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Cucina Conversations: Timballo di Riso e Melanzane (Rice and Eggplant Timballo)

We are back! You may have noticed that our Cucina Conversations monthly posts missed a few months and that is because we have decided to now post quarterly to fit into our busy lives. This month is all about 'stuffed foods' and for me this means finally posting the recipe for the baked rice timballo encased with crispy golden melanzane (eggplants) I had promised to share a while back.  Truth be told, I had made and photographed this dish for our May edition but couldn't find the time to write about it. Many events got in the way and soon found myself in Italy, and no sooner back in the swing of work. So after a few quiet months, here she is. 
Those who are not familiar with the term timballo or sometimes called timpano, it refers to an elaborate dish typically layered with cooked pasta or rice, and often enriched with additional ingredients. It can be encased in many ways such as a golden crust of pasta, pastry sheets or even vegetable slices and then baked in a deep form…

Rome, Vegan Maritozzi & Latteria Studio

ROME - A Few Favourite Snapshots

Despite leaving Italy just over a week ago and returning back to work, I can still feel the presence of our family and friends we left behind. This whirlwind of a trip was both an opportunity for our girls to learn more about their roots and to further expand their appreciation of Italian art and culture. Just under four weeks were spent in regions that provided the pleasures of  visual and culinary lessons; and so I begin the first of many posts to come with our last destination - ROMA.

This is a city that finally grew on me after my second visit in 3 years; a city that with my first visit left me speechless. I was brought  back to familiar grounds but with a different quarter to explore and understand. It reunited me with my youngest cousin, giving her the opportunity to meet my family and became a destination point for a meet up with one of my Cucina Conversations fellow bloggers and friend - Maria Luisa at Marmellata di Cipolle. She travelled all t…