Spaghetti and Mussels

Serves 2 The weather is getting hotter and I bet you feeling like eating food that can have a cool and soothing effect with your taste buds. One of Japan’s favorite summer menus is Spaghetti with mussels and fresh tomatoes with parsley. If you have those plants in the garden you can make it fresh…

Blood Orange Spremuta

Serves 1 What I remember from my childhood days is on hot summer days when we had to go out to the market to stock our weekly groceries.We would stop by our favorite cafeteria and order fresh squeezed blood orange spremuta. Sometime I would have two of these thirst quenching drinks. I usually ask for…

Fried Squid Rings

Serves 3 This is actually a ‘calamari fritti’ recipe but I  already have a recipe on this. The difference is that the other recipe uses a batter and this recipe uses spiced flour. Both are tasty but this is more easier and faster to make. Somehow I am still fascinated how milk can tenderized the…

Salmon Sausage

Makes 4 little portions There are times that you just have no idea what meal you can serve to your toddler. I was watching television, it was a program on how to handle and educate babies to toddlers. It’s a one hour program, divided into several topics. At the end of the program they will…

Bistecca ala Fiorentina

Serve One There is one steak that has touch my heart so far “Bistecca ala Fiorentina” from Tuscan. Actually the marinate is so simple, only salt, black pepper and olive oil before grilling and lemon wedge after grilling. The emphasize of this steak is the source of the meat itself. The original traditional steak requires…

Eggplant Lasagna

Makes 20 cm pan When I am still working up very late at night trying to finish up some work in front of the computer. I usually watch cooking videos from “Cooking with Nonna“. One winning recipe they have is eggplant lasagna. The real recipe requires mortadella sausages and heaps of mozzarella. I was drooling…

Cassata Italiana Ice Cream

Makes 20 cm Ice Cream Cake There is a famous ice cream restaurant in Central Jakarta-Indonesia called ‘Ragusa’. The restaurant was founded in 1932 by the two Italian brothers Vizenzo Ragusa and Luigi Ragusa. They gave the business to their trusted partners when they decided to go back to Italy. The owner left the restaurant…