Pasta e piselli – pasta with peas

Pasta e piselli
Make peas not war

I have been meaning to share the wonderful recipe of pasta e piselli for a while but never quite got there. As they say: there is always Continue reading

Chiacchiere di Carnevale – sweet fried ribbons

Chiacchiere di carnevale piled on top of each other
A few chiacchiere… A pile of scrumptiousness

Since I moved to London we have not been celebrating Carnival in February; it is all about Halloween in November instead. But I miss the Italian atmosphere so badly that I always try to bring a piece of Carnevale to London by making chiacchiere: thin and crispy, Continue reading

Rose di speck e ricotta – speck and ricotta roses

Roses of speck with ricotta
Roses: Could it get more romantic than this?

The other day I published my 60th post and realised how far I have come since that very first recipe I published a year ago. “La prima ricetta non si scorda mai“:-P (You never forget the very first recipe). Continue reading

Crostata alla marmellata – fruit jam pie

A slice of crostata alla marmellata. Utter bliss.
A slice of crostata solves all problems.

You know how the saying goes about a cup of tea, right? Well, I think that for many, many Italians a slice of crostata alla marmellata has the same healing and solving power as Continue reading

Frittata di maccheroni – pasta omelette

Big slice of frittata di maccheroni
It doesn’t get more comforting than this.

Frittata di maccheroni is one of those typical Neapolitan dishes that proves Neapolitans know their stuff when it comes to comfort food.

It’s a pasta-based dish and that already accounts for a big percentage of comfort. But we can’t stop there. We decided that Continue reading

Struffoli Napoletani – mini honey balls

Plate of struffoli
A feast for the eyes

Christmas may feel like a distant memory now and New Year’s resolutions may prevail over scrumptious food temptations, but for me it’s not too late to tell you about struffoli –  one of the most iconic Neapolitan desserts – and remind everyone that a bit of Continue reading

Pasta al forno – oven pasta bake

Pasta al forno with a nice crusty top
Perfectly arruscata.

What for many is just a pasta bake, for Italians – pasta al forno – is a whole world of tradition, memories and comfort. I really don’t know how I managed to put off posting this recipe for so long. It should have been one of the first to share on Coochinando both because of Continue reading

Palline cocco e cioccolato – mini coconut and chocolate balls

Palline cocco e cioccolato on a tray
Cocoa or coconut: mouthfuls of goodness

Sometimes it is heart-warming to know that there are yummy treats we can make in less than 5 minutes AND that will be ready to be enjoyed shortly after: no baking, no waiting, instant making and scoffing! And palline cocco e cioccolato perfectly fit into this category of treats.

What’s even more exciting is the fact that  Continue reading

Sartù di riso – Neapolitan rice timbale

Slice of sartu' di riso on a plate
Welcome to rice heaven…
With Neapolitan recipes there is a bit of an issue: there are so many fantabulous signature dishes that it is, on occasion, difficult to say which is the absolute best. And sartù di riso is one Continue reading