to use each aromatic herb alone, to appreciate their aroma... but it's also true that a mixture of herbs could be the main ingredient in recipes like this pasta. In the p...

Recipe: Fried Sage - June 15, 2009
Appetizers with aromatic herbs
Sage was one of my first aromatic herbs, when I had only four or five pots of them. Every year, when it's time to harvest it, I prepare this crunchy appetizer. Fried Sage I...

Recipe: Sage and Courgette Bruschetta with Green Tomatoes - June 13, 2009
Sandwiches and bruschetta with herbs
Tomatoes are green, and they're perfect with this big aromatic bruschetta. Sage and Courgette Bruschetta with Green Tomatoes Ingredients 2 bread slices, 2cm 20g dried mus...

Recipe: Tortilla de Patatas with Rosemary - June 11, 2009
Omelettes and egg recipes with herbs
The original spanish Tortilla de patatas is prepared only with eggs and potatoes. This is one of the thousand different versions that can be cooked: with onion and rosemary. ...

Recipe: Carrot Soup with Basil - June 09, 2009
Soups with aromatic herbs
My Holy Basil is ready for the first harvest. I didn't know anything about this kind of basil, and I find out that it's very delicate, and it remembers me lemon or orange aroma. ...

Recipe: Italian 'Pasta alla Norma' - June 06, 2009
Pasta with aromatic herbs
Pasta alla Norma is a traditional recipe from Sicily, with simple ingredients: aubergines, tomatoes... and basil. I used the first harvest of few leaves to prepare it. I don't k...

Recipe: Indian Ginger and Garlic Bread - June 06, 2009
Bread with aromatic herbs
An indian bread recipe, with garlic, ginger and chives. Serve with a yogurth sauce or a chutney. Indian Ginger and Garlic Bread Ingredients 200g durum wheat flour 75ml wa...

Recipe: Artichokes Salad with Sage - June 05, 2009
Salads with aromatic herbs
My sage is finally ready to be harvested. I used it with artichokes, instead of the usual parsley. Artichokes Salad with Sage Ingredients Serves four: 6 artichokes hearts 10...

Recipe: Clams Soup with Chives - June 02, 2009
Soups with aromatic herbs
Chives is selfseeding and reborn every spring. It produces many leaves, it's easy to harvest and wash and its aroma is similar to onion, but more delicate. Clams Soup with C...

Recipe: Bagna Cauda (Garlic Dip) - June 01, 2009
Sauces, dressings and dips with herbs
Bagna Cauda is a traditional recipe from Piedmont, an italian region. It's a garlic dip, served hot with fresh vegetables... but words can't really explain it! The only secret is...

Recipe: Four Cheeses Pasta with Marjoram - May 30, 2009
Pasta with aromatic herbs
Tired of marjoram recipes? Well, I'm not! Four Cheeses Pasta is an italian classic, every family has it's own recipe. I guess it's similar to the american Mac and Cheese... let me...

Recipe: Gnocchi with Pesto and Roasted Peppers - May 27, 2009
Pasta with aromatic herbs
I will harvest basil soon, and then I will enjoy the first pesto of the season. Pesto can be freezed easily: it will loose some flavour, but you can eat it in the winter too! With...

Recipe: Flowers Tea - May 23, 2009
Herbal and spiced teas
It's blooming time, and I start to harvest some flowers to dry and store them for winter herbal teas. These are clover flowers, roses and bitter orange flowers. When they w...

Recipe: Rosemary Bread - May 22, 2009
Bread with aromatic herbs
A traditional herb bread recipe, the rosemary matches the rustic taste of buckwheat flour. Enjoy it fresh baked, or serve with some delicate cheese. Rosemary Bread Ingredie...

Recipe: Broad Beans Soup with Mint - May 19, 2009
Soups with aromatic herbs
Mint gives a fresh aroma to this creamy soup. You can serve it hot or warmish. Broad Beans Soup with Mint Ingredients Serves two: 200g fresh broad beans 75g bacon 2 cel...

Recipe: Mushroom Risotto with Calamint - May 18, 2009
Rice recipes with aromatic herbs
Three years ago, my mother gave me a calamint plant she found on the Pyrenees. It grew fast, and it has a dishevelled look and a wild flavour. When you harvest calamint, you sh...

Recipe: Carrot and Mint Cake - May 17, 2009
Dessert recipes with herbs
When I tried Coconut, chocolate and mint cake I found out that adding mint to cake recipes makes them more interesting. These are my yellow carrots... ok, I just wanted to show ...

Recipe: Potato Casserole with Parsley - May 16, 2009
Savory pies and pizza with herbs
Parsley is a famous aromatic herb... that's the reason why I don't talk about it often. It's great with fish or mushrooms, but maybe you don't know that it's perfect on potatoes to...

Recipe: Gnocchi with Bacon and Marjoram - May 16, 2009
Pasta with aromatic herbs
I know, another marjoram recipe... but it's spring and it's so fresh that you have to use it! Gnocchi with Bacon and Marjoram Ingredients 400g gnocchi 1 tbsp butter half...

Recipe: Rice Omelet with Thyme - May 14, 2009
Omelettes and egg recipes with herbs
Many years ago, during a trip to Greece, I smelled an incredible aroma on a sunny island. I searched every local market until I found out that it was thyme. Since then, I always h...

Recipe: Caraway Muffins - May 14, 2009
Savory pastries with aromatic herbs
I love sweet muffins, but I like to bake savory muffins too, soft snacks that will disappear after a few hours like these ones with caraway seeds. Caraway Muffins Ingredien...

Recipe: Rice with Cheese and Ajwain - May 13, 2009
Rice recipes with aromatic herbs
Ajwain is a spice used in indian cuisine, it has a cumin-like flavour, and somehow it remembers me the thyme dried leaves. I sowed this year for the first time, but I also use t...

Recipe: Asparagus Soup with Marjoram - May 12, 2009
Soups with aromatic herbs
It's harvest time for marjoram, you can dry it and store for the winter. Meanwhile, use it fresh for many recipes: cheese, pasta, or hot spring soups like this one. Asparag...

Recipe: Leek and peas pasta - May 09, 2009
Pasta with aromatic herbs
Ok don't laugh... these tiny leaves are my leeks. Leeks should be harvested in autumn, so I hope that they will grow. Meanwhile, with stor bought leeks, I create recipes for th...

Recipe: Cauliflower Curry with Coriander - May 08, 2009
Soups with spices and aromatic herbs
This recipe of curry is made with the very first green pepper of the year, the Hot Jim Hybrid, coriander and lemons from my garden. Cauliflower Curry with Coriander Ingredi...

Recipe: Spanish Garlic Soup - May 06, 2009
Soups with aromatic herbs
Garlic Soup is a tipical Spanish dish: it's often prepared with chorizo or other spanish sausages, but I choose to prepare this vegetarian version. This soup is supposed to be h...

Recipe: Chickpeas with amchoor and coriander - April 29, 2009
Soups with spices and aromatic herbs
The amchoor is powdered mango, an indian spice used mainly in curries. The pepper that I used in this recipe is Mexican Red Cayenne, harvested last summer and dried. Chickp...

Recipe: Vegetarian 'Pizza Capricciosa' - April 29, 2009
Savory pies and pizza with herbs
In Italy every pizzeria has Pizza Capricciosa on its menu, and the original recipe contains ham: I wanted to create a vegetarian version of this famous pizza, using onion instead o...

Recipe: Potato Croquettes with Speck Ham and Marjoram - April 28, 2009
Fritters with aromatic herbs
I read that marjoram is a biennal plant... but the plants in my garden are three years old and produce many fresh leaves, so they taught me that marjoram is a perennial. Lucky me,...

Recipe: Vegetarian Tempura with Nira - April 25, 2009
Rice recipes with aromatic herbs
Tempura is a classic Japanese dish of deep fried battered vegetables or seafood, generally served on rice. I cooked a vegetarian tempura, that uses Nira leaves from my garden. A...

Recipe: Dandelion Salad with Winter Radishes - April 21, 2009
Salads with aromatic herbs
Dandelion is emerging from winter dormancy, and producing new leaves. To be honest, they're too few to be harvested, but spring leaves are sweet and tender, perfect for a small sa...

Recipe: Stir-fried Noodles with Nira - April 19, 2009
Pasta with aromatic herbs
Last year I sowed some chives garlic or Nira (Allium tuberosum). It's similar to chives, but more flavorful and with larger leaves. After a short winter dormancy, the plants are p...

Recipe: Baked Broad Beans with Balm - April 09, 2009
Soups with aromatic herbs
As I told some posts ago, my lemon balm is producing many giant leaves. Balm leaves have a lemon-like flavour, and can be used in herbal teas, or added to China Black Tea. They ca...

Recipe: Botargo Spaghetti with Balm Leaves - April 07, 2009
Pasta with aromatic herbs
It's spring and my balm plant is producing many giant leaves. I used balm mainly in herbal teas, but its delicate, lemon-like flavor it's perfect for many dishes, like this trad...

Recipe: Potatoes Thai Curry - October 08, 2008
Soups with spices and aromatic herbs
A quick recipe that uses the Thai Curry Paste prepared some posts ago. Potatoes Thai Curry Ingredients 2 potatoes 100ml coconut cream 1/2 glass Thai Green Curry Paste 1...

Recipe: New Potatoes with Catnip - September 16, 2008
Vegetable recipes with herbs
When I bought catnip (or catmint) seeds, I imagined my cat will enjoy it. They were difficult to grow, with long germination times, but I told to myself that my cat deserves such ...

Recipe: Crepes with mushrooms and marjoram - September 08, 2008
Crepes, pancakes and tortillas with herbs
I've harvested a lot of marjoram this year from my garden, so I'm trying it in some new recipes. I was craving some lasagna-like recipe, so I prepared some crepes. These ones are...

Recipe: Green Purslane Salad with Oregano - August 26, 2008
Salads with aromatic herbs
Garden or Green Purslane self-seeds in my pots every year. It's a weed, it dies in autumn and emerges in May, growing really fast. I'm always glad to see it again, and its fleshy l...

Recipe: Pasta with Almond Pesto - July 29, 2008
Pasta with aromatic herbs
I grew garlic for the first time this year, but I only got single-clove plants. They're small, but taste really good. In the picture you can see one of these cloves, with thai...

Recipe: Herb Moon Fritters with lavender - July 19, 2008
Fritters with aromatic herbs
Yesterday it was the Herb Moon (July full moon), but I got home late from work and I didn't have enough time for cooking. So I prepared an iced lemonade, and chose herb fritters in...

Recipe: Chocolate and Cinnamon Basil Patties - July 07, 2008
Dessert recipes with herbs
This year I'm growing some basil varieties, exploring many recipes with them. Cinnamon basil, with is incredible scent, it's really good as an herbal tea and this recipe is perfect...

Recipe: Grilled Tuna Salad with Thai Basil - July 02, 2008
Salads with aromatic herbs
Ispired by Kalyn's Leftover Salmon Salad Recipe with Yogurt and Dill, I prepared this fish salad. The ingredients are different, but the idea is the same. I choose thai basil in...

Recipe: Broken Pizza with Arugula and Basil - June 23, 2008
Savory pies and pizza with herbs
I love pizza. This unusual idea can be served as a salad, as a single course, or even as an appetizer for a pizza-dinner with friends... while you're waiting for the pizza to be r...

Recipe: Basil and Zucchini Tortellini - May 22, 2008
Pasta with aromatic herbs
I was craving for some pasta, but light, tasty and quick... Impossible? Try this recipe, then tell me! Basil and Zucchini Tortellini Ingredients 200g spinach and ricotta...

Recipe: Three Cheese Sauces from Ancient Rome - May 15, 2008
Sauces, dressings and dips with herbs
I have tasted dishes from several different countries all around the globe. Strange and favolous ingredients, spices and herbs of many kinds... Though, it is when I try some histor...

Recipe: Potato Balls with mint and coriander - May 12, 2008
Vegetable recipes with herbs
I'm not posting about my plants, because for time-and-health problems I'm not visiting my garden very often. But I'm still cooking, healthy and tasty recipes like this one. Pot...

Recipe: Fruit and Mint Milkshake - May 02, 2008
Dessert recipes with herbs
This mint is called longifolia in latin, which means with long leaves but these leaves are exagerately big! Their only fault? They're not from my garden, my uncle gave them to me....

Recipe: Dandelion Salad with Egg Seasoning - April 30, 2008
Salads with aromatic herbs
With my dandelion leaves first harvest I prepared a salad, here is the recipe. The taste of cider vinegar in the egg sauce really surprised me. Dandelion Salad with Egg Seas...

Recipe: Herbal vinegar - April 28, 2008
Sauces, dressings and dips with herbs
It's my first experiment with the herbal vinegars, and I started with small quantities of it. They look great, and I can't wait to taste them, to find out if they taste great too. ...

(Ita) Ricetta: Bacon in carrozza con rosmarino e salvia - April 24, 2008


Recipe: Wild Fennel Pie with Cumin - April 21, 2008
Savory pies and pizza with herbs
The wild fennel omelette is a classic recipe here in Sicily. This is a theme variation, oven-cooked instead of fried. Cumin seeds add an extraordinary flavour to the pie. W...

Recipe: Fresh Raw Artichoke Salad with Parsley and Chives - April 17, 2008
Salads with aromatic herbs
Parsley and chives make this spring salad very tasty. Fresh Raw Artichoke Salad with Parsley and Chives Ingredients Serves two: 6 artichokes 3 oranges (red or yellow) 2...

Recipe: Green Tagliatelle - April 11, 2008
Pasta with aromatic herbs
Prepare fresh pasta requires some time, but it's so relaxing that I wish I could make it often. My only advise: don't despair. When you will pass the dough through the rollers for...

Recipe: Mint & herbs tea - April 07, 2008
Herbal and spiced teas
Many perennials are emerging from their winter dormancy and now are ready to be harvested. So it's time for a good afternoon tea. From the left: Calamint (Calamintha officinalis...

Recipe: Aromatic spring risotto - March 20, 2008
Rice recipes with aromatic herbs
I harvested some fresh herbs in my garden today, and cooked this spring risotto. Aromatic spring risotto Ingredients Serves four: 400g arborio rice 2 red onions 4 sprig...

Recipe: Potato Rosti with Dill - March 14, 2008
Fritters with aromatic herbs
Dill is one of my favourite herbs, and its aroma is perfect on these quick appetizers. Potato Rosti with Dill Ingredients 300g potatoes 2 sprigs of dill olive oil Dir...

Recipe: Coconut, chocolate and mint cake - March 09, 2008
Dessert recipes with herbs
This cake is really quick and easy. I added some mint leaves to my original recipe, using the strong (but not too much) horsemint. Coconut, chocolate and mint cake Ingredie...

(Ita) Ricetta: Nachos con salsiccia e coriandolo - March 04, 2008


(Ita) Ricetta: Frittata di zucca e timo citriodoro - January 31, 2008


Recipe: Nettle and Cinnamon Omelette - January 08, 2008
Omelettes and egg recipes with herbs
The nettle is grown in these winter days, menacing the juniper cuttings. So I used these tender crowns for an appetizer, Arabic-styled, ready in 15 minutes. Remember to use gau...

(Ita) Ricetta: Moussaka bulgara alla santoreggia - November 02, 2007


(Ita) Ricetta: Antipasti alle erbe - October 20, 2007


(Ita) Ricetta: Tisana dolce al mandarino e ortica - October 16, 2007


Recipe: Aromatic Herbs Cheese - October 15, 2007
Appetizers with aromatic herbs
A simple recipe with uses some common aromatic herbs. Cheese and its herbs dressing shoud rest in the refrigerator... if you can wait. Aromatic Herbs Cheese Ingredients Serve...

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