Matching Food and Wine: Cannelloni with Spinach and Ricotta – Barbera d`Asti DOCG Superiore 2014 Enzo Bartoli, Red Wine

This week’s wine and food match is between the Enzo Bartoli- Barbera d’Asti Superiore and one of the most traditional dish of the Italian cuisine: the cannelloni with spinach and ricotta cheese. This Barbera d’Asti is a fruity wine with a fresh acidity and with tones of red berries, cherry, spices, and a touch of vanilla and liquorice. Enzo Bartoli Barbera d’Asti is from Nizza, an area in the Piemonte region that is considered the best for the grape variety Barbera

This wine is imported to Denmark from Vinimondo.dk, a wine wholesaler that works with some of the best wine suppliers in Italy, Portugal, France and Spain.

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Matching Food and Wine: Pappardelle Pasta and Meat Ragù – Noelia Ricci, Godenza Romagna DOC Sangiovese Predappio – Red Wine

While we were planning this recipe, we realised that we had the task to pair not only the right wine, but also the best type of pasta for the meat-based sauce. There are countless shapes of pasta but not each of them matches well with every kind of sauce: Pappardelle is one of the best choice when it comes to the meat ragù. On the contrary, planning the choice of wine wasn’t that difficult.

With no doubt a bottle (or more) of Noelia Ricci, Godenza  Romagna DOC Sangiovese Predappio, is one of the best wines to greater appreciate this hearty dish. This red wine, from sustainable farming, features a soft and savory flavor showing full ripe fruits, tobacco, and balsamico.

This wine is imported to Denmark from Vinimondo.dk, a wine wholesaler that works with some of the best wine suppliers in Italy, Portugal, France and Spain.

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Orecchiette Pasta and Homemade Sweet Ricotta Calzoni from Matera – European Capital of Culture 2019

Thanks to Riccardo Casarico Photo for this scenic view of Matera – Italy

With this recipe we would like to celebrate the unique and appealing city of Matera, well known as the Stone City, and located in the Basilicata region – Southern Italy. This year Matera was awarded as the European Capital of Culture 2019, thanks to its unique beauty and history. Matera is famous worldwide for its Sassi: stone houses carved out of the caves and cliffs, dating back 7000 years ago. The best way to enjoy this surprising city is to get lost in the many alleys of this ancient part of the town. You will be surprised by the amount of churches, historical buildings and houses carved into the rock.

Thanks Rosanna and her sweet Mamma for giving us this delicious recipe from Matera. Traditionally, this dish is seasoned with a succulent pork meat tomato ragout and it’s prepared to celebrate the Mardi Gras lunch. In our version we made it easier to prepare, but not less tasty, as we seasoned it with a tomato sauce.

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Matching Food and Wine: Tagliatelle Pasta and Beans and Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG 2014 “Sopra Sasso” Red Wine

Pasta and Beans, or “Pasta e fagioli“,  is a traditional Italian peasant dish of which there are different regional variations, but this one is from the Veneto region.  It is an easy and cheap recipe made just with two main ingredients, precisely pasta and beans. I’m very fond of this recipe as it is one of those I inherited from my mother-in-law and I prepare for my husband  when he wants to feel at home and he wants to eat something other than Apulian dishes… he is from the Veneto region, by the way! 

Last time we ate Pasta and Beans, we uncorked a bottle of Amarone della Valopolicella 2014 DOCG “Sopra Sasso”, thanks to Vinimondo.dk. This robust wine, with dark cherry notes, made our dinner even more sublime.

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Matching Food and Wine: Pasta with Oil, Parsley and Breadcrumbs and Noelia Ricci Bro’-Bianco Forlì IGT

With this week’s post we want you to enhance your dining experience by pairing a perfect wine to the recipe we will be presenting.

Pasta with extra virgin olive oil, parsley and breadcrumbs comes from the Mediterranean diet. This is a light but at the same time a tasteful dish which we paired with the white wine Noelia Ricci “Brò” Bianco Forlì.

Noelia Ricci is a family winery from the Emilia Romagna region, established in 2010 and located near the Sangiovese wine-growing area of Predappio. This wine, featuring a strong minerality, a salty juiciness and citrus notes, is produced from Trebbiano grapes and is vinified with the skins of Pagadebit grapes.

This wine is imported to Denmark from Vinimondodk, a wine wholesaler that works with some of the best wine suppliers in Italy, Portugal, France and Spain. 

For more details about the wine and the wholesaler: https://vinimondo.dk.

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Mountain – Style Fresh Tagliatelle with Chanterelle Mushrooms

The sweet taste and intense and aromatic flavour the Chanterelle mushrooms (Finferli or Gallinacci in Italian) give off during cooking make them suitable to be prepared in many different recipes. Crunchy as the champignons and fleshy as the Porcini they can be a side dish, as well as a seasoning for a pasta or for a polenta based dish.

Today we are sharing a flavoursome dish that reminds us of the mountain huts in Trentino Alto Adige, where you can usually savour a cuisine that is rich in mountain ingredients, Mediterranean flavours and German influences. Meanwhile, you can enjoy  your stay between the Dolomites and the Garda Lake.

We made this recipe with Italian Chanterelles we found at Ca’ – Cucina, (Rebekkavej 49 – Hellerup, Denmark).

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Mediterranean Lemon Flavoured Spaghetti Topped with Crispy Crumb Bread

In southern Italy, many traditional recipes, especially those originating from the countryside, are topped with a homemade crispy crumb bread. This tradition derives from the olden days in which parmesan cheese was too expensive for peasants to buy, and they would use this crispy bread as an alternative.

The main aspect of this dish is the lemon flavour. The best lemons to use in this pasta are the fragrant lemons from the Amalfi coast (Campania region – Southern Italy). If you are lucky enough to find them, you will enjoy a very flavourful and tasty dish!

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Let’s eat outside! Mediterranean Cous Cous

In Sicily the Cous Cous is used daily for the preparation of numerous dishes and is well integrated into the local gastronomic tradition. The most famous event which sees the Cous Cous as the protagonist is held in San Vito lo Capo every summer in September. If you are going to spend your holiday in Sicily this is an event which is not to be missed out.

Meanwhile, try the following recipe to prepare a Mediterranean Cous Cous.

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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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