Mussels in white wine sauce are one of the most popular Italian recipes. The preparation is very easy and requires just a few ingredients. The quality of the mussels is critical, and they have to be preferably living. This dish is originally from Naples, and it was the preferred recipe of King Ferdinand of the Two Sicilies. The mussels are cooked along with olive oil, garlic, parsley, and black pepper, then basted with white wine, and finally served on toasted bread slices: delicious!
Lemon Granita is the traditional answer against the hot Sicilian summer. Sicily is famous for several amazing things: long history, turquoise sea, cosmopolitan culture, and amazing food! I love Sicily and last June I came back there to spend my vacation days. Trust me, drinking a lemon Granita seating comfortably around a table, and watching the Sicilian life passing in front of me: this is a piece of my personal heaven!
We all love Sangria! But, the problem comes when we organize a party with our kids. Drinking a good Sangria with our friends can make the youngster guests a bit lonely. So that’s the idea: prepare an incredible, delicious non alcoholic Sangria! I love using the Concord grape juice instead of the wine and the Ginger beer to replace the spices. Apples, peaches, and strawberries enhance the flavor of this flavorful drink: healthy and tasty!
The Shakshuka is a tasty North-African and Israeli recipe commonly prepared for breakfast and sometimes served at dinner along with hummus, sausages and Pita bread. The eggs are poached in a hearty tomato sauce enriched with bell peppers, garlic, onions, and spices. I love to serve Shakshuka as particular and amazing brunch, preparing the sauce the previous day, and poaching the eggs at the moment: delicious!
Roasted veal breast “alla Fornara” is a classic Italian recipe rich in taste and history! The origin of this dish is Roman, created at the times of the battles for the Italy’s unification by an Italian patriot. The recipe is easy and tasty: juicy veal breast marinated in salt and herbs, braised in white wine, then roasted in the oven. The veal “alla Fornara” is traditionally served along with potatoes, roasted aside the meat. Here the recipe and the history of this amazing and patriotic delight!
The Italian Giardiniera is an ancient recipe for pickled vegetables. It is also called Giardiniera Campagnola (Rural Giardiniera), because it was one of the most traditional ways to save the overabundance of the production by the farmers, and store a spare of fresh vegetables before the winter. Giardiniera recipe is a “must-to-try” of the classic Italian “aperitivo” (aperitif), and delicious paired with meats and cheeses for a fantastic Italian BBQ. The vegetables may vary depending on the availability of the garden, but commonly the ingredients I choose, compose the classic Giardiniera mix!
Peas and Pancetta is a classic Italian pairing: a tasty side dish or party appetizer. The sweetness of peas contrasts pleasantly against the rich taste of Italian Pancetta. In this case, I’ve added seared slices of mini bell peppers and fresh parsley: simple and delicious!
This yellow lentils rice bowl is a healthy alternative for lunch at home or work! Lentils are rich in fiber, and minerals, and vitamins. Today, I paired the lentils with the fresh taste of grilled zucchini seasoned with olive oil and mint. A couple of tablespoons of Basmati rice cooked with Pilaf method finish the yellow lentils rice bowl: a vegan boost of energy for your body!
Tripe recipe made Florentine way (called in Italian “Trippa alla Fiorentina”) is one of the most challenging dishes of Tuscan cuisine: hell or heaven for any foodie who wants to explore the Florentine traditions deeply. The people of Florence love tripe and consider this recipe the Queen of street food: along with “Lampredotto”, “Trippa alla Fiorentina” is served in almost any corner on the streets of Florence. The tripe is reduced into stripes then slow cooked into tomatoes sauce and completed with Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. If you are planning a few days in Florence, consider accepting the challenge to eat as real “Fiorentino” does!
Charred okra and tomatoes stew is a recipe perfect to serve at a BBQ party! This delish is great also prepared in your kitchen with the help of a cast iron pan: just remember to clean and season the pan after the use. The okra is cut into halves and stir-fried until charred, then seasoned with a delicious cherry tomatoes sauce. Finally, the okra is slow-cooked depending on the grade of cooking you prefer: simple, healthy and tasty!