Creamy Trentino soup with pearl barley and speck : orzetto alla trentina

Orzotto alla trentina

Here is a soup recipe with pearl barley. It is a specialty from Trentino Alto Adige, where my husband comes from. Of course, there is some speck in it, a very special sort of smokey bacon that is so tasty! This Continue reading

Lilly’s culurgiones, Sardinian ravioli with mint and potatoes

Culurgiones Sardinian ravioli

We had a wonderful time at B&B Monte Lora in San Vito where we had a cooking demonstration with Lilly: we learnt how to make culurgiones, Sardinian ravioli with mint, potatoes and pecorino cheese.   The dough is made with Continue reading

Turnip greens fusilli

Fusilli aux fanes de navet

Have you ever heard about broccoli rabe? In Italy, they call it broccoletti in Rome, cime di rapa in Apulia, rapini in Tuscany, mazzareddra in Sicily and friarielli in Naples. It is a green vegetable with bitter taste leaves and buds that look like small broccoli buds. Continue reading

Deep fried artichoke

This is an Italian specialty, from Rome particularly (carciofi alla giudia). Italians are artichoke lovers. Simply deep fried and served hot with a pinch of “fleur de sel”, it is a great and very-easy-to-make starter. I just love it! You Continue reading

La polenta della nonna

Here is an authentic family recipe, the real Italian polenta (corn semolina), specialty from the North of Italy. Of course, as all grand-mothers’ recipes, there should be no measures nor weights of ingredients. You should feel the polenta! And experience, Continue reading

Spinach and cheese canederli

Here is a great winter recipe. Canederli are a specialty from South Tyrol, Trentino-Alto Adige, a region in Northern Italy close to Austria, were they are called knödel. They are a sort of gnocchi made of stale bread. And like Continue reading

Pasta al ragù, the real Bolognese sauce!

Italians are pretty rigorous and unbending about their food. And they are right, because a country’s culinary identity is so important to preserve! Italian dishes are the most famous food worldwide, but not without a number of misconceptions : The 10 Continue reading