Posts Tagged ‘capers’



This is a vegetarian recipe typical from Italy, it’s a nice choice to eat just the caponata or to serve aside with some meat or fish; it is also great if you bring it to work in a tupper, for example with some pasta or cous-cous.

Ingredients (for 2 people):

  • 2 eggplants
  • 1 onion
  • 5 tomatos
  • A bunch of parsley
  • 12 olives
  • 2 tablespoon of capers
  • 2 tablespoons of oregano
  • Herbal vinegar

First lets cut the ingredients. Cut the eggplants in medium pieces, like splitting the eggplant in two longitudinally, and then each part cut in 4 longitudinally, and finally cut in pieces of about one finger and half width. Chop one onion. Divide the stalks and leaves of a bunch of parsley and chop them. Remove the peduncles of 5 tomatoes and cut the tomatoes not so small pieces.

Once we have the ingredients cut, let’s start cooking. Put a bit of olive oil in a pot. Add the eggplant, some salt, some ground pepper and two tablespoons of oregano (I’ve forgot this step while recording the video so I will add later), in order to avoid adding too much olive oil, stir frequently and add just a bit if needed. After five minutes add the onion, the chopped parsley stalks and 3-4 crushed garlic cloves. Stir and cook for 2 minutes and add just a bit of olive oil. Add 12 olives (or more if you like them), 2 tablespoon of capers and a bit of herbal vinegar. Cook until the vinegar evaporates and then add the tomatoes and some salt. As I’ve forgot to add oregano at the beginning I add it now mix well everything, cover the pot with a lid and cook for about 15-20 minutes.

After this time, turn off the heat, add the chopped leaves of parsley, cover the pot again with the lid and let rest for about 10 minutes before serving.


Music played in the video (Airport Lounge) was composed by Kevin MacLeod (, also he is the owner of song’s rights which are released under a CC-BY.

Orecchiette with broccoli


I’ve tasted orecchiette  for first time at Milan when I was working there, so this recipe remember me those days, but just for the pasta because never tasted (unfortunately) this recipe. Without anchovies this will become a great vegetarian recipe.

Ingredients (for 3-4 people):

  • 200 gr orecchiette
  • 1 bunch of broccoli
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 anchovies can
  • 2 spoons of capers
  • Parmesan cheese

Cut the broccoli placing the edge of knive near to those tree shape bulbs. Don’t throw away the rest of broccoli, put them on a blender and add 2 garlic cloves, a tin of anchoives and 2 small spoons of capers. Blend it well.

Put watter on a pot, and when is starting to boil add a bunch of salt and the orecchiette. After 5 minutes add broccoli to the pot, and let cook for 10 minutes.

5 minutes before broccoli and pasta are ready and the blended mix on a pan with hot oil.  Move to avoid it to get stuck to the pan. After 2 minutes add 2 big spoons of water from the pot where broccoli is cooking. When broccoli is ready, strain add add broccoli and pasta to the pan. Add grated parmesan cheese, and cook while moving for a couple of minutes. After serving you can add more grated parmesan cheese.

Orecchiette with broccoli

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