Homemade Cavatelli with Cannellini Beans and Mussels

Home made Cavatelli are a type of pasta originating from Southern Italian prepared with semolina flour and water. This type of pasta is versatile: its shape and texture mix well with many types of sauces.

For today’s recipe we have seasoned the Cavatelli with shellfish (mussels) and legumes (cannellini), following a traditional Mediterranean – Apulian recipe. The strong flavour of these thin with a tender and floury heart beans goes well with the mussels.

So, roll up your sleeves and let’s prepare the Cavatelli.

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Walkingwine: a street-wineshop

Walkingwine: an unconventional catering, the wine where you want it.

Last summer we randomly came across the inventors of a quite unusual way to taste and enjoy wine: a street wine – shop. Graziana and Giorgio, two Apulian business owners, a few months ago started their activity with the idea of bringing top quality local wine into the streets of Puglia with an equipped 3-wheeler.

“We are at our best in lonely places: nature, country side, cliffs, view points… where there’s nothing, we come, we bring the party, we go. Leaving the “nothing” in its own place” is their motto. Check their website.

We kept contact, and they offered to present a guest post with a pairing between a wine produced with grapes from the Apulian vineyards and a dish suggested by a local chef, whose flavours are enhanced by the characteristics of the wine.

The first column presents a white wine, Fiano – Salento IGT from I buongiorno, a fine wine collection created by the refined sommelier Teodosio Buongiorno, and made from ones of the best Apulian vineyards according to the age and characteristics of the land.

Teresa Buongiorno, the owner with Teodosio, of the Osteria Già sotto l’arco restaurant prepared a dish, “Steamed squilla mantis on chickpea cream” (the recipe below), which pairs with this wine the best.

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Prawns and Sea Bass in a Salt Crust

Cooking in salt is a simple and healthy way to prepare fish and shellfish, but also meat and vegetables. We will show you how to bake in salt the sea basses and prawns.

Our favorite shellfish baked in salt are the red shrimps, that live in the Ionian Sea and in the South Seas, and they are slightly sweeter than the normal ones.

If you are planning a trip to Apulia – Puglia, don’t miss out testing  the most delicious Gamberi rossi al sale (red shrimps baked in salt) at the Restaurant “La Puritate“, in Gallipoli.

Gallipoli is a small fishing town located by the Ionian sea, on the west coast of the Apulia. The old part, an island connected by a bridge to the mainland, is a medieval village with narrow streets and white buildings, typical of Mediterranean style.

But, in the meantime, try our new tasteful recipe!

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