Meat Roll- ups, brasciole from Apulia

When I was a child, in my house in Apulia, Sunday wasn’t a respectable Sunday without a succulent dish of pasta al ragù di brasciole. Despite the name the pasta sauce does not contain the brasciole (the meat roll-ups); these are served separately after the pasta (as a secondo piatto in Italian), always accompanied by some good wine, like the well known Salice Salentino or Negroamaro (which at the time I was of course not allowed to drink :))

Thanks to Fabio, a long time friend, for giving us advices about this brasciole dish. 

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Sicilian orange cake – Pan d’arancio

A few days ago we announced that we would prepare a cake with Sicilian oranges. As we like to keep our promises :-), today we will present you this fragrant cake, the Pan d’arancio.

To prepare this traditional Sicilian cake we used Sanguinello blood oranges (a type of blood oranges), which come from Eastern Sicily. This variety has a pulp lightly streaked with red due to the presence of anthocyanins. The flavour is more intense and sweeter than other varieties of oranges.

We recently found Blood oranges at Mercatino delle verdure (Ca’- Cucina, Rebekkavej 49 – Hellerup), which has become our trusted supplier when it comes to high quality and special variety of fruit and vegetables.

If you live in the Copenhagen area then it’s easy for you to go and buy at Mercatino delle verdure. Otherwise, you can use other types of oranges to prepare this cake. The most important thing is to make sure to buy oranges whose provenance is certified and known, as you’ll use the entire orange.

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Spinach Lasagna roll-ups

Spinach is an essential component of this dish, so fresh and fleshy spinach gives a better result than frozen.
There are sure a lot of groceries where you’ll find spinach, but, if you are in Copenhagen area, we advice you to buy spinach at Mercatino delle verdure (Ca’- Cucina, Rebekkavej 49 – Hellerup). There you will find many other Italian fresh vegetables that Diego and Davide select carefully every week.

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Walkingwine: a street-wineshop

Walkingwine: an unconventional catering, the wine where you want it.

Last summer we randomly came across the inventors of a quite unusual way to taste and enjoy wine: a street wine – shop. Graziana and Giorgio, two Apulian business owners, a few months ago started their activity with the idea of bringing top quality local wine into the streets of Puglia with an equipped 3-wheeler.

“We are at our best in lonely places: nature, country side, cliffs, view points… where there’s nothing, we come, we bring the party, we go. Leaving the “nothing” in its own place” is their motto. Check their website.

We kept contact, and they offered to present a guest post with a pairing between a wine produced with grapes from the Apulian vineyards and a dish suggested by a local chef, whose flavours are enhanced by the characteristics of the wine.

The first column presents a white wine, Fiano – Salento IGT from I buongiorno, a fine wine collection created by the refined sommelier Teodosio Buongiorno, and made from ones of the best Apulian vineyards according to the age and characteristics of the land.

Teresa Buongiorno, the owner with Teodosio, of the Osteria Già sotto l’arco restaurant prepared a dish, “Steamed squilla mantis on chickpea cream” (the recipe below), which pairs with this wine the best.

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Baci Perugina

Literally meaning kisses, these pralines are usually a Saint Valentine’s gift, wrapped with a love note. Why not extending this tradition to the New Year’s Eve?  We prepared these sweets, wrapped in greetings and wishes for our friends, at our New Year’s Eve party.

We would like to give symbolically our lovely followers one of these kisses with our best wishes for a bright 2018!

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Easy steamed artichokes

If you are looking for a healthy yet delicious Christmas meal, Mercatino delle verdure (Ca’- Cucina, Rebekkavej 49 – Hellerup), is the best place to find fresh vegetables and vigorous fruit.

This week we bought fresh artichokes to prepare a dish which is sophisticated in its semplicity. The only thing that is necessary to make this dish perfect is fresh artichokes of high quality, like the ones we found at Mercatino delle verdure.

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Spaghetti with pesto alla trapanese

We are delighted to share the following video we loved making with Niklas Roar  www.foodroar.dk.

Enjoy watching the preparation of these scrumptious Spaghetti with pesto alla trapanese.

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An Italian Christmas on your Table

You can now find our first recipes collection on Amazon. With a simple swipe of a finger you can buy either the e-book or the paper version! Just start from the link below:

“An Italian Christmas on your table”

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Inside this collection you’ll find many delicious appetizer and cake recipes to bracket your Christmas meal with an Italian twist.
Thanks to our relatives and friends, we’ve been able to collect recipes from all over Italy, starting with a typical appetizer from North Italy, like the polenta with prawns, and ending your culinary journey with the Babà, a traditional dessert from Campania region in Southern Italy.

If you want to know more about few of our cakes recipes, take a sneak peak at the pictures below.

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Hazelnut cake

The best way to avoid the Christmas shopping frenzy is to be at home baking our hazelnuts cake with your children … and do not forget to play nice Christmas songs in the background!

When the cake is out of the oven, bring out all the Christmas decorations you have at home, and let your children adorn the cake as best as they can. Enjoy every single moment with your loved ones!

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Pasta with Black Cabbage Pesto

The black cabbage is a vegetable rich of antioxidants and anti-inflammatories. Therefore, this weekly recipe is not only quick but also healthy.

We are aware that black cabbage is not a common vegetable, especially out of Italy, but we’ve been lucky to find it at Mercatino delle verdure (Ca’- Cucina, Rebekkavej 49 – Hellerup).

If you are looking for some fresh products, imported from Italy, go visit the Mercatino delle verdure. We are sure you’ll find something to give an Italian twist to your table!

 

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