Roman Style Artichokes is a dish that combines tradition, flavour and simplicity. During spring – time this side-dish (we love to prepare it as a main dish as well…) is served and prepared in many restaurants and house kitchens all around Rome and Lazio region. Mammole artichoke, with a rounded shape and without thorns, is the most suitable variety to prepare this recipe.
If you are lucky enough to find this type of artichoke in your home country, don’t miss the chance to prepare it following our recipe! 🙂
Scialatielli is a typical fresh Pasta from the Italian Costiera Amalfitana (Campania region). It may resemble the tagliatellepasta, even if it is shorter and easier to make. The tradition wants them to be prepared by hand, ensuring their characteristics of roughness and porousness, necessary to amalgamate perfectly with any sauce.
Making Tortellini from scratch is more than just preparing a filled pasta to be eaten right away. It’s a way to get closer to your friends or loved ones if you decide to spend a few days together preparing hundred of Tortellini, getting prepared for the Christmas dinner. This is what I did with my expat Italian friends in Copenhagen. Thanks to my nice friend Licia, I got to know the secret recipe of her grandma from Bologna… imagine what that means to me, coming from Puglia! As soon as we found the ingredients in a danish well-assorted grocery store (make sure the ingredients are of good quality: this makes a huge difference at the end), we cleared our diary for two days during which we rolled our sleeves up and prepared tons of Tortellini. Two carefree days filled with lots of laughs and lots of little chats, observing the Covid rules though.
Many stories exist about this Italian culinary traditional recipe, called Pasta alla Puttanesca. The most accredited says that the first bite of spaghetti alla puttanesca dates back to the 50s in Ischia (one of the most picturesque islands in the Bay of Naples) by Sandro Petti, owner of the famous Rangio Fellone restaurant. One evening he was about to close the restaurant, and he was asked by a group of customers to prepare them a meal. He was low on ingredients and told them he did not have enough to make them a meal. They complained that it was late and they were hungry, saying “Facci una puttanata qualsiasi,” meaning “throw together whatever.” Petti had only a few tomatoes, olives, and some capers, common ingredients in an Italian pantry. So he used them to prepare the sauce for a dish of Spaghetti. Lately, he included this dish on her restaurant’s menu naming it Spaghetti alla Puttanesca.
Five years after that my grandmother is no longer with us, I decided to prepare one of her best recipes, these buttery chocolate biscuits bites. She used to prepare them for any occasion, from birthday parties to Easter celebrations. My sister passed me the recipe that I had locked in the cupboard until now. While I was preparing her recipe I thought I heard her whispering the tips she always gave me, still feeling her close to me. After all, isn’t this the meaning of handing down our forefathers’ recipes?
Canederli are bread dumplings found only in the mountain ranges of the North-East of Italy (Trentino-Alto Adige, Friuli–Venezia Giulia, and part of Veneto), where they are served as a first course or as a main entree. Originally they were made with just leftovers: different kind of salami or cheese. For this reason, the Canederli can be considered part of a ‘Cucina povera’. Today, they are still made of simple and inexpensive ingredients: stale bread moistened with milk and enriched with cheese and Speck (a kind of smoked prosciutto also typical of the north-east regions), or made with vegetables. As there are several variations of this regional dish, the following recipe describes how to prepare the Canederli with yellow beets. Thanks to the cooking lover Mariella of adocchio – blog, for sharing with us his family recipe. Would you like to know more about our friend Mariella? Take a look below!
Even if it is not easy to find some of these ingredients outside of Italy, let’s treat yourself making PiadinaRomagnola from scratch (quick and easy recipe below), and then fill it with what you prefer most and enjoy!
High acidity and moderate alcohol make Sangiovese a very food-friendly red wine. In specific, “E be di Smembar” Sangiovese Superiore brings to mind ripe berries, like raspberries, as well as the purple-leaf plum. It is fresh to the palate, with good minerality and sweet tannins.
It is an Organic Wine produced in a small, passionate, and family-owned wine producer located in a hilly terrain a few hundred meters high southwest of Cesena (Center of Italy – Emilia Romagna Region).
Crispy on the outside, soft in the inside and full of ripe tomatoes focaccia from Bari is one of my most wanted delicacy from Puglia. Living in Copenhagen makes it hard to find a slice of this baked bread around the city. So I challenged my self to prepare an excellent version of it, and finally I’ve reached it :-).
Like the Baresi, (people from Bari) do, eat a slide of this focaccia any time of the day and on any occasion. To fully enjoy its goodness, cut a slice of focaccia in half and stuff it with some mortadella.
I have to say thanks to the funny, brilliant and nice Maria to telling me the essential tips for making these delicious focaccia.
After having enjoyed for a few days a marvellous bouquet with colourful thyme leaves, it’s time to preserve its scent and color for the upcoming months. For a long-lasting flavour of your fresh thyme use the following quick-dry method.
Thyme is such an easy herb to use and it can be added in many recipes. We love using dried Thyme in oven-baked fish, in steak seasoning, and even if it might sound quircky, in some Italian Spoon Dessert!
Spaghetti all’assassina (killer spaghetti), is a signature dish from Bari, Puglia. It becomes à la mode during the 70s. This dish is so popular that in Bari even exists a “Spaghetti all’assassina Accademy”, with members that respect religiously the way this pasta is made. The technique behind is called “risottatura“, so the pasta is not boiled but is cooked directly in the pan, like a risotto, adding the liquid (in this case the tomato sauce) little by little, until it is absorbed and the pastais cooked. The pasta cooks high heat, until it caramelizes and scorches: spaghetti must be crunchy but not burnt! And they are really spicy to, with a lot of peperoncino. So try the recipe that follows here and become an honorary barese.