Energizing Sweet Plum Gnocchi from Friuli Venezia Giulia

Plum Gnocchi are one of those dishes featuring the culinary tradition in Friuli Venezia Giulia (Italian Northeastern region). These Gnocchi actually have a Bohemian origin, as they were introduced when the Austro-Hungarian dominion was in the region.

When I’m in Italy for the autumn break to visit my husband’s family, my mother in law never fails to prepare these Gnocchi for me, as she knows that it is my favourite dish of her repertoire. Recently I was authorised to “steal” the recipe, which she jealously keeps in her recipe book, just because I had to share it on the blog 😉

This is a dish that can be served either as a main dish or as a dessert. In my family we use to eat it without pairing anything else beside as it is a complete meal in itself.  Perhaps the only thing you’ll want to ask at the very most, after eating a few, will be a digestive. :-))

(Francesca)

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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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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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Potato Gnocchi with Mozzarella and Tomatoes (alla Sorrentina)

This gnocchi dish embodies 3 typical flavours of Campania region – Southern Italy:  tomatoes. mozzarella fior di latte and basil.

If you happen to be in Campania region or even better in the beautiful coastal town of Sorrento, where the dish is originally from, don’t forget to try this dish and enjoy the taste of Southern Italy.

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Pumpkin Gnocchi with Sage Butter Sauce

These Pumpkin Gnocchi are served with a simple sage butter sauce which enhances the sweet taste of the pumpkin. We used the Delica variety, as it is one of the most versatile winter squash and it takes well to many cooking methods, from roasting to pureeing, and more.

The compact orange – yellow flesh is perfect to be deep fried and to fill the tortelli from Mantova (city in Italy’s Lombardia region) and the cappellacci from Ferrara (a city in Italy’s Emilia-Romagna region). Tortelli and cappellacci are two typical filled fresh egg pasta.

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Traditional Homemade Tordelli di Lucca -Tuscany- 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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Typical Passatelli in Broth from Emilia Romagna Region – by Giulia

Today it is the turn of our dear friend and talented photographer Giulia! We invite you to periodically take a look at new website Giulia is developing and working on: www.followingthenorthstar.com

Passatelli is a typical rustic dish of the region Emilia-Romagna, in central Italy.

All pictures by Giulia Bellini!

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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 Fresh Pasta 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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Authentic Orecchiette with Cime di Rapa (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. And 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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