Italian Grissini

The Grissini, originally from Torino, are the well known breadsticks that are usually thin and crunchy.

When we were living in Italy and used to go buy the fresh bread in our neighbourhood bakery daily, the baker used to offer my daughters a grissino each to keep in their hand and to munch on while they waited for me to get ready with my errands. That was a kind gesture that they appreciated a lot and made them happy.

When I made this recipe, my girls were likewise happy and ate them up in less than one hour, but with a bit of nostalgia.(Francesca)

🍷 Francesca & Marinella🍴

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Mozzarella and Tomato Caprese 🇮🇹

One of the stories behind the birth of the Mozzarella and Tomato Caprese – known as Insalata Caprese (literally, salad from Capri), says that this simple and tasty dish was created on a construction site where a particularly patriotic bricklayer stuffed his sandwiches during lunch break with tomatoes, mozzarella and basil to recall the colors of the Italian flag. Let us say that after the win of the Italian football team at the European Championship we also feel a little patriotic, wanting to bring the Italian colors on our table to celebrate this success. 🇮🇹

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Matching Italian Food and Wine: Aromatic and Fragrant Oven Roasted Rabbit with Polenta – Ripresa Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Red Wine

This is winter comfort food at its finest! 

We absolutely love good rabbit meat dipped in a creamy polenta, especially when the colder months are finally here (we’ve been waiting for a little snow for sooo long!). Grab a glass of Ripresa Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Red Wine, sit back and enjoy!

This organic wine with its silky structure and its floral and fruity notes of blackberries will delight every wine-loving consumers.

*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 Ripresa Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Red Wine.

🍷Francesca & Marinella🍴

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Matching Italian Food and Wine: Parmigiana Style Tart and “Il Sangiovese” Red Wine – Noelia Ricci

This week we want you to bring to your table the Mediterranean colors and flavours. With this super easy tart you will impress your guests pairing it with a glass of “Il Sangiovese” red wine. This Noelia Ricci wine is well structured with good acidity and a pleasantly lingering finish. It features a light-medium body, fresh fruit notes of blackberry and raspberry. This wine is easy to drink and perfect for accompanying an Apero’, but just be careful because one glass leads to another!

*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.

🍷Francesca & Marinella🍴


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Matching Italian Food and Wine: Cream of Asparagus with Poached Egg – La Gioiosa Prosecco Brut DOC Treviso Sparking Wine*

This week’s wine is a Prosecco white wine produced from the Glera grapes in the wonderful hillside vineyards of Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia (Northeastern Italian regions). Within the vast area of DOC Prosecco, including nine provinces between Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia, there is the historic area of the Province of Treviso where La Gioiosa has its headquarters and has been producing its wines since generations.

This sparkling wine is a good pairing either for an appetizer or to accompany a dinner. We tried it paired with a Cream of Asparagus and Poached Egg. We hope that you’ll also enjoy the creaminess of this delicate soup-er dish enhanced by the freshness of this lovely Prosecco. Cin Cin! 🍷

*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.

In Denmark you can buy this Prosecco La Gioiosa here: Nemlig

🍷 Francesca & Marinella🍴

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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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Orecchiette Pasta and Homemade Sweet Ricotta Calzoni from Matera – European Capital of Culture 2019

Thanks to Riccardo Casarico Photo for this scenic view of Matera – Italy

With this recipe we would like to celebrate the unique and appealing city of Matera, well known as the Stone City, and located in the Basilicata region – Southern Italy. This year Matera was awarded as the European Capital of Culture 2019, thanks to its unique beauty and history. Matera is famous worldwide for its Sassi: stone houses carved out of the caves and cliffs, dating back 7000 years ago. The best way to enjoy this surprising city is to get lost in the many alleys of this ancient part of the town. You will be surprised by the amount of churches, historical buildings and houses carved into the rock.

Thanks Rosanna and her sweet Mamma for giving us this delicious recipe from Matera. Traditionally, this dish is seasoned with a succulent pork meat tomato ragout and it’s prepared to celebrate the Mardi Gras lunch. In our version we made it easier to prepare, but not less tasty, as we seasoned it with a tomato sauce.

Homemade Sweet Ricotta calzoni from Matera and Orecchiette Pasta
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Let’s Celebrate the Upcoming 2019 with a Free Interpretation of the Neapolitan Pastiera!

2018 is coming to an end and we are now ready to welcome the upcoming new year by celebrating  New Year’s Eve together with our friends and dear ones.

To go out with a bang we’ve prepared a free interpretation of the Neapolitan Pastiera. This is not the classical version (for that please be patient until Easter 😉 ), but a deconstructed Pastiera. It brings the flavour of the traditional cake but it’s quicker to prepare as we used ready-made butter cookies instead of making the shortcrust pastry.

We have to thank our friend Francesca from Naples whom we prepared the traditional Pastiera with and who shared all the little secrets of this delectable cake.

We wish you all 365 days full of joy and…good food!

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