Pasta with Puntarelle

Puntarelle are one of the interesting vegetables available in this season. Where I come from, northern Italy, they are not very common, but in central and southern Italy they are widely used, especially in Lazio region where the stems and shoots are eaten raw in a salad, simply seasoned with olive oil, anchovies and garlic….

Kringel

This is a very good cake typical of the Scandinavian area, but also Estonia and also some other countries. From all the recipes I saw, this seems to be more the Estonian version. But there are various versions, also with dried fruits or raisins for example. It has a very old origin, dating back centuries…

Risotto with Bergamot and Perch

I’m sure many of you have already drunk the Earl Grey tea with bergamot flavor, and if you like that then probably you will love also this recipe 🙂 Bergamot is a very unique and very fragrant fruit of the citrus family, it is mostly used for its essential oil for flavoring, but also for…

Beetroot Risotto – Risotto alla Barbabietola

This is not only a good recipe, but also beautiful 🙂 let’s tell the truth, its color is amazing and it can always surprise positively your guests 🙂 It’s a simple recipe (if you are already used to make risotto), with simple ingredients, and if you like this particular winter vegetable for sure you are…

Dresdner Christstollen

Christmas season was coming again, and this year I decided to prepare a Stollen, the typical German sweet for these feasts 🙂 It is a fruit bread that originated in Dresden, and it has a long history, and like most of the recipes with long history it has changed during the years. At the beginning…

Sfincione Palermitano

This is one the most famous street foods of the city of Palermo, Sicily. At a first sight it might look like a pizza, but it’s more like a focaccia. It has a very soft dough, thanks also to the little fat used, it’s spongy, it’s usually thick, and it’s topping it’s very tasty 🙂…

Coq au Vin – Braised Rooster

This is one of the most iconic recipes of the French cuisine, not only because the “coq” is their national symbol, but because this recipe is really a masterpiece if properly executed. It’s an old recipe with a long history and tradition, that dates back when it was common to have roosters at home, or…

Cake with Ricotta and Lemon

This is a cake that is very easy to make, very fast, but it has an amazing flavor, and a very nice freshness given by the lemon. It’s not the usual soft spongy cake, but it’s more compact and wet. You can choose the ricotta you prefer (cow, sheep or buffalo), what’s important is to…

Mustazzeddu – Focaccia from Sardinia

Here it is another of the many types of Italian focaccia. This time I prepared a typical recipe of Sardinia region, the Mustazzeddu. But it is known also as Pratzida, Sa pani cun tamatiga (literally bread with tomato), and for sure some other names too, depending on the area/villages 🙂 It seems this recipe originated…

Cinghiale in Dolce Forte – Tuscan Wild Boar Stew

I love game meat, in winter I use to prepare it more times, and wild boar is between my favorites. I use to prepare it stewed, with usual Italian flavors, but this recipe it’s very unique for nowadays common taste, and the first time it can be very surprising 🙂 perfect for some special occasion….

Appenzeller Chäshörnli

This is one of those “very winter” recipes 🙂 I managed to accidentally find here the Appenzeller cheese (a cheese with a 700 years history), which is a very good mountain cheese from Switzerland, more precisely of the Appenzell canton, so I thought that this recipe would be perfect. There are 3 types of this…

Spaghettoni al Pomodoro

Today 5th of December I prepared one of the best “spaghettoni al pomodoro” I ever did…how is this possible, almost in winter? The answer is simple: with amazing products, like these “pomodorini del piennolo del Vesuvio” (or other similar great artisanal products), simply picked up when perfectly ripe, squeezed with hands and carefully put in…