Recipes & Pairings

One of my greatest fortunes is having lived in the same house in Romagna with my parents and grandparents for 21 years. My grandmother Diomira 'Nonna Mira' used to cook everything at home and her fresh pasta is still the best I have ever eaten... while my grandfather Mario 'la mignatta' - not the Italian Navy's assault vehicle but a Romagnolo way of calling a 'heavy' person, although in his case it was in an affectionate sense - was a really good restorer of antique furniture. Morale at 5 years old I was already rolling out the pastry like the best azdore - in romagna are the ladies very good in the kitchen - and drank sweet albana in the shop with Grandpa on the sly while we unwrapped furniture. Today my husband Francesco enjoys it and spoils me with many quick and tasty recipes... which I also propose in this category with delicious food and wine pairings😍

Chocolate orange salami: foolproof recipe

Chocolate orange salami: foolproof recipe

Chocolate orange salami is one of my favourite desserts to make: it's easy, it's cheap and practically everyone likes it. Also, in a time like this where expensive energy seems to be giving us a bad winter, the fact that it is unbaked is a...

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Champagne and food: summer pairings

Champagne and food: summer pairings

Champagne, a famous and prized wine of French origin, is extremely versatile, so much so that it is perfect for both a wedding and an evening with friends. After all, its sparkling and brilliant taste has been making every event and occasion special since the 18th century,...

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Homemade Pangoccioli: the perfect recipe

Homemade Pangoccioli: the perfect recipe

When I think of pangoccioli and the scent of those delicious, fluffy chocolate chip buns, I think back to when I was a child, eating Mulino Bianco Pangoccioli with great gluttony. As an adult, when I discovered the pleasure of cooking, I completely stopped...

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Lamb in beer: the foolproof recipe

Lamb in beer: the foolproof recipe

Wow, it's been exactly 23 days since I've blogged and I don't think something like this has happened since 2014! Yet I took a break to dedicate myself to study, with the promise of catching up in a big way. I took two university exams today....

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Pasta cacio e pepe with sebino Rosso Lantieri

Pasta cacio e pepe with sebino Rosso Lantieri

Pasta cacio e pepe alla romana is one of my most addictive foods. Just yesterday I was listening to a lecture on Human Nutrition by Prof. Giovannangelo Oriani who was explaining the difference between hunger and appetite... in my case I think it is the absolute manifestation of...

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What shall I cook tonight? Noodle recipe

What shall I cook tonight? Noodle recipe

What am I cooking tonight? After a rather stressful day at work spent scurrying after couriers, I am in the mood to prepare a tasty and quick dinner. And since my husband just called me and told me he bought fresh pesto alla genovese, I...

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Porchetta, pan bauletto recipe, Umbrian wines

Porchetta, pan bauletto recipe, Umbrian wines

An unexpected parcel the one I received from Cantina Blasi thanks to dear Maddalena Mazzeschi. A parcel that not only encouraged me to visit this winery as soon as possible, because from the photos it looks really beautiful, but above all it inspired me one of...

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Chocolate and orange desert roses

Chocolate and orange desert roses

Yesterday I was in the supermarket with my husband and I walked past some huge candied fruits. How could I resist? I picked up the orange peels and thought I would reinterpret the original recipe desert roses because I just don't like sultanas... and icing sugar doesn't...

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Tortelli and Tuscan Vermentino: recipe and...

Tortelli and Tuscan Vermentino: recipe and...

Tonight I wanted to pamper my husband with a delicious dish, and after last night's pumpkin tortelli, I thought I would come up with a special filling. Admittedly also a bit of a fridge-emptier, as I used an aubergine that had been there for a while, the half beef-heart tomato...

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Mozzarella in carrozza al forno recipe and...

Mozzarella in carrozza al forno recipe and...

If you are looking for how to cook mozzarella, you can try this delicious comfort food. Mozzarella in carrozza is a typical recipe from Neapolitan cuisine, which then spread throughout Campania and even Lazio. It was created in the late 1800s to recover leftover mozzarella....

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Montisola: recipe + wine pairing for sardines!

Montisola: recipe + wine pairing for sardines!

Today in Montisola we shot a documentary for an episode of Geo that will be aired on Rai3 next season... I can't wait to know the date! I represented Monte Isola for the gastronomic part and it was an honour to choose a dish to show. So...

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Mullet with lemon and mint and Rebola Colli di Rimini DOC

Mullet with lemon and mint and Rebola Colli di Rimini DOC

Tonight I tasted a wine so good that it upset my editorial calendar. So here I am, telling you about my Romagna and surprising myself because just a few kilometres from where I was born and where I have lived for a good 30 years there is a crazy wine that I was totally unaware of...

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Blueberry jam roll: photo-recipe and wine pairing

Blueberry jam roll: photo-recipe and wine pairing

The day after tomorrow is Easter and despite the delicious dark chocolate and pistachio granola egg that I received as every year straight from Bronte, I wanted to prepare a treat to eat for breakfast on these festive days that Francesco is home. Yesterday I ...

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Mascarpone and bitter filled roll: foolproof recipe

Mascarpone and bitter filled roll: foolproof recipe

As of today we are in the red zone again, so I'd say we have plenty of time to cook. I don't know about you, but I really need sweet cuddles because it's really a difficult time. Then on 31 March I have two exams at university and, while for one I'm super...

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Quiche Lorraine: original recipe direct from Bordeaux

Quiche Lorraine: original recipe direct from Bordeaux

Yesterday I took the History of Food and Wine exam and I got an A+! I also studied a lot because it's my favourite subject and the course - taught by the talented Francesca Romana Barberini (Professor of the History of Food and Wine) - was great, with...

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Banana and Yoghurt Cake Recipe: What wine to go with it?

Banana and Yoghurt Cake Recipe: What wine to go with it?

I must tell you two secrets. The first is that I am totally incapable of following other people's recipes. The second is that 9 times out of 10 the recipes I find on the internet do not give me the desired result. Now, this I have never understood why.... so much so that sometimes I...

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Champagne Day: Jacquesson and the prawn bisque recipe

Champagne Day: Jacquesson and the prawn bisque recipe

When Pellegrini 1904 SpA invited me yesterday afternoon to join the virtual toast on the occasion of Champagne Day 2020, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to share with you one of the most successful food and wine pairings I have tried lately......

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Stuffed aubergines with rice: recipe and combination

Stuffed aubergines with rice: recipe and combination

The forced quarantine we have been experiencing for two months now has brought us more and more in touch with cooking and flavours. Of course there are still those who insist on eating ready-made things, but I am convinced that everyone, but really everyone, cooks more. The online wine shop Wine...

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Baked lacquered leg of lamb: recipe and pairing

Baked lacquered leg of lamb: recipe and pairing

Whenever I go to my mother's in Romagna, roast leg of lamb is sacred. Actually, I can't tell if they eat a lot of lamb in Romagna or if my house has always eaten a lot of lamb... anyway it is one of my 3 favourite meats! Cooking leg of...

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Spaghetti Carbonara: recipe and combination

Spaghetti Carbonara: recipe and combination

Today I decided to talk about my absolute favourite dish: spaghetti carbonara! At home, I always have yellow eggs, guanciale, pecorino romano, black pepper and spaghetti alla chitarra... for me, these are the only ingredients needed for...

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BBQ ribs: baked recipe with craft beer

BBQ ribs: baked recipe with craft beer

Thanks to an American acquaintance I learnt how to make perfect baked bbq ribs at home (of course I'm talking about pork ribs), then I perfected the bbq ribs recipe and I must say that now I am really satisfied! In summer, the urge to make...

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Tagliatelle with ragout and centesimino di Romagna: Grandma's recipe

Tagliatelle with ragout and centesimino di Romagna: Grandma's recipe

Tonight I am writing to tell you about an indigenous grape variety of Romagna that I adore, the centesimo... and I will tell you about it in combination with a dish that for me remains the king of my table: tagliatelle with meat sauce! I grew up with my beloved grandmother, and I've been rolling the dough since...

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Casoncelli Bergamaschi: recipe with wine variant

Casoncelli Bergamaschi: recipe with wine variant

Tonight I am writing to tell you about the sin of gluttony I committed this weekend.... which is to give you my recipe for Casoncelli bergamaschi! I must say that it was the first time I had ever made them... in my life I have only ever made Cappelletti and Tortelli di Zucca....

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Would you like to know the perfect food and wine pairing for your favourite recipes? Write me an e-mailI will be happy to help you and recommend the right wine... or why not, the right beer! In fact, I would like to give more and more space to craft beers, do you think this is a good idea? I warn you, I am monothematic: I only drink IPA (Indian Pale Ale) beers! 😄

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