Classic Summery Pappa al Pomodoro Recipe from Tuscany

Pappa al Pomodoro - Traditional Summery Soup from Tuscany
Viva la pappa pappa col popopopomodoro, viva la pappa e’ un capopolavoro 🎶 🎶... This is one of those songs that made the history of Italian music, known by all the Italians ever since they were children. It’s something my grandma used to sing to my mom when she was little. A generation later, my mom used to do the same to me, and two generations later I sang it to my kids to encourage them to eat. Let’s contribute to make this song everlasting: learn the refrain, take the ingredients out of the larder and prepare the Pappa al pomodoro. This peasant recipe has earned a special spot in the Italian cuisine over the years. Originally from Tuscany, it’s known all over the Italian peninsula, thanks to its simplicity. The basic ingredients are only stale bread, ripe tomatoes and garlic. By adding a drizzle of Evo oil, a handful of basil leaves, and a dollop of mozzarella cream, you’ll get a great dish to be served to your kids… humming the Pappa al pomodoro song!
Pappa al Pomodoro - Traditional Recipe from Tuscany
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Grandpa’s Tart – Torta del Nonno from Tuscany

Grandpa’s Tart – Torta del Nonno from Tuscany

Today, in Italy the Grandpa’s day is being celebrated. We believe it’s a great occasion to honour and say thank you to all of our grandparents, who are always willing to help us when we need them. While I was thinking about which cake my daughter’s Grandpa would love to eat today, I thought about his taste when it comes to sweet treats. He is very fond of every kind of sweet food, but he has a penchant for chocolate. So, wanting to be impartial and still giving credit to all the Grandmothers, albeit satisfying his craving for chocolate, we went with this luscious version of the Grandma’s tart we already baked in the past. (Recipe here: Torta della Nonna).

Grandpa’s Tart – Torta del Nonno from Tuscany

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A Soft and Scented Carnival Cake from Florence: La Schiacciata Dolce

This Schiacciata Dolce, called Schiacciata Fiorentina, is a typical cake from Florence. It is very popular and appreciated during the Carnival season. In Italy, Carnival is celebrated all over the Peninsula, from the big cities to the small villages, organizing  parades and masquerade balls in a cheerful and carefree atmosphere. This period culminates in the Mardi Gras, baking as much as possible before Lent begins on Ash Wednesday. You then have one more day to eat as much as you want, so let’s go and bake our Schiacciata Fiorentina!

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Eat the Season: The Gnudi from Tuscany

Spinach is available year round but in this period you find the fall variety characterised by more succulent leaves. Spinach is a good reservoir of minerals and vitamins, as long as it is consumed strictly raw. If you have to cook them as in this recipe, it’s better if you steam the spinach to preserve the nutrients. Now you are all set to prepare this recipe from Tuscany: the Gnudi. This name, in Tuscan dialect, means naked, as they are not covered with dough. The lightness and delicacy of this dish is the strength of the Gnudi, which are best accompanied by a fresh dressing light tomato sauce or butter and sage.

The Gnudi, Spinach and Ricotta based Dish from Tuscany
Tuscan Gnudi

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Pasta with Black Cabbage Pesto

The black cabbage is a vegetable rich of antioxidants and anti-inflammatories. Therefore, this weekly recipe is not only quick but also healthy.

We are aware that black cabbage is not a common vegetable, especially out of Italy, but we’ve been lucky to find it at Mercatino delle verdure (Ca’- Cucina, Rebekkavej 49 – Hellerup).

If you are looking for some fresh products, imported from Italy, go visit the Mercatino delle verdure. We are sure you’ll find something to give an Italian twist to your table!

 

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Pasta al Coccio from Florence: A Warm and Convivial Recipe

Autumn is coming and it calls for cosy moments with your friends and family, sharing a warm and convivial food.
Today’s recipe, Pasta al Coccio, is a typical Florentine fall recipe that we got from our sweet friend Alice. Let’s go meet her in the following interview.

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Grandma’s tart – torta della nonna

Today we baked a traditional Tuscan recipe: la torta della nonna. It’s a scrumptious, and at the same time, delicate tart filled with lemon custard, and sprinkled with an abundant handful of pine nuts.

These pictures were taken in collaboration with the photographer Franca Quaglia (http://www.pointandshoot.ch), based in Zurich, who gave us valuable tips to improve our photography skills. Thanks Franca for such an amazing day!

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Cecina – chickpea flour pancake

The cecina or farinata is a traditional street food from the Tuscan Riviera and the Liguria region. People use to eat a slice of cecina in an open focaccia bread named “schiacciata” for a snack or a quick dinner.

This dish is especially popular in Livorno (Tuscany region) where it is called “5 e 5”, because in the past 1 cecina and 1 focaccia costed only 5 lire each.

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Traditional Homemade Tordelli di Lucca -Tuscany

Homemade filled fresh Pasta, Tordelli di Lucca. Seasoned with traditional Ragu Bolognese

This week our Italian friend Elena, who lives in Tokyo – Japan, shares with us a tasty and traditional recipe from Lucca, a beautiful small town in Tuscany.

If you are arranging a journey in Toscana don’t miss a stop there, even just to taste the filled fresh pasta tordelli.

Homemade filled fresh Pasta, Tordelli di Lucca. Seasoned with traditional Ragu Bolognese
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