Chocolate Tart

Stuffed gnocchi with coloured vegetable topping

A dish encountered in Urbino Marche

Risotto with smoked salmon

Risotto with smoked salmon and peas

This risotto with smoked salmon and peas was part of an unbelievably lavish antipasti served at one of the best fish restaurants I have ever visited.

Meat rolls from Marche

Some people claim that each region in Italy have its own recipe for preparing meat rolls, and I have seen a few. This is recipe for meat rolls from Marche.

Roast lamb with curry and apricot sauce

Agnello con salsa al miele e albicocche
Curry, lentils, apricots and lamb are not ingredients you’d expect to find in Italian cooking, but this roast lamb with curry and apricot sauce is delicious

Normally you wouldn’t expect to find curry in Italia cooking, but some chefs like to play around with imported ingredients like Isidoro Consolini. He is allegedly the brains behind this composition that mix Asian, Arabic and Italian influences.

The result is surprising and delicate and definitely one of our family favourites.

2 lamb loin steaks
Olive oil
150 g red and green lentils

For the sauce
2 shallots
50 ml white wine
50 ml white vinegar
100 g dried apricots
3 tbsp honey
Mild curry powder

Start with the sauce. Peel and slice the shallots, fry them in olive oil, add wine and vinegar, and boil to let some of the liquid evaporate.
Chop up the dried apricots, and boil them with the shallots for 5 minutes.
Blend the sauce adding honey and curry to taste.
Fry the meat until brown on both sides.
Roast the lamb in a preheated oven (200°C/375°F) for about 20 minutes.
Serve the roast lamb with curry and apricot sauce with boiled lentils (Please note, that the photo cheats. Boiled red lentils turn into a grey mush, which frankly speaking, does not look very appealing).

If you like roast lamb with curry and apricot sauce you could also try:

Roast lamb with potatoes and herbs

Lamb recipe with dill

Roast lamb with radicchio

Roast lamb with curry and apricot sauce