Gastronomy

Bagna càuda: authentic Italian recipe for anchovy lovers

Written by on February 27, 2021 in Gastronomy, Recipes
Bagna càuda: authentic Italian recipe for anchovy lovers

Bagna càuda: authentic Italian recipe for anchovy lovers The first time we tried this dish was on New Year’s Eve when our friends Christian and Olympia prepared it. We curiously following the process while sipping some prosecco. Italians would typically bagna cauda during the autumn and winter month and it is often on the table […]

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Nutella Nests: authentic Italian recipe for Nutella lovers

Written by on February 5, 2021 in Gastronomy, Recipes
Nutella Nests: authentic Italian recipe for Nutella lovers

Nutella Nests: authentic Italian recipe for Nutella lovers This delicious Nutella recipe is quick and easy to make and perfect as a lunchbox treat and for Easter! History of Nutella Nutella was born in the Piemonte region of Italy after the World War II, when cocoa imports were disrupted and unreliable. Pietro Ferrero, who was […]

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Carnevale Chiacchiere: authentic recipe for this Italian dessert

Written by on January 29, 2021 in Gastronomy, Recipes
Carnevale Chiacchiere: authentic recipe for this Italian dessert

Carnevale Chiacchiere: authentic recipe for this Italian dessert Like most events in Italy, Carnevale has its own special dessert! During the period of Carnevale there is no celebration without some type of fried crisp dessert and the most popular one is called Chiacchiere (gossip). In English you might know it as “Angel Wings”, which is a […]

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Bombardino – a delicious drink for the Italian ski slopes

Written by on December 29, 2020 in Gastronomy, Vino & Aperitivo
Bombardino – a delicious drink for the Italian ski slopes

On past Collins family ski holidays in Austria the standard treat was always a hot chocolate with rum and whipped cream. In France, it was just a hot chocolate – couldn’t afford the rum. Or the whipped cream. Here in Italy it’s a Bombardino. To make one, the barman fills a little metal jug with […]

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Zabaione – perfect with a slice of panettone

Written by on December 28, 2020 in Gastronomy, Recipes
Zabaione – perfect with a slice of panettone

A great dessert for using up the left over panettone As panettone keeps for quite a long time and is only available at Christmas we tend to stock up on this delicious cake. And there are several ways to use up a panettone other than just eating it plain. The other day we used one […]

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A great traditional Italian Christmas Eve menu

Written by on December 23, 2020 in Gastronomy, La Cucina Italiana, Recipes
A great traditional Italian Christmas Eve menu

What do Italians eat on Christmas Eve – La Vigilia? Dishes and traditions at Christmas are very different throughout the Italian Peninsula. In the North, a Christmas lunch on the 25th is a must. But in the Centre and in the South, Italians celebrate on Christmas Eve with a “Cenone della Vigilia” with all the […]

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Authentic Italian recipe for Le Crespelle alla Valdostana

Written by on December 22, 2020 in Gastronomy, Recipes
Authentic Italian recipe for Le Crespelle alla Valdostana

Nonna Anita, our lovely neighbour and landlady prepared for us this week a dish called Crespelle alla Valdostana or crêpes Valdostana. In Italy they prepare stuffed crespelle in the oven (as if it were baked pasta) as first course or as a single dish. In some regions of Italy, like in Abruzzo, crespelle, known locally as […]

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Authentic Italian recipe for La Carbonada with polenta

Written by on December 21, 2020 in Gastronomy, Recipes
Authentic Italian recipe for La Carbonada with polenta

  Yesterday at home we prepared another delicious Valle d’Aosta recipe from Nonna Anita, our lovely neighbour and landlady – Carbonada with Polenta. Italians in this part of the country often have a carbonada for their main dish on Christmas Day. The dish was originally made using beef meat preserved in brine or salt. This […]

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Italian recipes from our local friends – La Zuppa alla Valdostana

Written by on November 13, 2020 in Gastronomy, Recipes
Italian recipes from our local friends – La Zuppa alla Valdostana

The origins of La Zuppa alla Valpellinentze  This recipe comes again from Nonna Anita, our lovely neighbour and landlady. Anita kindly offered her help in teaching me some typical Valdostana dishes. The other time we made Frittelle delle mele, and now we are preparing La Zuppa  Valdostana or or its more common name in Italy […]

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Italian recipes from our local friends – Apple fritters

Written by on November 4, 2020 in Gastronomy, Recipes
Italian recipes from our local friends – Apple fritters

Apple fritters – frittelle di mele This recipe comes from Nonna Anita, our lovely neighbour and landlady. She is always bringing us plates of warm apple fritters, as well as lots of other goodies from her garden. Yesterday afternoon I got to hang out with her in her kitchen and she showed me how to […]

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