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Mediterranean Monday: Pasta con Cime di Rapa

Cime di Rapa, also known as Rapini, Broccoli Rabe (or Raap or Raab), Broccoletti, Broccoli di Rape, Rape, Rappi or Friarielli is a veggie commonly found in many of the dishes of Southern Italy (in particular Basilicata , Puglia and Sicily). Read more

Mediterranean Monday: Pesto Trapanese

In keeping with the Pesto theme from last week and because I am writing this post from Trapani… today’s Mediterranean Monday recipe is Pesto Trapanese, a dish typical of western Sicily.

Pesto alla Trapanese is an ancient recipe that has its origins in the port of Trapani where the ships from Genoa on route to the Orient would stop. It was in fact the Genoan sailors that introduced pesto to the Sicilians. Read more

Mediterranean Monday: Pesto di Rucola

This week’s Mediterranean Monday recipe is Pesto di Rucola – my go-to summer entertaining recipe.

Rucola (Rocket if you are in the UK and Arugula if you are in Canada or the US) is a leafy green vegetable which looks like a longer open leaved lettuce. It has been grown in the Mediterranean since Roman times, is rich in Vitamin C and potassium and is considered an aphrodisiac – Read more

Mediterranean Mondays

May is Mediterranean Diet Month and in honour of that, here is some food for thought.

According to the Canadian Diabetes Association, more than 3 million people in Canada suffer from diabetes and 80% of those will die as a result of heart disease or stroke.  The onset of type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed through increased physical activity, healthy eating and weight loss. Read more

Olive Oil for Baking?

Everyone knows that Extra Virgin Olive Oil is one of the central elements in the Mediterranean diet. Used to dress salads, soups, pastas, grilled meat, saute and grill veggies, the base of most sauces… the list goes on and on. But few know EVOO also has a role in Italy and other mediterranean countries as a baking staple. Yes, I said baking!  Read more