La Cucina Italiana – The Italian Cuisine… for Everyone, Anywhere in the World
Author: mad & delicacy - Italian Food and Wine
Authentic Italian Recipes.
Francesca&Marinella, Italian food-wine lover friends met outside Italy, now living in Copenhagen and Zurich, but still cooking “together” the recipes of our Cucina Italiana, suitable for everyone, anywhere in the world.
After living many years in the Nordics we got obsessed with all the recipes made with oats. The first among all is the porridge, called havregrød in Denmark, that comes in many variations from the sweet to the savoury ones. Today’s recipe uses the oat instead of flour to prepare the traditional chocolate chips cookies making them lighter and a little bit healthier.
Even if it is not easy to find some of these ingredients outside of Italy, let’s treat yourself making PiadinaRomagnola from scratch (quick and easy recipe below), and then fill it with what you prefer most and enjoy!
High acidity and moderate alcohol make Sangiovese a very food-friendly red wine. In specific, “E be di Smembar” Sangiovese Superiore brings to mind ripe berries, like raspberries, as well as the purple-leaf plum. It is fresh to the palate, with good minerality and sweet tannins.
It is an Organic Wine produced in a small, passionate, and family-owned wine producer located in a hilly terrain a few hundred meters high southwest of Cesena (Center of Italy – Emilia Romagna Region).
This dessert is something divine! Despite the tropical ingredients used in it, in my family, this is a dessert that everyone awaits during our gatherings either on Christmas Eve or on a summer dinner where we are finally all together after many months being apart. I got the recipe from my aunt who is always in charge to prepare it and satisfy our sugar cravings. If you also are craving a rich dessert, give this pineapple dessert a try!
Crispy on the outside, soft in the inside and full of ripe tomatoes focaccia from Bari is one of my most wanted delicacy from Puglia. Living in Copenhagen makes it hard to find a slice of this baked bread around the city. So I challenged my self to prepare an excellent version of it, and finally I’ve reached it :-).
Like the Baresi, (people from Bari) do, eat a slide of this focaccia any time of the day and on any occasion. To fully enjoy its goodness, cut a slice of focaccia in half and stuff it with some mortadella.
I have to say thanks to the funny, brilliant and nice Maria to telling me the essential tips for making these delicious focaccia.
Italy is considered the home country of wine, and is world’s second largest wine producer behind France. Wine is not simply considered a drink in Italy, but it is part of Italian culinary tradition, especially when gathering around a family’s table. A lot of people in Italy treat themselves to a glass of wine a day whether at lunch, dinner, or as a drink during the late afternoon Aperitivo, the Italian version of Happy hour.
We want to start our journey across the Italian wines, selecting and highlighting the features of the following three grapes, and suggesting a good match with some Italian recipes:
Oysters? You can love them or hate them! In our recipe we prepared the oysters to make you love them, adding a teaspoon of sour cream and a drizzle of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese. The oysters in themselves are an aphrodisiac but by adding some Parmigiano, you’ll just find yourself falling in love with them.
If you would like to know more about these giga oysters and what impact they are having on the natural eco – marine – system take a look at bluelobster.app.
The title of this week’s recipe may sound a bit quirky and needs to be explained.
The cake we made is more than a simple cake, it’s a pretext for connecting with our friend Giulia who is currently living in Santiago, Chile. She is a professional photographer and the owner of followingthenorthstar. During this period of quarantine, she baked tons of delicious Italian dishes for her family and amazed us with the stunning pictures of the food she prepared.
Apart from pilfering her the recipe of her strawberry cake (that we made replacing the strawberries with juicy cherries), we got to have a Zoom session to learn the basics of the dark photography from Giulia, by connecting the Chilean capital Santiago with Zurich and Copenhagen. It was so exciting!!!
After having enjoyed for a few days a marvellous bouquet with colourful thyme leaves, it’s time to preserve its scent and color for the upcoming months. For a long-lasting flavour of your fresh thyme use the following quick-dry method.
Thyme is such an easy herb to use and it can be added in many recipes. We love using dried Thyme in oven-baked fish, in steak seasoning, and even if it might sound quircky, in some Italian Spoon Dessert!