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?
During the last International Festival at my daughters’ school, I dusted off my grandma’s cookbook to look for a typical Italian treat. The recipe that I chose, and that I have fond memories of, is surely the one of these biscuits named “Chiffeletti“. My grandma used to visit us at least twice a year and every time she used to bring a box filled to the brim with scented Chiffeletti. She was never satisfied about how they came out because sometimes they were a little burnt at the bottom, (at the time the parchment paper was not common to use) but this was the thing I loved the most.
It’s a pleasure now to share her recipe and to hold on to her memory. I do hope you’ll also like this recipe and my grandma’s Chiffeletti!
As every year the city of Trieste (located in Friuli Venezia Giulia – Northeastern Italian region) will host the “Barcolana“. This year the spectacular regatta will be celebrating its 50th anniversary and will take place on October 14th in the stunning gulf in front of the city.
The Barcolana is the biggest regatta in the world. In the last years, more than 2.100 boats were registered and thousands of enthusiastic sailors were attracted. Also this year, the celebrations have already started in the city, which is bursting of events to make the visitors experiencing the true spirit of this wonderful Regatta. Yes, the Barcolana must be lived at least once in your life, in the same way as its hosting city. For more info take a look at the event website (www.barcolana.it.).
It is not just a case that Trieste hosts the Barcolana. The hills surrounding the city form a natural tunnel for the east winds blowing toward the sea. The most famous of these winds is certainly the Bora. With its well above 100 km/h gusts, Bora makes all locals feel alive!
Recently, the Eataly Store opened in Trieste by the sea and dedicated the store right to the Bora wind.
Plum Gnocchi are one of those dishes featuring the culinary tradition in Friuli Venezia Giulia (Italian Northeastern region). These Gnocchi actually have a Bohemian origin, as they were introduced when the Austro-Hungarian dominion was in the region.
When I’m in Italy for the autumn break to visit my husband’s family, my mother in law never fails to prepare these Gnocchi for me, as she knows that it is my favourite dish of her repertoire. Recently I was authorised to “steal” the recipe, which she jealously keeps in her recipe book, just because I had to share it on the blog 😉
This is a dish that can be served either as a main dish or as a dessert. In my family we use to eat it without pairing anything else beside as it is a complete meal in itself. Perhaps the only thing you’ll want to ask at the very most, after eating a few, will be a digestive. :-))
Liptauer is a creamy and tangy cheese quite popular across multiple countries. It is no surprise that there are many variations on the spread. We find Liptauer in many groceries in Trieste (the main city in the Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia) as this cheese is very appreciated in the north east of Italy. We opted to make Liptauer using ricotta and mascarpone cheese instead of sheep cheese, and sweet paprika instead of hot paprika. Our version is sweeter and delicate, perfect to be garnished with pecan nuts.
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Terrano grapes are cultivated in two European nations, Italy and Slovenia, but the soil is the same: the Carso.
The Carso (Karst) is a plain situated above the Central European city of Trieste (in Friuli Venezia Giulia Region of northeastern Italy) and neighboring Slovenia.
Terrano wine is also known as “Blood of Carso” for its intense red color. The grapes are grown on a peculiar bright red soil rich in salts, beneath which exist thousands of sinkholes. The wines of this area reflect the strong and intense character of the land that produces them.
The combination of a fresh acidity and aromas of forest fruit, make Terrano wine perfect to prepare a scrumptious and refreshing granita.
Easter holidays have finally arrived and you can take advantage of it baking with your children our Easter cake, called Pinza and its funniest version called Titole. This is a traditional cake from Trieste, the capital of the Italian region FriuliVeneziaGiulia.
It will take the hole afternoon to make it, but we guarantee that your children would love it, especially if you’ll end up eating a well deserved slice of Pinza with a spoonful of Nutella.