Early Summer Minestrone

Summer is around the corner, and so is the dreaded bikini test ;-)).  Taking advantage of the fact that my children are in a field trip, my husband and me decided that this week would be THE detox week, in anticipation of the upcoming summer.

If you are looking for a light vegetable soup, this is what you need. You’ll appreciate the freshness and the crunchiness of the seasonal vegetables.

Enjoy!
Francesca

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Stuffed Vine – Tomatoes and Potatoes

The vine tomatoes is one of the most known variety of tomato. When they are ripe the flesh is soft and thick, and the taste is well balanced between sweetness and acidity. These tomatoes are very versatile, perfect to be eaten both cooked and raw.

This week we’ve baked these vine tomatoes following the original recipe that our dear friend Chiara, from Umbria region, has shared with us.

As this dish is made with very few ingredients, in order to get a tasteful and excellent result, don’t be stingy in using fresh herbs and good quality cheese.

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Agretti Savoury Pie

A few days ago, while I was shopping at my favourite grocery store in Switzerland, I saw a packet of vegetables I had never seen. Once I read the name on the label (agretti, monk’s beard, mönksbart) I realised those were the vegetables I’ve been hearing everyone talking about lately. These green shoots grow in Italy, from Central Italy to the South, but I have to admit that they are not so common in the area where I’m from (North-east of Italy). So I didn’t pass up the chance to buy them and to prepare this savoury cake, after consulting Marinella who is the expert when it comes to Southern Italian recipes. Hope you find the Agretti at your local market ’cause they are really delicious and especially super healthy!

(Francesca)

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Fresh broad bean salad

Spring is finally here and, if you’re lucky as we have been this week, you’ll find fresh broad beans and peas…. so we planned to prepare this easy and quick salad to better taste the flavour and the crispy texture of these spring vegetables.

In Copenhagen, we found the fresh broad beans at Cà – Cucina Take Away (Rebekkavej 49Hellerup 2900)

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Cauliflower couscous

Today is Shrove Tuesday and almost all the cities in Italy are invaded with colourful and cheerful masks, getting ready to celebrate the last day of Carnival.

From tomorrow, we suppose you want to get your diet started,  for religious reasons or to get out of a binge period. To compensate for the excesses of the Carnival celebrations, try this healthy recipe, without giving up the Carnival colours.

 

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Spinach Lasagna roll-ups

Spinach is an essential component of this dish, so fresh and fleshy spinach gives a better result than frozen.
There are sure a lot of groceries where you’ll find spinach, but, if you are in Copenhagen area, we advice you to buy spinach at Mercatino delle verdure (Ca’- Cucina, Rebekkavej 49 – Hellerup). There you will find many other Italian fresh vegetables that Diego and Davide select carefully every week.

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Preparing Radicchio rosso tardivo di Treviso and Radicchio variegato di Castelfranco

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This week we present two recipes that will be prepared with two culinary excellences from North Italy: the Radicchio rosso tardivo di Treviso and the Radicchio variegato di Casterlfranco.

 

We want to thank Davide & Diego for importing (weekly) the not-easy-to-find vegetables to Denmark, which you can buy in their Mercatino delle verdure (Ca’- Cucina, Rebekkavej 49 – Hellerup).  We also want to thank them for giving us the possibility to make these healthy dishes with their fresh vegetables. This means a lot to us and for all those who want to eat something different and special!

Here we go with our two recipes, designed to better appreciate the unmistakably delicate bitter taste of these two types of radicchio: Pumpkin cream with Radicchio rosso tardivo di Treviso, and Radicchio salad with apples.

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