Many stories exist about this Italian culinary traditional recipe, called Pasta alla Puttanesca. The most accredited says that the first bite of spaghetti alla puttanesca dates back to the 50s in Ischia (one of the most picturesque islands in the Bay of Naples) by Sandro Petti, owner of the famous Rangio Fellone restaurant. One evening he was about to close the restaurant, and he was asked by a group of customers to prepare them a meal. He was low on ingredients and told them he did not have enough to make them a meal. They complained that it was late and they were hungry, saying “Facci una puttanata qualsiasi,” meaning “throw together whatever.” Petti had only a few tomatoes, olives, and some capers, common ingredients in an Italian pantry. So he used them to prepare the sauce for a dish of Spaghetti. Lately, he included this dish on her restaurant’s menu naming it Spaghetti alla Puttanesca.
This sweet potato cream is so filling and it makes a lovely vegetarian main dish. Serve this hearty soup with Cointreau caramelized onions to add complexity to the sweet flavor of the potatoes. Your guest surely will be impressed by this combination!
The cooking technique behind this Pumpkin, Chickpea and Potato soup is antique and traditional from the regions of Southern Italy. The main ingredient is the pasta, usually a short type, which has not to be boiled in advance, but it is cooked directly in the pan where the seasoning has been previously prepared. The crucial steps to get an excellent result are just few and simple. Follow them and you’ll enjoy this delicious comfort soup.
Five years after that my grandmother is no longer with us, I decided to prepare one of her best recipes, these buttery chocolate biscuits bites. She used to prepare them for any occasion, from birthday parties to Easter celebrations. My sister passed me the recipe that I had locked in the cupboard until now. While I was preparing her recipe I thought I heard her whispering the tips she always gave me, still feeling her close to me. After all, isn’t this the meaning of handing down our forefathers’ recipes?
Canederli are bread dumplings found only in the mountain ranges of the North-East of Italy (Trentino-Alto Adige, Friuli–Venezia Giulia, and part of Veneto), where they are served as a first course or as a main entree. Originally they were made with just leftovers: different kind of salami or cheese. For this reason, the Canederli can be considered part of a ‘Cucina povera’. Today, they are still made of simple and inexpensive ingredients: stale bread moistened with milk and enriched with cheese and Speck (a kind of smoked prosciutto also typical of the north-east regions), or made with vegetables. As there are several variations of this regional dish, the following recipe describes how to prepare the Canederli with yellow beets. Thanks to the cooking lover Mariella of adocchio – blog, for sharing with us his family recipe. Would you like to know more about our friend Mariella? Take a look below!
When we got to know that figs are not only sweet as candies, but also packed with nutrients offering a variety of potential health benefits, and, most important of all, that they have fewer calories than grapes and tangerines, we filled up our pantry.
The recipes that see the use of the figs are endless and creative, from pairing them with pecorino or goat cheese to the preparation of main dishes. Given their sweetness, we also appreciate their use in the preparation of cakes, like our Fig Crostata with Ricotta cheese.
Let us thank Giuseppe – Vadawine for the amazing morning spent shooting the pictures and videos of this post.
A different dinner than usual or a refined appetizer with cheeses and jams? Whatever the occasion, cheese is always a good idea. Make your cheeseboard colorful and tastier by pairing the cheese of your choice with the right jam and some fresh seasonal fruit and crunchy nuts.
Don’t forget to serve a good wine: Sangiovese Ca’ Storta Red Wine is the one we love to pair with this recipe. It recalls wild berries, currants and violets with a pleasant acidity. The sweet tannins make it perfect for every occasion.
The jams we paired come from Calabria, a sunny and beautiful South Italian region.
Many thanks to DeliziedelGusto for sending over its gorgeous products, and to vinimondodk to let us taste this organic Sangiovese Red Wine.
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.