Ceglie biscuits: our version

These biscuits are a traditional goodness from Ceglie Messapica, a small town in Itria Valley (Upper Salento) – Puglia – Southern Italy. In recent years, its elegant downtown, its amazing countryside (filled with farmlands, olive groves, medieval castles, vineyards, almond trees and trulli) and its food, made with simple and tasty ingredients, have attracted people not only from all over Italy but also from all over the world.

Ceglie biscuits, Slow food Presidium, are made only with products from the territory: almonds, cherry or grape jam, rosolio (homemade liqueur), lemon. If you wish to have a taste of the original ones and you find yourself in Ceglie Massapica, go and visit one of these bakeries: “Forno Allegrini“, “da Gigliola” or “Caffé Pasticceria centrale“.

If you live, just like us, far from Apulia, bake them by yourself following our recipe and you will get an initial idea on how delicious they are!


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Almond horn cookies

January is notoriously the month during which kids get sick. As the flu did not spare our children, either, what’s the best way to brighten up their down days?

Bake, bake and bake!  That’s the answer. Even better if you bake something sweet like these almond horn cookies.


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Meat Roll- ups, brasciole from Apulia

When I was a child, in my house in Apulia, Sunday wasn’t a respectable Sunday without a succulent dish of pasta al ragù di brasciole. Despite the name the pasta sauce does not contain the brasciole (the meat roll-ups); these are served separately after the pasta (as a secondo piatto in Italian), always accompanied by some good wine, like the well known Salice Salentino or Negroamaro (which at the time I was of course not allowed to drink :))

Thanks to Fabio, a long time friend, for giving us advices about this brasciole dish. 



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Walkingwine: a street-wineshop

Walkingwine: an unconventional catering, the wine where you want it.

Last summer we randomly came across the inventors of a quite unusual way to taste and enjoy wine: a street wine – shop. Graziana and Giorgio, two Apulian business owners, a few months ago started their activity with the idea of bringing top quality local wine into the streets of Puglia with an equipped 3-wheeler.

“We are at our best in lonely places: nature, country side, cliffs, view points… where there’s nothing, we come, we bring the party, we go. Leaving the “nothing” in its own place” is their motto. Check their website.

We kept contact, and they offered to present a guest post with a pairing between a wine produced with grapes from the Apulian vineyards and a dish suggested by a local chef, whose flavours are enhanced by the characteristics of the wine.

The first column presents a white wine, Fiano – Salento IGT from I buongiorno, a fine wine collection created by the refined sommelier Teodosio Buongiorno, and made from ones of the best Apulian vineyards according to the age and characteristics of the land.

Teresa Buongiorno, the owner with Teodosio, of the Osteria Già sotto l’arco restaurant prepared a dish, “Steamed squilla mantis on chickpea cream” (the recipe below), which pairs with this wine the best.

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Aubergine tower – torretta di melanzane by Matteo Fantacchiotti

Our friend Matteo has shared with us a recipe inspired by the torretta di melanzane, a dish created by the renowned Italian chef Alfonso Iaccarino. If you want to taste the original, you can go to his restaurant Don Alfonso di Sant’Agata dei Due Golfi in the Amalfi Coast.


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Saint Joseph’s Zeppole

IMG_3893The zeppole of Saint Joseph are the delicious pastries that in Southern Italy, especially in Puglia and in Campania, people make for Father’s day on March 19th. You can bake or fry them, below we will show you the two different procedures, just choose the one you prefer and try it!


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Prawns and sea bass in a salt crust

Cooking in salt is a simple and healthy way to prepare fish and shellfish, but also meat and vegetables. We will show you how to bake in salt the sea basses and prawns.

Our favorite shellfish baked in salt are the red shrimps, that live in the Ionian Sea and in the South Seas, and they are slightly sweeter than the normal ones.

If you are planning a trip to Apulia – Puglia, don’t miss out testing  the most delicious Gamberi rossi al sale (red shrimps baked in salt) at the Restaurant “La Puritate“, in Gallipoli.

Gallipoli is a small fishing town located by the Ionian sea, on the west coast of the Apulia. The old part, an island connected by a bridge to the mainland, is a medieval village with narrow streets and white buildings, typical of Mediterranean style.

But, in the meantime, try our new tasteful recipe!


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Eggs with onions

You need only 3 ingredients to make the quick, easy and delicious recipe of the week. Eggs with onions is a peasant dish, very popular in Southern Italy, especially in Apulia (Puglia).

Click here for a nice article about Ostuni – Puglia by Alma Reyes, a writer and editor from Tokyo. She went there and she fell in love with the beautiful place.


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Almond biscuits from Apulia (dolcetti di mandorle)

The almond tree and the olive tree are typical of the apulian landscape: strong and hardy plants, they grow easily in this mostly sunny land. The almonds, sweet and crunchy, are the principal ingredients of various types of desserts and biscuits, and also of refreshing drinks during summer.

At this time of the year people start preparing the dolcetti (the small cookies), to be offered, and enjoyed, during Christmas time… we show how to make one of our favourites: almonds dolcetti. These are delicious little cakes, slightly crisp and cracked on the outside with a soft heart inside.

We advise you to pair them with a sip of dessert liquor like Limoncello, Vin Santo or Amaro.

This recipe is very quick and simple; you only need to be careful while baking, but follow our instructions and the result will be spectacular.

If you find yourself in Ostuni – Puglia, go to Dulcis in fundo to have a taste of the original dolcetti di mandorla. Would like know more about Puglia click here

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Orecchiette with broccoli rabe

This week we will show you how to prepare one of the most traditional and popular pasta dish from the southern Italian cuisine: the Orecchiette con le cime di rapa (orecchiette with broccoli rabe).

The broccoli rabe is a bitter green vegetable that grows in autumn-winter season in Italy. But, even though it’s not a typical Danish product, we easily found it in few greengrocers (SuperBrugsen and Meny), and that’s the reason why we decided to prepare this recipe. (See the picture below if you are in doubt on how to recognize the broccoli rabe).

With great surprise, we found also the dry orecchiette pasta (Rummo brand) in SuperBrugsen, Irma and Meny shops, but if you would like to make the fresh ones by yourself, follow the instructions below!


If you are organizing a romantic stay with your beloved, we would suggest to book a few nights at one of the most typical and  charming houses in Puglia (Apulia-Italy), called Trullo. Book your stay, at Trullo per due in the countryside just outside OstuniAnd while you are there, don’t miss the most tasteful Orecchiette with cime di rapa of Ostuni at Osteria del tempo perso!

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