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.
What’s a Cacio e Pepe? In one sentence: one of the most traditional recipes of Italian cuisine, namely from the Lazio region. You only need two ingredients, plus the pasta, to make it. Easy, right?…not really! There are some tricks you have to learn if you want to serve a creamy, non-sticky Cacio e Pepe.
We interviewed Russel, an English tour guide who works for Carpe Diem Rome. He brings curious tourists all around Rome with tours that are crafted to ensure you get the most out of Rome‘s rich history, providing all the incredible facts and captivating stories that made Rome the centre of the ancient world. Russel opens up to us and shares his recipe, comprising his tips, for a perfect Cacio e Pepe. Keep on reading and let yourself be enchanted by the charm of the Eternal city.
Anyone who tasted Apulian tarallini has liked them.They are both something to nibble on before lunch, as bread during dinner, or as snacks during an aperitif.
These small fragrant finger – food bites are one of the most widely consumed and known foods from the Puglia Region (Southern of Italy). The plain Tarallini are made with simple ingredients present in all the larders in Apulian houses: flour, white wine, Evo oil, and salt. If you like different tastes, flavor them with fennel seeds or chili pepper flakes, turmeric or other spices.
This time let us give thanks to Mamma Vita for her Tarallini recipe. This Mamma has always delighted her beloveds and friends with delicious dishes, and so she does now with us thanks to this yummy recipe.
Flavourful, colourful and without a doubt simply Italian. This delicious recipe will brighten anyone’s mood, especially when paired with a glass of Negroamaro (read our suggestion below).
TO DRINK: Masseria Supreno – is an original bottled Negroamaro, which in this tightly built charm troupe generously offers a potpourri of dark and sweet berry fruit. This wine is sourced from the southern Italian province of Puglia, more specifically from the southern part of the Salento Peninsula (Puglia region), where winemakers and partners at Alma Wines, grow the locally-grown Negroamaro grape from more than 25 year-old vines.
*This wine is imported to Denmark by Vinimondo.dk, a wine wholesaler that works with some of the best wine suppliers in Italy, Portugal, France, and Spain.Drop by the new Vinimondo.dk showroom to taste or buy this Negroamaro Salento I.G.T. Masseria Supreno Red Wine.