Posts Tagged "party food"

insalata russa rossa (pink potato salad)

Posted by on Dec 19, 2011 in main meal recipes | 1 comment

insalata russa rossa (pink potato salad)

I love it when I contact someone I interviewed in Italy to ask for recipe inspiration, and they hand me a gem wrapped up in their own family history.  This insanely pink salad has been a Christmas tradition for 3 generations in the family of Silvio Berlusconi’s image consultant. Presumably she never suggested that Italy’s flamboyant former Prime Minister should wear a beetroot coloured tie. It may have clashed somewhat with his slightly, er, orange complexion.  However this unusual but simple dish is a perfect accompaniment to cold meats such as ham and turkey. It’s really easy to make for a large number of people and is a fantastic quick meal for kids who are of course intrigued by the colour. Pink isn’t just for girls.

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salame al cioccolato (chocolate salami)

Posted by on Aug 22, 2011 in dessert recipes, favourites | 1 comment

salame al cioccolato (chocolate salami)

This fun no-cook chocolate recipe comes from a headmistress in Naples. She told me it’s a firm favourite at birthday parties. She should know. She has a family herself and has been a teacher for over 3 decades. I did a bit of a double take though when she sent me the recipe and I saw limoncello (lemon liqueur) on the list of ingredients. I called her up to check.  “Are you sure about limoncello for kids?” I asked. “You don’t have to use it” she answered, “rum works just as well”.  

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