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To Gnudi or not to Gnudi? That is the question!

I always find myself with an abundance of sage which needs to be cultivated to allow for new spring/summer growth.  Last year I decided to experiment and made sage pesto so not to waste any of the harvest.  I remember posting on Instagram and posing the question: "What do I do with so much sage?"  To my delight Emiko Davies responded: "Make sage and butter sauce for gnudi!"  In Italian, "gnudi" means "naked".  Hence a Tuscan specialty of ricotta cheese and spinach rolled into walnut sized balls, lightly cooked and then tossed into a butter and sage sauce and exquisitely delicious.

I have to admit that although I knew what gnudi were, I had never made them fearing the worst.  Instead, I would often make ravioli filled with ricotta and spinach, loving them encased in fresh home made pasta just the way mamma had taught me. So the notion of denuding them and turning them into gnudi filled me with as much trepidation as excitement.  I had  heard many …

The King of Vegetables - Stuffed Artichokes (Carciofi Ripieni)

Mamma has always been a keen researcher of all things herbal and remedial, and most of her favourite books are based around these topics.  Amongst the seasonal vegetables planted in their garden, you are bound to find some strange looking 'erbe' (herbs) that she has selectively planted.  Ask her what they are and she would happily engage in conversation with you about their medicinal values and how to prepare brews to remedy this and that.  So it is not surprising to know that I learnt a little about the health benefits of artichokes from her as well.  Did you know that eating artichokes improves digestion; its fibrous bracts (petals) are high in dietary fibre, rich in antioxidants and have significant properties that aid in healthy liver function?  Read on and you will learn more...
Ever since I can remember, my parents garden has provided us with most of our seasonal fruits and vegetables, and anything they couldn't grow was bought from the local market. A visit to the ma…