End-of-Summer Figs, Goat Cheese and Ham Canape’

These last minute canapés are perfect to start an end-of-summer party. By using seasonal figs (black or green equally match well for these canapés) accompanied by the tanginess of a good goat cheese, you’ll offer your guests a flavour explosion.

We found the sweet black figs at Ca’ – Cucina, Take Away, Eat – In, Catering and Events (Rebekkavej 49 – Hellerup, Denmark). They are back after the summer with plenty of seasonal offers we warmly invite you to visit.

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Savoury Mediterranean Fish Stew

Seafood soup (zuppa di Pesce) is a typical Italian dish, mainly made along the Italian coasts. Every region facing the sea has its own recipe. The recipe changes according to the type of fish fished in the area. One of the most popular recipes is called the Il Caciucco alla Livornese from the Tirreno sea (Tuscany). This recipe was introduced a few centuries ago by coastal fishermen. They discovered a way to use the unsold fishing catch. The tradition states that, to prepare a good Cacciucco, you should have at least 5 different types of fish (of for each letter c in Cacciucco).

Here is our version of the fish stew. We prepared it with the seafood we found at our trusted fishmonger in Copenhagen.

With this recipe, we brought a taste of Mediterranean food on our table, to feel the longing of a summer which is unfortunately almost gone.

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Energizing Sweet Plum Gnocchi from Friuli Venezia Giulia

Plum Gnocchi are one of those dishes featuring the culinary tradition in Friuli Venezia Giulia (Italian Northeastern region). These Gnocchi actually have a Bohemian origin, as they were introduced when the Austro-Hungarian dominion was in the region.

When I’m in Italy for the autumn break to visit my husband’s family, my mother in law never fails to prepare these Gnocchi for me, as she knows that it is my favourite dish of her repertoire. Recently I was authorised to “steal” the recipe, which she jealously keeps in her recipe book, just because I had to share it on the blog 😉

This is a dish that can be served either as a main dish or as a dessert. In my family we use to eat it without pairing anything else beside as it is a complete meal in itself.  Perhaps the only thing you’ll want to ask at the very most, after eating a few, will be a digestive. :-))

(Francesca)

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Mediterranean Lemon Flavoured Spaghetti Topped with Crispy Crumb Bread

In southern Italy, many traditional recipes, especially those originating from the countryside, are topped with a homemade crispy crumb bread. This tradition derives from the olden days in which parmesan cheese was too expensive for peasants to buy, and they would use this crispy bread as an alternative.

The main aspect of this dish is the lemon flavour. The best lemons to use in this pasta are the fragrant lemons from the Amalfi coast (Campania region – Southern Italy). If you are lucky enough to find them, you will enjoy a very flavourful and tasty dish!

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Sicilian crunchy and sweet Dessert: Cannoli filled with Ricotta Cheese

The cannoli are one of the most popular Sicilian and Italian desserts in the world. They are made by a crunchy and slightly sweetened envelope filled with a sweet cream based of ricotta cheese and covered with candied fruit, chopped pistachios or chocolate flakes.
Today we are sharing the classical version with you: cannoli filled with sheep ricotta. This type of ricotta gives a more intense flavour and a thicker consistence to the cream.

Going around in Sicily you could taste different versions of these treats, either with chocolate in the shell dough, filled with custard, or filled with ice-cream.

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Let’s Eat Outside! Piadine Romagnole with Italian Cured Ham and Creamy Cheese

Our last suggestion for a summer meal is the stuffed Piadina. It’s a typical and traditional flat bread of Romagna, the eastern area of the EmiliaRomagna region.  Usually this crispy bread is filled with every kind of delicacies like cured meat, fresh cheese, greens but also with sweet ingredients. Today we suggest to fill this Piadina  with Prosciutto Crudo (Cured Ham) and Crescenza or Stracchino, two creamy cheeses. For a tastier piadina, we suggest you to use Stracchino. Enjoy the sun and this delicious food!

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Let’s eat outside! Mediterranean Cous Cous

In Sicily the Cous Cous is used daily for the preparation of numerous dishes and is well integrated into the local gastronomic tradition. The most famous event which sees the Cous Cous as the protagonist is held in San Vito lo Capo every summer in September. If you are going to spend your holiday in Sicily this is an event which is not to be missed out.

Meanwhile, try the following recipe to prepare a Mediterranean Cous Cous.

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Let’s Eat Outside! Mozzarella and Tomato Boats

For this recipe, you don’t need to scroll down to find the ingredients and the preparation method, as it is a very simple and easy. First, buy some San Marzano tomatoes (the amount depends on the number of guests you have) and a pack of cherry mozzarellas. Once at home, cut the tomatoes in half, scoop out the seeds and place one or two cherry mozzarellas into each of them. Decorate with a basil leaf and season with salt and a few drops of a good extra virgin olive oil.

That’s it! :-))

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