Italian Food · Main courses · Soups · Vegetarian

Passato di verdure – Green vegetable soup

They say temperatures here in Chicago are going to drop as much as -26C over the next few days. That’s without counting the wind chill.
Now, I do prefer cold to heat and I am of the “Layer Up and Suck It Up” school of thought, but -26C?!?!… You can find me hiding at home, either on the couch with cup of tea in hand or in the kitchen making a batch of soup, because I don’t really want to eat anything else right now. Maybe a small sandwich on the side. Yes, I like sandwiches with soup. Because I’m greedy.

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Italian Food · Main courses · Pescatarian

Braised octopus – Polpo in umido

Octopus

GAH! It’s cold outside and there is a snowstorm coming our way so I am just going to go ahead and leave this piece of sunshine on a plate here for you.
A slow braise that warms the house (and makes it smell DAH-LICIOUS!) and a bowl of food that is better than a hug in one of those giant knit blankets. Ok, maybe they are on the same level. Or maybe not, because the octopus stew also brings memories of meals at the warm Italian seaside so… You know.

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Italian Food · Main courses

Lentil and Ham Ragu

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For Christmas my family roasts a turkey, glazes a ham, makes coconut rice and peas, creams greens, steams tamales, mixes cranberry sauce, fights over mum’s cornbread and chestnut stuffing and opens presents sipping on cocktails and nibbling on panettone covered in zabaione cream.

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