Zabaglione is a classic Italian custard served either as a dessert or as a garnish of several sweets and cakes. This egg and sweet wine cream is particularly popular during Christmas and Easter time and paired with traditional cookies like Savoiardi and Amaretti, and also with berries and chocolate. Beyond its deliciousness, Zabaione is also the protagonist of an exciting history: here the traditional recipe and the history!
The Cannoncini alla Crema is a typical Piedmontese sweet, incredibly popular in several Northern and Central Italian regions. Entering into an Italian pastry shop is easy to find Cannoncini filled with different pastry creams, but the most popular filling is for sure the Vanilla Pastry Cream. Here the recipe for the delicious Cannoncini!
Spanakopita is a tasty Greek savory pie filled with spinach, eggs, and feta, daily served as snack, appetizer or light lunch, and particularly appreciated by the kids! This spinach and feta pie has ancient root and probably has been influenced by the Ottoman cuisine. Here the Spanakopita recipe and history!
The Tortilla de Patatas (Spanish omelette) is a must-to-try traveling in Spain. This tasty appetizer is made with just four ingredients, and easy to make. Besides the classic Tortilla, it is possible to prepare several delicious variations with other vegetables, or meat, or cheese. The Spanish tortilla is perfect for a quick lunch or a special brunch, but also at any other time of the day! Here the classic recipe and the history of Tortilla de Patatas!
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!
Gnudi is a classic Tuscan recipe, simple and delicious! The particularity of these Italian dumpling is the smoothness of the dough and the intense flavor thanks to the spinach Ricotta, and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. Commonly, Gnudi are tossed with butter and sage and often paired with a simple, fresh tomato sauce. Try them on and let me know: they’re an authentic bite of Tuscany!
Egg Muffins are a must-to-prepare for a brunch or a party: today I prepared a special version Italian-style! Goat cheese, Parmigiano Reggiano, asparagus, mushrooms, and Pancetta make these muffins just irresistible! If you or your friends prefer a veggie option, just don’t add the Pancetta into some of the muffins, they will be delicious as well.
The Imperial Soup (Zuppa Imperiale) is a typical Bolognese soup: fluffy semolina dough is baked, then reduced into small dices, and finally cooked with a fragrant meat stock. This recipe is a traditional, kid-friendly, option for family gatherings! The preparation of the Imperial Soup is fast and easy. It’s possible to bake and dice this tasty dough in advance, and quickly boil it into meat or vegetable broth just before serving!
Fried lamb chops recall my childhood: In Bologna, my hometown, Easter means fried lamb! Even today, I can still see my granny’s hands poaching the meat into the eggs and heavy cream mixture. I can hear the sizzle of the peanuts oil and smell the fragrance of frying chops filling out any space of the house. I have never been bored of this dish! It is so tasty and full of fun, a feast of sensations. The crisp of the golden crust covering a secret of spiced meat, the sour taste of the lemon juice, the permission to eat directly with my hand, a joy forbidden with almost all other courses, so yummy!
Italian frittata! This recipe is a classic in Italy, cooked along with various ingredients like herb, spinach, mushrooms and… onions! Today I prepared a tasty onion frittata: one of the preferred recipes of the Italian people. Just whisk and combine the eggs with caramelized onions, then cooked and flipped. I love to serve onion frittata with fresh greens or sauteed dandelions, warm or at room temperature!