The first time I saw the flower sprouts was last week when I opened my weekly veggies box delivered in front of my door by Eatgrim.
These new trendy vegetables from the UK have surprised us either with the delicate sweet nutty taste or the consistency. These mini-vegetables are always crunchy and their leaves won’t get damaged even when boiled in salted water.How should you prepare these cross between Kale and Brussel sprout veggies? Stir- fry them with garlic and anchovies, as the Apulian Orecchiette with Broccoli Rabe recipe.
These small irregular fried balls of yeast dough make me feel the Christmas atmosphere. In my hometown Ostuni, and all-around Apulia, people enjoy eating Pettole during the whole Christmas period, until the 6th of January.
Even now that I’m living in Denmark I want my family to feel the same joyful atmosphere, by preparing the Pettole. We love to eat them simply with a dash of salt but you could make them more tasty stuffing them with anchovies. They can easily be made sweet by dipping them in honey orVincotto, or just with a sprinkle of sugar.
This French-influenced Neapolitan Savoury Potato cake was subsequently rendered in Italian as Gatto’. This is considered an informal dish to be served warm and sometimes accompanied by a slice of pizza, just to make the meal more Italian :-). Our version is just made with mozzarella cheese and the ubiquitous Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, but you can enriched it by adding ham or a mature cheese of your choice.
This heady cake, called Babbà, will be a truly show-off dessert for your Christmas table. This rhum drenched dessert is originally from Poland and then spread in Europe, arriving till Naples where the name was changed from Babà to Babbà‘. So it was pronounced by the Neapolitan pastry chefs. In the following years the Neapolitan phrase “Sì ‘nu babbà” (you are as nice as a Babbà) was coined to describe a very handsome and nice person. We realised that the Italian language has many catchphrases that refer to the Italian cuisine. We are very keen to hear whether the same goes for your mother tongue.
We want to thank our friend Danila from Campania region, for giving us her family recipe of this scrumptious dessert.
The zucchini cream takes on an Italian twist with the addition of garlic sautéed clams. It can be served as an entree or as a first course. In either cases give your diners a unique experience pairing the cream with a well structured white wine like the Nanni Cope’- Polveri della Scarrupata.
This wine, made by autoctone grapes Fiano, Asprinio and Pallagrello bianco in the Campania region – Southern Italy, has a golden, straw-yellow color and an extraordinary scents of acacia, eucalyptus, hazelnut and smoky notes as well as notes of apricot, chamomile and citronella.
*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.
These biscuits, from the town of Matera, Southern Italy, are also known as Friselle. This recipe is from my cousin’s grandmother, Carmela, who used to prepare them for her grandchildren. It features smooth dough that becomes an especially crunchy cookie outside, while maintaining its softness inside.
They are usually served with an Italian dessert wine like Vin Santo. Fill your shot glass once the biscuits are ready for dunking!
If you don’t have the typical spatzle maker device, the potato masher will work great to prepare these small gnocchi. You just have to pour the batter through the holes of the masher and let the spatzle fall gently into the boiling water. Don’t worry about the shape of the spatzle. They come from rustic cousine, so they have their fashion!