Orecchiette Pasta and Homemade Sweet Ricotta Calzoni from Matera – European Capital of Culture 2019

Thanks to Riccardo Casarico Photo for this scenic view of Matera – Italy

With this recipe we would like to celebrate the unique and appealing city of Matera, well known as the Stone City, and located in the Basilicata region – Southern Italy. This year Matera was awarded as the European Capital of Culture 2019, thanks to its unique beauty and history. Matera is famous worldwide for its Sassi: stone houses carved out of the caves and cliffs, dating back 7000 years ago. The best way to enjoy this surprising city is to get lost in the many alleys of this ancient part of the town. You will be surprised by the amount of churches, historical buildings and houses carved into the rock.

Thanks Rosanna and her sweet Mamma for giving us this delicious recipe from Matera. Traditionally, this dish is seasoned with a succulent pork meat tomato ragout and it’s prepared to celebrate the Mardi Gras lunch. In our version we made it easier to prepare, but not less tasty, as we seasoned it with a tomato sauce.

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Matching Food and Wine: Tagliatelle Pasta and Beans and Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG 2014 “Sopra Sasso” Red Wine

Pasta and Beans, or “Pasta e fagioli“,  is a traditional Italian peasant dish of which there are different regional variations, but this one is from the Veneto region.  It is an easy and cheap recipe made just with two main ingredients, precisely pasta and beans. I’m very fond of this recipe as it is one of those I inherited from my mother-in-law and I prepare for my husband  when he wants to feel at home and he wants to eat something other than Apulian dishes… he is from the Veneto region, by the way! 

Last time we ate Pasta and Beans, we uncorked a bottle of Amarone della Valopolicella 2014 DOCG “Sopra Sasso”, thanks to Vinimondo.dk. This robust wine, with dark cherry notes, made our dinner even more sublime.

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Energising Snack Bites

This milk slices send me back in time when I was a schoolgirl and my mum stuffed a so called “Merendina” in my backpack. In Italy it is very common to go to the store and pick up a pack of Merendine, which is the word to name sweet snacks. Now that it’s my turn to stuff my girl’s backpacks, I have to regretfully admit that I can’t do as my mom did, as the Merendine are not very common abroad. So to fill this lack I decided to find out a recipe as close as possible to the milk slice I’ve always adored to find once I opened my backpack. And here it is!💕

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Matching Food and Wine: Potato Focaccia – Red Wine Corte Fiore, Lupi Reali Appassimento

The Lupi Reali Appassimento is a Montepulciano-based red wine from the Italian region Abruzzo. The use of the appassimento process creates a wonderfully pleasing fruity wine with elements of dark cherries, spices and herbs. The aftertaste brings elements of ripe grape sweetness.

This wine is often served with potato-based dishes and pizzas but it also perfectly matches with different combinations of pasta.

We prepared a potato focaccia to better savour this wine and enhance its characteristics.  You should believe us when we say that this was a rather apt combination!

This wine is imported to Denmark from Vinimondo.dk, a wine wholesaler that works with some of the best wine suppliers in Italy, Portugal, France and Spain.

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Matching Food and Wine: Pasta with Oil, Parsley and Breadcrumbs and Noelia Ricci Bro’-Bianco Forlì IGT

With this week’s post we want you to enhance your dining experience by pairing a perfect wine to the recipe we will be presenting.

Pasta with extra virgin olive oil, parsley and breadcrumbs comes from the Mediterranean diet. This is a light but at the same time a tasteful dish which we paired with the white wine Noelia Ricci “Brò” Bianco Forlì.

Noelia Ricci is a family winery from the Emilia Romagna region, established in 2010 and located near the Sangiovese wine-growing area of Predappio. This wine, featuring a strong minerality, a salty juiciness and citrus notes, is produced from Trebbiano grapes and is vinified with the skins of Pagadebit grapes.

This wine is imported to Denmark from Vinimondodk, a wine wholesaler that works with some of the best wine suppliers in Italy, Portugal, France and Spain. 

For more details about the wine and the wholesaler: https://vinimondo.dk.

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Let’s Celebrate the Upcoming 2019 with a Free Interpretation of the Neapolitan Pastiera!

2018 is coming to an end and we are now ready to welcome the upcoming new year by celebrating  New Year’s Eve together with our friends and dear ones.

To go out with a bang we’ve prepared a free interpretation of the Neapolitan Pastiera. This is not the classical version (for that please be patient until Easter 😉 ), but a deconstructed Pastiera. It brings the flavour of the traditional cake but it’s quicker to prepare as we used ready-made butter cookies instead of making the shortcrust pastry.

We have to thank our friend Francesca from Naples whom we prepared the traditional Pastiera with and who shared all the little secrets of this delectable cake.

We wish you all 365 days full of joy and…good food!

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Tavola Calda – Authentic Cucina Italiana in Hellerup – Denmark

A few years ago, I met Chef Davide at his restaurant in occasion of a catering event. I went there together with my Italian friends and as soon as we started eating the antipasti we felt at home: the flavour of the food reminded us of our home country. From that day I’ve always been a trustworthy client of Tavola Calda, and a spectator of its changing: from being a take away to becoming and authentic and super cozy restaurant.

Recently, Davide told me his story and I got to know that he lived and worked in many different places around the world. What was amazing was that he maintained his Italian soul in his cuisine, and was not influenced by the cultures surrounding him. Coming from Bologna, one of his specialties is obviously the homemade egg pasta.

During a recent Christmas dinner I ate his Antipasto (which I loved, and can’t wait to eat again) consisting of 4 small appetisers. That night we had been served a perfumed zuppetta di pesce, some crispy fresh fried artichokes (my favourites), a light carpaccio with puntarelle chicory and Parmesan flakes, and last but not least, grilled radicchio with burrata and prosciutto crudo.

Beside that he treated us with his delicious homemade spinach Tortelloni filled with Ricotta and Potatoes, seasoned with Truffle Pecorino cheese.

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Davide perfectly paired these Tortelloni with a special  Belle Vignole  IGP white wine.

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This organic wine with no yeast and no sulfur is only made with the Fiano di Salento grapes in a natural farm Tenuta Macchiarola based in Lizzano –  Apulia – Southern Italy. This version sees 3 weeks of skin contact before pressing and natural fermentation.

Thanks to Davide for sharing this recipe with us and letting us taste this intriguing light-orange color wine.

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Delicious Pork Tenderloin with Apples

Trentino Alto Adige is a beautiful region in northern Italy, well known for the  Dolomites mountains, the Garda Lake and its apple orchards. Many recipes which come from this region are made with the huge variety of apples growing there.

This week’s recipe combines pork meat with apples. The ones we used are from my garden in Denmark, not really from Trentino, but they still are crunchy and juicy 😉

If you also decide to make our Pork Tenderloin with Apples, we suggest you to sip along a Primitivo di Manduria DOP “Collezione Bellisario” 2016 – Cantine due Palme. This red wine, made with Primitivo grapes grown in the vineyards of Apulia region has a broad and complex aroma, a full bodied and velvety taste, which is a perfect match with pork meat.

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Red Beetroot Homemade Tagliolini Pasta with Gorgonzola and Walnuts

One of the most colourful vegetables that can be found, and that is widely used in the Nordic cuisine, is the red beetroot.

As the countdown to Christmas has started, we’ve tried out a few recipes with this ingredient. We have come to a conclusion, so today we are pleased to present to you all the one we like the most.
So here we are with our colourful dish: Red Beetroot Tagliolini that will cheer up the guests gathered around your Christmas table.

The week’s seasoning will be up to you: you are going to be able to decide wether preparing the seasoning with Gorgonzola Dolce (Sweet Gorgonzola), or Gorgonzola Piccante (Spicy Gorgonzola).

Whether you decide for one or the other, you might have to choose a wine to pair. A bold and structured Italian red wine (like a Chianti Classico Riserva or a Barolo) is always a good choice to pair with the Gorgonzola Piccante, while a Riesling or a Pinot Bianco go nicely with the Gorgonzola Dolce.

The best you can do now is to roll up your sleeves and start kneading. Have fun!

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