Barley Pilaf

An old favourite of mine; excellent served with roast pork loin, especially a juicy, bone-in roast . I also use it as an accompaniment to my hazelnut chicken breasts and anything else that takes my fancy! Like I said before, I love barley. If I have leftovers, they will become part of a soup.  You … Continue reading Barley Pilaf

Barley Risotto

There’s something so yummy & comforting about barley no matter how it’s cooked! A couple of months ago at a restaurant in London, I had a “rice” pudding made with barley instead of rice. It was wonderful! I could eat it every day for breakfast but it would be a guilty pleasure if I did. … Continue reading Barley Risotto

Farro Risotto With Red Wine

This is an excellent “risotto” made using farro. It is terrific in the winter or fall as a first course, perhaps followed by a roasted bird or meat of your choice. Makes 3 – 4 First Course Servings 2 Tbsp. EVO 2 small shallots, chopped fine 200 grams farro perlato (semi-pearled)** 1 ½ cups Chianti … Continue reading Farro Risotto With Red Wine

Milanese Rice

I like to make this rice, a baked “risotto” to accompany Osso Bucco. It’s not the usual cooked on top of the stove, stirring almost constantly, so it does make things a little easier for the cook. However, feel free to change it up & do it the traditional way! I love the saffron in … Continue reading Milanese Rice

Creamy Polenta

For a printer friendly version of this recipe, click here. This version of polenta is basically one that requires very little stirring;  a good thing in my eyes! 4 cups water 1 tsp. salt 1 cup polenta (not quick-cooking) 2 Tbsp. unsalted butter **If you like you can put a bit of fresh thyme in the … Continue reading Creamy Polenta

Polenta With Fontina And Thyme

I made this polenta the first time on a rainy November night and served it alongside braised lamb shanks. It was the absolute perfect thing to accompany the lamb. But, don’t hesitate to serve with steak, chicken or pork. How about grilled Italian sausages or Italian sausages braised with bell peppers, onions & tomato sauce? Go … Continue reading Polenta With Fontina And Thyme

Middle Eastern Couscous

This couscous would make an excellent accompaniment to Lamb. Makes 6 Servings 1 ½ cups water 2 Tbsp. butter 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice 1 tsp. salt 1 ½ cups couscous ½ cup green peas, blanched if fresh or thawed if frozen 1/3 cup dried apricots, diced 1/3 cup raisins, soaked in hot water if dried out … Continue reading Middle Eastern Couscous