Recipes

Anchovy Balls

Sardines and anchovies were some of the classic favorites of my family when I was a little girl. At that time, the fish arrived to the countryside by means of street vendors who used bicycles as their mode of transportation. A certain lady who was nicknamed “Giovanna of the fish” […]

 

Fettuccine with Pear and Walnut Sauce

Some time ago, you could buy a small cookbook on pears along with the cookbook magazine. Knowing my passion for cooking, my husband, Lucio, bought one for me. I knew many of the recipes, but one of them struck me for its originality. It was spaghetti with pears and walnut […]

 

Gnocchi with Eggplant and Potatoes

During this strange summer my garden produced lots of eggplant so I decided to take an old recipe for “La Cucina Italiana” I had tried in the past from my Aunt Rita. The recipe is presented both in the classic version with a dressing made from fish and in a […]

 

Cherry Tomato Marinara Sauce

At Santa Caterina we have always prepared canned tomatoes for the winter, from peeled tomatoes to marinara sauce. Until a few years ago I was not doing these preparations, there was always someone else to do them, my mother or a neighbor. They spent time together, peeling tomatoes on sunny […]

 

Risotto with Red Wine from Vis

Our stay on the island of VIS (in Dalmatia, Croatia) started with a bottle of red wine from the Plavac grape variety, typical of this island, that the owner of the apartment brought as a welcome gift. A light in Lucio’s eyes twinkled, because we had agreed to abstain from […]

 

Roasted Fish from Vis

This simple recipe comes from the practice of philosophy: “to do with what you have.” In this case it is the opportunity of a freshly caught fish, wild rosemary island of VIS (Dalmatia) and a poorly equipped kitchen.  

 

Scampi from the Island of Vis

The island of Vis (in Dalmatia, Croatia) is famous for its shellfish. So during my trip there I asked the fishermen of the local fish market located in the harbor of Komiza if he could get me some scampi. The local restaurants were grabbing all the scampi up so they […]

 

Stewed Conger Eel from the Island of Vis

I had never seen a “conger eel” live, I had only seen pictures in fish books so I decided to buy some steaks to taste. The fisherman I was serving good round steaks but I saw some fillets and I also wanted two of those. He sat in awe, and […]