The cannoli are one of the most popular Sicilian and Italian desserts in the world. They are made by a crunchy and slightly sweetened envelope filled with a sweet cream based of ricotta cheese and covered with candied fruit, chopped pistachios or chocolate flakes.
Today we are sharing the classical version with you: cannoli filled with sheep ricotta. This type of ricotta gives a more intense flavour and a thicker consistence to the cream.
Going around in Sicily you could taste different versions of these treats, either with chocolate in the shell dough, filled with custard, or filled with ice-cream.
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The Italian Sgroppino is an alcohol and lemon ice cream based drink typical in Veneto. This is a perfect treat to serve between courses or to end a seafood night.
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Our last suggestion for a summer meal is the stuffed Piadina. It’s a typical and traditional flat bread of Romagna, the eastern area of the Emilia–Romagna region. Usually this crispy bread is filled with every kind of delicacies like cured meat, fresh cheese, greens but also with sweet ingredients. Today we suggest to fill this Piadina with Prosciutto Crudo (Cured Ham) and Crescenza or Stracchino, two creamy cheeses. For a tastier piadina, we suggest you to use Stracchino. Enjoy the sun and this delicious food!
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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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The espresso coffee with almond milk syrup is a refreshing iced coffee native to Salento, the most Southern area of the Apulia region. The main city of this peninsula is Lecce, a fascinating and elegant city full of historic palaces and churches in Barocco Leccese style.
Many of the city’s buildings are decorated with friezes, capitals, pinnacles and rosettes, and are made of pietra Leccese. It’s a light brown limestone rock typical in these areas, known for its hardness and its ease of processing.
If you happen to be there, after a walk around the streets of the historical center, take a stop in a Bar in one of the plazas (Piazza Sant’ Oronzo or Piazza Duomo) and taste an iced coffee. We suggest also trying out Il Pasticiotto, a small pasta frolla cake filled with custard cream, as it’s one of the culinarie excellences of Lecce.
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The monthly pairing presented by Walkingwine is Spaghetti con le cozze, the key recipe of Il Veliero restaurant, and Edda Lei, Bianco Salento IGP white wine.
Il Veliero is located in Villanova – Marina di Ostuni (Apulia region).
Domenico and Masietta Caliandro opened the fish restaurant in 2005, after many years of experience both in Italy and abroad.
The restaurant features high quality products, which are chosen every morning in the local fish and vegetable markets by Domenico himself. Beside that, Domenico relies on a rich variety of vegetables grown by Noe’, chef of the restaurant.
In the kitchen, Masietta and her son Davide, together with Chef Noe’, prepare great dishes following the traditional procedures and maintaining ancient tastes.
The Caliandro family revealed their key recipe to Walkingwine, Spaghetti con le cozze (see the recipe below).
Walkingwine paired the dish with a white wine, Edda Lei, Chardonnay Bianco Salento IGP which, with its floral notes, it’s the perfect pairing to enhance the taste of the mussels.
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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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The Apulia cuisine, inspired by the Mediterranean diet, features a lot of fresh and local herbs, vegetables, fruits, contains a moderate amount of pasta and bread, and includes a little fish and meat. These wholesome ingredients are all topped with extra virgin olive oil.
The Acquasala, a popular dish in Apulia, is an example of this cuisine. It is not only healthy, as it is prepared with fresh ingredients, it is also relatively easy to make. This dish can be enjoyed perfectly after a long day at the beach.
Remember: this recipe has no exact measurements, so you can add as little or as much of each ingredient as you wish.
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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.
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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This week we want to bring you in the Puglia region, and more precisely in Cisternino town, the heart of Itria Valley. We recently had the pleasure of spending a few hours together with Giorgio and Giuseppe, the owners of Il Cucco Cucina Enoteca, eating delectable food and sipping a glass (or more :-)) of “Nero di Troia” red wine gently suggested by Walkingwine.
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