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.
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 tordelli di Lucca!
Finally a recipe with pork meat! We are delighted to share the first of our secret “Grandmother’s recipes” (called in Italian Ricette della nonna), that we’ve been lucky to inherited during the recent visit of the Mother – in – law of one of us.
We paired this tasty winter dish with a red wine: Primitivo di Manduria “Collezione Bellisario” 2016 – Cantine due palme. This wine, made from 100% Primitivo grapes in the vineyards in the southern Manduria zone (Salento – Apulia Southern Italy), is characterised by a deep-red color, a juicy scent and lots of dark fruit, blackberries, spices.
This Primitivo di Manduria wine is imported to Denmark from Vinimondodk, a wine wholesaler that works with some of the best wine suppliers in Italy, Portugal, France and Spain.
Stay tuned for the other Italian secret Grandmother’s recipes! 🙂