Homemade Tagliatelle with Wild Garlic

Thanks to the nice weather and the pleasant temperature, on Whitmonday, I went hiking with my family to further discover the stunning landscape in the Zurich area. It was a long time since we wanted to reach the top of the Uetliberg mountain and its peak, the Uto Kulm. The peak offers a scenic view over Zurich, the lake and the Alps. I have to admit that the trail up to the top was a bit of a challenge, as it was very steep. As we were hiking to the top, we started to notice that we were surrounded by different species of plants. Among them, we spotted wide clusters of wild garlic, also known as Bear’s garlic, Ail Des Ours or Bärlauch. This plant is widely used throughout Europe due to its blood-purifying properties, and to lower cholesterol.

How could we not have gotten attracted by these fresh leaves? As we started to collect them, we began to wonder how to use this precious mountain plant in an Italian recipe.

Keep on reading and you’ll discover it!

(Francesca)

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Tordelli di Lucca by Elena Lencioni

This week our Italian friend Elena, who lives in Tokyo, Japan, shares with us a tasty and traditional recipe from Lucca, a beautiful small town in Tuscany. If you are arranging a journey in Toscana don’t miss a stop there, even just to taste the tordelli di Lucca!

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Ravioli di fonduta with truffle

This week we begin to tell you our favorite Christmas lunch menu. The first course,  primo in Italian, is a traditional recipe from Piemonte, a beautiful region in the North of Italy that offers many local products including many kinds of cheese, red and white wine and truffles. The ravioli di fonduta with truffle combines the strongest flavours of this region.

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We cooked this delicious dish using a truffle kindly offered by one of the our favourite traditional Italian restaurants: Armando’s Trattoria. There, in a pleasant atmosphere, you can enjoy dishes as well as delicious pizzas and wouldn’t notice you are not in Italy.

The ravioli’s pictures were taken from our favorite and talented photographer Giulia Bellini!

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Homemade pumpkin ravioli with hazelnut sauce

We are sure that everyone this week will have pumpkin’s leftovers. Instead of waste them, why don’t you try to make these delicious pumpkin ravioli, a good example of traditional Italian food.

We wish you all a fun and spooky Halloween filled with lots of yummy treats!!!!

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Orecchiette with broccoli rabe

This week we will show you how to prepare one of the most traditional and popular pasta dish from the southern Italian cuisine: the Orecchiette con le cime di rapa (orecchiette with broccoli rabe).

The broccoli rabe is a bitter green vegetable that grows in autumn-winter season in Italy. But, even though it’s not a typical Danish product, we easily found it in few greengrocers (SuperBrugsen and Meny), and that’s the reason why we decided to prepare this recipe. (See the picture below if you are in doubt on how to recognize the broccoli rabe).

With great surprise, we found also the dry orecchiette pasta (Rummo brand) in SuperBrugsen, Irma and Meny shops, but if you would like to make the fresh ones by yourself, follow the instructions below!

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If you are organizing a romantic stay with your beloved, we would suggest to book a few nights at one of the most typical and  charming houses in Puglia (Apulia-Italy), called Trullo. Book your stay, at Trullo per due in the countryside just outside OstuniAnd while you are there, don’t miss the most tasteful Orecchiette with cime di rapa of Ostuni at Osteria del tempo perso!

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