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. :-))
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.
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.
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.
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!