If you were lucky enough to visit Rome and eat in one of its many “trattorie” (Italian informal restaurants, Ed.), you’ll have noticed that the food experience is a visceral, rough and traditional one. The Roman cuisine has very ancient origins, but has been able to evolve at an equal pace with the discovery of new ingredients from other continents, such as cocoa and tomatoes. The queen of entrees is without a doubt the oxtail “alla vaccinara”, one of the most popular among Roman dishes and the pride of every self-respecting cook of the capital. Today I present you with a more traditional and rich recipe: a dish which is complex in flavors, elegant, but also full of history: a real treat!
The fresh tomato pulp is ideal for dressing pasta, entrees and bruschettas. Its fast and taste summer. You can prepare it a day or two before, in order to speed up the preparation of the main course. I also use it on bruschettas, with olives, capers and some finely chopped fresh onion.
On Sunday morning my wife and I like to treat ourselves well. This recipe is perfect if you want to wake up with a smile; just prepare the chocolate fudge muffin the day before and warm them a few minutes in the oven (do not skip this step, otherwise they will not retain their characteristic softness). They are delicious on their own, but if you want my advice, garnish at the last minute with whipped cream, blueberries and raspberries. Of course they will make a perfect snack or dessert, not to mention a tasty late night treat!
This cream of asparagus occurred to me one day, preparing grape tomatoes in the oven. I was wondering how I could use them other than as an appetizer and so I came up with the idea for this extremely simple, creamy vegetarian pasta recipe (we can save the proteins for another dish!). I really enjoy the cream of asparagus and I love prepare it often: it’s simple and always a success. You don’t need butter or cream, only high-quality extra virgin olive oil! The result is a playful dish, full of color and reminiscent of the festivities, which is also perfect for getting children to eat vegetables.
Roasted cherry tomatoes in olive oil are both excellent for pasta, risotto, salads, and also to eat during an aperitif, with olives, cured meats, and cheese. They can be flavored with many herbs and scents: here, I have prepared some with fresh oregano and some others with garlic, capers, and parsley. Try to make them; the taste of these roasted tomatoes after a few weeks stored in the dark is so yummy!
Today I’d like to propose a family dessert. A crunchy lemon flavored semifreddo prepared by my mother, who in turn received the recipe from a dear friend (thanks Anna for having started all of this!). I enjoy these stories because at each step something is modified, and in the end, the recipe takes on a life of its own. You can serve it as a “tile” directly from the loaf pan, or measure doses with an ice cream spoon, adding additional crumbled meringues at the end.
Meringues are the foundation of many desserts (at my house in Bologna, we call them “spumini”). They are excellent when crumbled for stuffing ice cream cakes or whole, used as a decoration. They are also delicious eaten alone, perhaps covered with melted chocolate or flavored with coffee. They are simple to prepare, but you must arm yourself with patience and be sure to perform some fundamental steps: let’s see the recipe together!