Chicory Stir Fry Medley

This Chicory Stir Fry Medley is the result of a recent discovery in the vegetable world on my part – asparagus chicory. This smallish, bushy looking vegetable actually packs a lot of flavor. Combining it with its sister plant, the red chicory, and the rest of the ingredients creates a delicious medley of flavours that I didn’t expect. It could almost stand on it’s own but makes a great side dish, even with a simple omelet. Continue reading

Quinoa Sausage and Pomegranate Stir Fry

This Quinoa Sausage and Pomegranate Stir Fry was created to substitute our traditional wild rice and sausage stuffing or side dish for Thanksgiving. It’s not always easy to find wild rice in Italy. Usually I’d bring it back to Italy from my summer visits to Minnesota where it grows in many of its northern lakes. There are over 10,000 lakes in my home state, so wild rice is pretty plentiful. At least it’s easy to find in your local supermarkets. Anyway, due to the lack of this delicious grain in Italy (by the way it’s not rice but a wild aquatic grass!) I came up with a delicious alternative – quinoa. It cooks quicker, only 10 minutes compared to the 40 of wild rice and it has an equally nutty flavour that pairs perfectly with the sausage and herbs. The pomegranate kernels add a refreshing tanginess. This stir fry tastes great with the turkey and could also be used as a stuffing. Continue reading

Kale Stir Fry Pasta

This delicious kale stir fry pasta makes a perfect one dish meal. Kale (cavolo riccio in Italian) by now we know as a superfood, contains countless minerals and phytonutrients. It has a rich but delicate taste that doesn’t come through as too “cabbagey”. I used practically no salt in this stir fry as the flavours are perfect the way they are. A dash of red peppers give it just the right amount of nippiness. You can find organically grown kale at the “Riccio” organic vegetable stand in the Monza market on Thursdays. Continue reading