Trieste and its Spectacular Regatta: The Barcolana

As every year the city of Trieste (located in Friuli Venezia Giulia – Northeastern Italian region) will host the “Barcolana“. This year the spectacular regatta will be celebrating its 50th anniversary and will take place on October 14th in the stunning gulf in front of the city.

The Barcolana is the biggest regatta in the world. In the last years, more than 2.100 boats were registered and thousands of enthusiastic sailors were attracted. Also this year, the celebrations have already started in the city, which is bursting of events to make the visitors experiencing the true spirit of this wonderful Regatta. Yes, the Barcolana must be lived at least once in your life, in the same way as its hosting city. For more info take a look at the event website (www.barcolana.it.).

It is not just a case that Trieste hosts the Barcolana. The hills surrounding the city form a natural tunnel for the east winds blowing toward the sea. The most famous of these winds is certainly the Bora. With its well above 100 km/h gusts, Bora makes all locals feel alive!

Recently, the Eataly Store opened in Trieste by the sea and dedicated the store right to the Bora wind.

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Riva Tommaso Gulli –  picture taken from Eataly Store

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Eat the Season: The Gnudi from Tuscany

Spinach is available year round but in this period you find the fall variety characterised by more succulent leaves. Spinach is a good reservoir of minerals and vitamins, as long as it is consumed strictly raw. If you have to cook them as in this recipe, it’s better if you steam the spinach to preserve the nutrients. Now you are all set to prepare this recipe from Tuscany: the Gnudi. This name, in Tuscan dialect, means naked, as they are not covered with dough. The lightness and delicacy of this dish is the strength of the Gnudi, which are best accompanied by a fresh dressing light tomato sauce or butter and sage.

The Gnudi, Spinach and Ricotta based Dish from Tuscany
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Grandma’s tart – torta della nonna

Today in Italy it’s Grandparents Day.
Many wishes to all our precious grandparents who are always a reliable resource. Let’s celebrate them baking this cake all together!
The recipe in the link.

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Today we baked a traditional Tuscan recipe: la torta della nonna. It’s a scrumptious, and at the same time, delicate tart filled with lemon custard, and sprinkled with an abundant handful of pine nuts.

These pictures were taken in collaboration with the photographer Franca Quaglia (http://www.pointandshoot.ch), based in Zurich, who gave us valuable tips to improve our photography skills. Thanks Franca for such an amazing day!

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Mountain – Style Fresh Tagliatelle with Chanterelle Mushrooms

The sweet taste and intense and aromatic flavour the Chanterelle mushrooms (Finferli or Gallinacci in Italian) give off during cooking make them suitable to be prepared in many different recipes. Crunchy as the champignons and fleshy as the Porcini they can be a side dish, as well as a seasoning for a pasta or for a polenta based dish.

Today we are sharing a flavoursome dish that reminds us of the mountain huts in Trentino Alto Adige, where you can usually savour a cuisine that is rich in mountain ingredients, Mediterranean flavours and German influences. Meanwhile, you can enjoy  your stay between the Dolomites and the Garda Lake.

We made this recipe with Italian Chanterelles we found at Ca’ – Cucina, (Rebekkavej 49 – Hellerup, Denmark).

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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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