Skip to content

Posts tagged ‘Mediterranean diet’

Olive Oil Gelato?

This week I am going to ask you to open your mind. I mean wide open. Now just a little bit wider. Okay, we are getting close.

When people come back from their Italian vacations, they can disagree on many things: where was the most romantic spot, which was the best bowl of pasta or who was the creepiest taxi driver. However, there is one thing they all agree on. The gelato. Read more

Bruschetta. Not just with tomatoes anymore…

It is summertime. Finally. And the heat has arrived, not complaining of course… but with the arrival of this kind of temperature, cooking big meals over the stove ends for me. Full stop. So….say hello to my good friend Bruschetta – and be sure to pronounce it right [brusˈketːa] so the Italians in the room don’t take offence. Read more

Mediterranean Monday: Cold Lentil Salad

For the last few weeks I have been craving lentils. A real deep lusty craving. And they say that when your body craves something, it is trying to tell you that you are lacking a particular nutrient, mineral or vitamin. So, since my craving didn’t involve something illegal or unhealthy… I thought I should listen. Read more

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