Cecina – chickpea flour pancake

The cecina or farinata is a traditional street food from the Tuscan Riviera and the Liguria region. People use to eat a slice of cecina in an open focaccia bread named “schiacciata” for a snack or a quick dinner.

This dish is especially popular in Livorno (Tuscany region) where it is called “5 e 5”, because in the past 1 cecina and 1 focaccia costed only 5 lire each.

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Cantaloupe Melon and Coppa Charcuterie

The coppa and capocollo are two similar dry cured meat (salumi) made from the same part of the pork (shoulder and neck)  processed in different ways and produced in many different Italian regions. The most appreciated are the Coppa Piacentina (from Piacenza area, a city in  Emilia Romagna region) and Capocollo di Martina Franca (Puglia – Southern Italy).

The sweet taste and the pleasant and delicate scent make this cured meat suitable for starters, like the one we prepared this week: Cantaloupe melon paired with coppa piacentina (or alternatively with capocollo).

If you are in Denmark you can taste the Italian ripe and juicy melons paired with coppa at Ca’ Cucina  (Ca’Cucina’s restaurant and Take away, Rebekkavej 49, 2900 Hellerup). Remember Ca’ – cucina reopen August 2nd, as usual go there to buy fresh Italian fruit and vegetables or to enjoy a tasteful meal with a good glass of wine!

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Eggplant rolls (involtini di melanzane)

Even this week  at Ca’ Cucina  you can find a lot of fresh vegetables delivered directly from Italy: red and yellow peppers, San Marzano and cherry tomatoes, striated violet eggplants and much more… including juicy fruit.

We decided to prepared a recipe with striated eggplants, as they have a sweeter and less spongy flesh and a thinner skin than the conventional purple ones.

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You can decide not to cook this week and to take advantage of Ca’ Tavola Calda  or Take Away to taste these fresh vegetables ready to be served to your family or ready to be eaten at the restaurant.

Ca’ Cucina’s restaurant and Take away (Rebekkavej 49, 2900 Hellerup)

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Asparagus frittata

Frittata is a baked or fried egg dish, it can be served either warm or cold and with a large variety of fillings. If you are still thinking how to get dinner ready, we propose this quick recipe of the asparagus frittata.

If you don’t know how to prepare more dishes with asparagus take a look at our other recipes with this ingredient: Risotto with asparagus and Asparagus with quail eggs and Parmesan cheese.

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Easter pie, torta pasqualina

The torta pasqualina is a traditional pie from Liguria, a wonderful region by the sea in North-west Italy. This pie is made during Easter time when the days are getting warmer and sunnier, and people enjoy having pic-nics outside bringing their home-made food to share with friends.

We will show you how to make this pie either with home made puff pastry or with ready-made puff pastry.

If you are going to spend your Easter holiday in Liguria, take a look at the Liguria section of this page.

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Stuffed courgette rolls and tuna mousse crostini

This is the most delicious tuna mousse we’ve ever tasted. My aunt uses to prepare it during every family reunion, welcoming her guests with a tuna mousse crostino and a glass of chilled Prosecco. If you are planning an Apéro with your friends, you can also prepare our stuffed courgette rolls, they are healthy and your guests will love it.

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New Year’s Eve cocktails

In Italy, it is very common to await the arrival of the New Year gathering with friends around a dining table. There is no better occasion than the New Year’s Eve party for giving vent to your creativity by preparing a fizzy and twinkling cocktail!

If you want to pair them with some appetizers, try the followings: bruschette, grilled polenta with baccala mantecato, scallops au gratin, focaccia barese.

Enjoy!

…and now we just have to wish you a sparkling 2017!

 

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Scallops au gratin

Breaking news: Eataly is now open in Copenhagen!

Scallops (called Capesante in Italian or Kammuslinger in Danish) is a mouth watering dish, perfect for a special dinner and for special guests. If you are not confident cooking seafood, this gratin is the most simple and delicious way to prepare fresh scallops.

Give it a try soon, enjoy!

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