A Quirky Bruschetta with Strawberries, Tomatoes and Fruity Ficotto Cream

Finally the summer has invaded Europe, even though in some countries, summer hit with tropical temperatures, including Italy. During one of our alfresco dinner in the garden we prepared this delightful bruschetta, mixing cherry tomatoes with strawberries, giving the bruschetta a quirky twist. We used Ficotto cream, a niche product rediscovered in the enogastronomic history of the Basilicata region. It is made from the must of the figs and it can be used as a fruity-sweet alternative to the cream of balsamic vinegar.

The bread has to be a hight quality bread, like the one we used for this bruschetta. It’s been prepared by Il Pane di una Volta”, a Swiss company that supplies home-made sourdough bread focusing on high quality ingredients, selected grains, no chemical or artificial additives, no commercial yeast (only natural wild yeast) reproducing the artisanal process of bread, before industrial production.

If you want to know more about “Il Pane di una Volta”, please scroll all the way down *.

We have also to thank Da Vinzi, an Italian wholesaler who imports many niche products from the Basilicata region to Switzerland, for making us taste his Ficotto cream.

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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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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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Rossini Cocktail and Homemade Savoury Biscuits

In the Rossini cocktail, as in many other Italian drinks like the Spritz Aperol, Hugo Spritz, Bellini and Negroni sbagliato, the strong alcoholic component is usually the sparkling Prosecco wine.

The Prosecco is a white wine produced from the Glera grapes in the hillside vineyards of Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia (Northeast Italian regions). Depending on your taste, you can make the Rossini cocktail with dry Prosecco (17–32 g/l of residual sugar), extra dry (12–17 g/l ) or brut (up to 12 g/l). For an uplifting summer aperitif, we recommend pairing this delicious cocktail with these appetising savoury biscuits.

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Stuffed eggs with salmon cream

Looking for an elegant appetizer for your Easter lunch? Or for a tasty bite to be served during Eastern Monday picnic with your friends? We suggest you to prepare these delicious stuffed eggs, made with salmon, capers and mustard. As this recipie is very versatile, let your imagination guide you when stuffing these treats!

Enjoy these canapé with a chilled glass of an Italian Prosecco Extra Dry.

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Mini tart with Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and broad beans

In this recipe you’ll have a well balanced combination of different tastes, starting from the salty flavour of the parmesan cheese, passing through the delicate taste of broad beans and finishing with the tartness of the cream.

We do hope your palate will be appreciating all the ingredients and their features!

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Easy steamed artichokes

If you are looking for a healthy yet delicious Christmas meal, Mercatino delle verdure (Ca’- Cucina, Rebekkavej 49 – Hellerup), is the best place to find fresh vegetables and vigorous fruit.

This week we bought fresh artichokes to prepare a dish which is sophisticated in its semplicity. The only thing that is necessary to make this dish perfect is fresh artichokes of high quality, like the ones we found at Mercatino delle verdure.

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Liptauer canapés

Liptauer is a creamy and tangy cheese quite popular across multiple countries. It is no surprise that there are many variations on the spread. We find Liptauer in many groceries in Trieste (the main city in the Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia) as this cheese is very appreciated in the north east of Italy. We opted to make Liptauer using ricotta and mascarpone cheese instead of sheep cheese, and sweet paprika instead of hot paprika.  Our version is sweeter and delicate, perfect to be garnished with pecan nuts.

If you want to know where you can taste Liptauer canapé’ during your trip in Italy, try this newborn and useful service: www.lastaurant.com. Just send a message via Messenger to Lastaurant and ask for any kind of information and tips on restaurants that are in an area between 0.5 and 20 km from you.  It’s worth trying it!

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