Four Simple Everyday Recipes


Four simple Italian everyday recipes | Vegetarian

These days we are all spending a lot more time at home, so I decided to gather some photos I took this year and share 4 simple savoury recipes. Except the crostini, all recipes are by my friend Barbara Grande (who also offers cooking classes in Venice), who cooked them for me with great love! I must confess that I can't wait to go back to her house again, to see her work and savour her delicious preparations!


The recipes are based on vegetables, thus great for this period in which we should try to eat healthy and load up with vitamins. Hope you will enjoy them as much as I did. Meanwhile, stay safe and take good care of yourselves and of your dear ones!


P.S. All recipes serve two.

Radicchio Salad
Crostini with radicchio, blood oranges and black olives

CROSTINI WITH RADICCHIO, BLOOD ORANGES AND BLACK OLIVES


Ingredients:

6 slices of brown bread

1 blood orange

1 radicchio

12/15 black olives (I used taggiasche)

salt

black pepper

olive oil


Method:

1. Prepare your slices of brown bread and toast them a couple of minutes on both sides.

2. Wash the radicchio, dry well and chop roughly. Put in a bowl and keep aside.

3. Slice the orange in half, remove skin from one half and cut into small triangles. Squeeze the other half of the orange and combine the juice with some olive oil.

4. Add to the bowl of radicchio the sliced oranges, the pitched black olives, a pinch of salt and some ground pepper and pour over the orange juice and olive oil dressing. Mix with a spoon and top the crostini.


Alternative: in case you can't find the radicchio, rocket salad is a perfect variation ;-)

Homemade vegetable giardiniera recipe
Homemade vegetable giardiniera recipe
Homemade vegetable giardiniera recipe

HOMEMADE GIARDINIERA


Ingredients:

8/10 baby onions (or 5 spring onions cut in half with no tops)

1 yellow bell peppers

1 red bell pepper

1 celeriac

2 celery sticks

1 broccoli head

1 cauliflower head

2 carrots

3 laurel leaves

30 gr sugar

30 gr sea salt

1,5 lt white wine vinegar (or cider vinegar for a healthier version)

1,5 lt water


Method:

1. Wash all the veggies (peel carrots) under fresh water.

2. Cut the celeriac, carrots, and celery into small rectangles about 1 cm thick (0, 40 inches). Cut bell peppers in half, remove seeds and thinly slice lengthwise, then cut in half. Cut the broccoli and cauliflower heads into small pieces. Keep aside.

3. Put water and vinegar into a pot, add laurel leaves, salt, sugar and bring to the boil. Start adding carrots, broccoli and cauliflower and let cook for about 3 minutes at medium heat. Now add the bell peppers, baby onions, celeriac and celery and let cook for another 4 minutes.

4. With a skimmer, remove vegetables from water and let cool. Sterilise your jars and when the veggies are cooled, position them gently in the previously sterilised jars without pressing too much. Filter the cooled cooking water and pour into the jars, covering the veg completely but allowing about 1/2 cm from lid.

5. Close the jars and boil to pasteurise.


Tips:

To sterile jars properly, I suggest referring to The Spruce Eats guidelines.

To pasteurise, refer to Wikipedia's guidelines.

Orecchiette with broccoli and anchovies recipe
Orecchiette with broccoli and anchovies recipe