olive and anchovy bites

olive and anchovy bites

When we invite friends over for dinner, it’s always a new menu.  And after many years of entertaining, this can seem as though there’s nothing new left in the tank!  Which is what it felt like last Thursday.  We had invited our good friends over for a bite to eat on Friday and the day…

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homemade anchovy butter (umami-rich)

Making flavoured butter isn’t a new invention but when anchovies are added, you get a whole lotta umami-rich going on.  Say what?  Umami is a trendy foodie word for a pleasant savoury taste.  In a nutshell, something to pump up the flavour like adding a splash of fish sauce or lime juice.  I read that…

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Asparagus with Anchovy Butter

This recipe is from a friend of mine who owns a restaurant in Victoria, BC. Jo Zambri and her brother, Peter Zambri, opened Zambri’s seven years ago. It’s a wonderful restaurant and Peter is an amazingly talented chef. The combination of the brother/sister team plus their attentive and knowledgeable staff make for a pleasurable dining…

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creamy baked spaghetti with leeks and anchovies

baked spaghetti

Who doesn’t like a one-pot pasta dish?  This isn’t my first time making baked spaghetti and definitely won’t be the last.  I am always drawn to dishes that include anchovies and this baked spaghetti is a keeper!  I made it for two consecutive days, that’s how delicious it is! TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDelicious

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porchetta – Italian Street Food

porchetta (Italian street food)

Porchetta (por-ketta) is an Italian meat dish made from pork belly, wrapped around a pork loin, and roasted for several hours.  This is my first time making this and decided to leave the pork loin out for two reasons; it was my first time and I purchased a small piece of pork belly (750g).  I’ve…

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salsa verde (a classic Italian green sauce)

salsa verde - a delicious green sauce

Green sauce, you make my heart sing!  It has to be one of THE easiest and healthy sauces one can make.  But wait!  What is a green sauce, you ask?   If you have tried chimichurri, pesto, sauce vert or Mexican salsa verde you’ve tasted a green sauce.  Salsa verde is a rustic sauce that can…

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hummus (with a surprising ingredient)

hummus - with a suprising ingredient

Most of us have, at some point, enjoyed hummus either as a dip with pita bread and veggies or as a condiment slathered over a falafel.  The recipe is simple;  grab a can of chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans), garlic, tahini, lemon or lime juice, coriander and process in a blender.  Hummus is a healthy substitute…

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bruschetta with white anchovies

bruschetta with white anchovies

Bruschetta (pronounced bru-sketta) is a classic Italian appetizer consisting of toasted bread slices topped with fresh ripe tomatoes, fresh basil, and extra-virgin olive oil.  There are oodles of variations and I’ve named a few here for you to consider: smashed avocado with chopped tomatoes; zucchini goat cheese bruschetta; smoked salmon with mascarpone cheese. TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDelicious

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