Gastronomy

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

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 […]

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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

  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 […]

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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

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 […]

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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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Italian recipes from our local friends – Pumpkin risotto with goat’s cheese

Written by on October 30, 2020 in Gastronomy, Recipes
Italian recipes from our local friends – Pumpkin risotto with goat’s cheese

Pumpkin risotto with goat’s cheese – Risotto alla zucca e formaggio di capra This recipe comes from our local friend Olimpia who also happens to be our neighbour. She is an expert in making all kinds of risottos, pasta dishes and desserts. We are sharing this recipe because pumpkin risotto is a perfect dish for […]

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Top 5 restaurants in Bergamo, recommended by local friend

Written by on October 29, 2020 in Eating Out, Gastronomy
Top 5 restaurants in Bergamo, recommended by local friend

Top 5 restaurants in Bergamo, as recommended by our local friend Bergamo – restaurant heaven When we lived in Bergamo we loved walking around in the town centre. It is a very friendly and easy going place with great downtown shopping. The cobbled stone streets were also great for helping Olly to fall asleep in […]

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Aperitivo – what is it?

Written by on October 26, 2020 in Gastronomy
Aperitivo – what is it?

What is an aperitivo According to the definition, an aperitivo, from the Latin ‘aperitivus’ (that opens), is a drink, usually but not necessarily alcoholic, that you have before eating, which is designed to ‘open you up’ to a feeling of hunger. Torino – birthplace of vermut and the aperitivo The ancient Greeks and then the […]

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