Category: Italy

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How to Make the Softest Italian Pear and Almond Chocolate Cake

Valentine’s Day Delight or Daily Coffee Side? This Pear and Almond Chocolate Cake is a delicious and versatile dessert that works wonderfully both as an indulgent dessert to finish a romantic Valentine Day’s dinner AND as a side for your daily coffee(s). To the Italians, it is in most cases the latter, but that does not mean this pear and almond chocolate cake cannot make a perfect special occasion dessert. To me, it works the same way Tiramisù would: “wow!” And “can I have more, please?” Imagine the combination of delicate, soft and juicy pears and the crunchiness offered by...

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Perfect Bread Maker Panettone – Christmas Made Easy

The Bread of Toni As is the case with everything Italian, the nation’s Christmas traditional dessert, Panettone, has its own history that goes back to the fifteenth century.  A legend has it that one Christmas Eve, while the entire court and guests of Ludovico Sforza, Duke of Milan were sat at the festive table, disaster stroke in the kitchen. The cook managed to accidentally burn the dessert!  Mamma mia, che dolore che faccio ora il duce mi va cortare il capo! (Oh, dear God, what a disaster, the duke will chop my head off!) While the unfortunate cook was pulling his...

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Spinach and Ricotta Cannelloni – An Easy Dinner Idea

Italian Is Always Best! Cannelloni are in essence pasta tubes filled with ricotta and spinach or cooked mince meats. Even if Italy’s history of pasta goes back to the 4th century BC, to the Etruscans times, cannelloni seem to be a bit younger, their origin traced somewhere in the 8th century CE. There are mentions of this dish in Toscana and Campania around the same time, even if there is some distance between the two regions. Today, all supermarkets sell packs of dry tubes, and this saves time in cooking cannelloni. Nevertheless, the Italians praise themselves for making fresh pasta...

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Make the Best Italian Ciabatta

Our Daily Bread from the Eighties Bread might be one of the oldest foods created by humans, but people will always invent new varieties, especially if they are French or Italians. It is the case of ciabatta, our daily loaf from the eighties, which at nearly fifty is one of the youngest assortments of bread that found worldwide fame in just a few years from being invented.  How has the delicious slipper-shaped bread with a smooth, crisp crust and porous, slightly humid interior come to be? Is seems we owe it to the Italian rally pilot turned miller, Arnaldo Cavallari....

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How to Make the Best Ever Tiramisù

A Finger-Licking Delicious Italian Dessert Disclaimer: If you are old enough to drink, you should always drink responsibly! A while ago, I came across this book: Every Day Is A Holiday, by George Mahood. The author, a family man, had an epiphany that people invented or created lots of holidays connected to something meaningful. The entire calendar, all 360 days of it, consists of something significant enough that deserves recognition. So, Mahood celebrated every day for a whole year. Anything is worth revelling, from Zombie Day on the first on January, to Oopsie Daisy Day, Awkward Moments Day, Work Naked Day, No...

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Make the Best Spaghetti With Clams – Pasta All’Amalfitana

An Amalfi Coast Special Release the well-known aphrodisiac power of seashells in this easy to make spaghetti with clams recipe that will make your dinner special! Date night, a special Valentine’s Day meal or even a regular easy dinner would become notable when you add a touch of Italian cuisine magic! The truth be told, no Italian food can go wrong, but you can make it just a bit more particular by adding ingredients that work wonders to a relatively simple dish. Imagine the sparkle this dish can ignite on Valentine’s Day! To many, pasta with clams does not even...

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Venice. The Jewel Of The Adriatic

Game of Masks Music: Winter in July, Sarah Brightman Movie: Pane e Tulipani (Bread and Tulips) Book: The Honest Courtesan, Margaret Rosenthal  For the entire summer, the cruise ship docks in Venice for three days every three weeks. A few minutes stroll through a sea of tourists that swarm the city in the summer months takes me to Piazza San Marco.  Even closer to the pier is an extension of the Giardini della Biennale, called Viale Giuseppe Garibaldi. My favourite quiet place in Venice. Here, I like to spend time alone with a book, sitting on one of the benches strewn along the shaded alley.  Most...

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Make A Quick And Easy Caprese Salad

Simple Is Beautiful and Delicious! As the name implies, the fresh, delicious and easy to make Caprese Salad originates from Capri – Mediterranean’s most fascinating island, just a short boat ride from Naples. It might seem a humble dish, but it is one of Italy’s favourites. And we love it too! The Italians take pride in considering it a homage to their flag: green, white and red served on a plate. Caprese is ready in minutes and brings the unforgettable taste of a holiday in the sun. Just think of that insane blue sea, the elegant hotels, the cypress trees....

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Capri, Italy. The Best Place on Earth!

Lunatics of Rome Music: Be Careful What You Wish For, Bad Omens Movie: L’imperatore di Capri (The Emperor of Capri) Book: The Story of San Michele, Axel Munthe The shape of Capri blurry and my face is frozen. The wind and salty droplets splash me relentlessly. Maybe boarding the traghetto so early in the morning was not the most brilliant idea. I did it nonetheless because it will give me an entire day on the island. As the port of Naples is shrinking behind, my eyes are squinting longingly forward, glued to the familiar blue shape rising from the greyish...

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