My grand-grandmother Inès introduced me to these particular kind of food when I was a child. I didn’t know what they were made of and so I tasted them & loved them inmediately. Nowadays , as my daughter knows what they are made of , she doesn’t want to try them : she really can’t … More Migliacci pistoiesi : traditional crêpes made with pork blood (Made in Pistoia – Italy’s capital of culture 2017)
This morning I was prepearing lasagne for tomorrow lunch to celebrate my daughter 18th birthday at home, and was thinking the importance of cooking for someone you love, thinking of her/him/them while you are doing this . Both my daughter & me decided to do it at home not just because it is the best … More Food & feelings about cooking
One of my best friend , Chiara , who knows me so well since ever, talked me about a special place I had to see : GARTEN3 www.garten3.it in the outskirts of Pistoia, Quarrata city. Of course ,she was right : GARTEN3 is located in the main square of this town & on the same corner … More Gelaterie Garten 3 : a corner of sweetness!
Ever heard about “farro” ? it’s an old cereal used in the past on our mountains especially in the Lucca area , spelt in English. Since I was a child my grandmother told me about this special kind of “brown rice “she tasted by her friends in the Garfagnana district. At those times – about … More Ever tried farro beans soup ? a Tuscan traditional dish
What a great Sunday yesterday ! Some months ago I had the pleasure to meet a foodblogger from Prato – Stefania Storai www.minaelesuericette.ifood.it & she invited me to this event in Prato called : Pastamadre day , litteraly in English could be “mother dough “: the name is easly understanding , because it is from … More Prato & PastaMadreDay : sourdough for homemade bread & focaccia
Very easy to make with a real yummy taste : have it for a quick lunch with friends or your family . It’s a nice way to make just one meal in a short time & make your guests smile 😄or at least it what’s happened to me today☺️🙃 In the fridge you should have: … More Friday it’s perfect for a seafood carbonara, ever tried?
In Tuscany we love pork meat , in every possible way! Even raw pork sausages are delicious just spreading them on a Tuscan unsalted slice of bread….ever tried? if not yet ,you SHOULD ! Just buy FRESH ones handmade by one of our ‘norcino’ ( a particular butcher who deals with pork meat only ) … More How to eat a fresh pork sausage for a tasty aperitivo!
My interesting walking tour in Genova stopped not only by a bakery to taste focaccia genovese but also here : by a fresh handmade pasta maker : PASTA FRESCA FABIO & ALESSIA run by two brothers that run this family business in the historical center (have a look to the ceilings :old afrescoes overlooking the … More Fresh pasta made in Genoa ~ Ligurian style !
Last Friday I had the pleasure to visit Genoa with a special guided tour planned by Confartigianato Liguria association, CNA Liguria , IN LIGURIA regional agency touristic promotion & with the best Genoa’s licensed guide, Cristina Gelvi , in occasion of the Genoa Pesto World Championship 2016 . So nice to meet this new folk … More Sapori di Genova : a crunchy , soft focaccia Ligurian style
One of my best tour ever is made in Liguria with American & Australian clients! First thing we learned to make was ….PESTO!!! and I still can feel the pressed basil’s scent in the air…amazing experience indeed you can forget faces,people,places but not smells! Everybody was so excited to start a new … More Cooking class in Liguria : how to make Pesto alla genovese
Firenze is beautiful sun or rain but with some chocolate to taste strolling in the street it’s even better! So have a look to these stalls just in front of Basilica Santa Maria Novella near the train station…
Today ,February 14th we celebrate Valentine day , but why, I wonder? Who was this Saint? He was born in Terni, Italy , in 175 AD & became bishop of its birthplace very young , at just 21 years old & he was a martyr , persecuted as Christian . The origin … More San Valentino : Valentine Day in Italy & its origins
My father from Thailand just phoned me to tell me they are prepearing special sweets for today….my friend from London wrote me this morning about a kind of pancakes they are making today and so….what about here in Pistoia?? We are making FRITTELLE DI RISO in a very traditional way , as my grandgrandmother did … More MadeinPistoia : Mardi Gras & frittelle di riso = fried rice donuts!!
As my grandmother Gina used to make with me, now it was time 4 me with my daughter Francesca! From my old receipes’ book ( a bit dirty, sorry ! I know, but it is also full of good memories & I don’t want to have any new other one but …THIS!!) . Different names … More This is for my foodies’ friends: “cenci”a typical fried dough 4 Carnival
In Pistoia since two days & until this evening you can visit this chocolate kermesse ! So many different kind of handcrafted chocolate producers – made in Italy – in different shapes, tastes & colours & consistence ( as the liquid tiepid chocolate to be sipped with a spoon as it is not … More MadeinPistoia : Chocomoments, a sweetness celebration
Not just arts & fashion in Florence, it is also a city worldwide renowed for its goldsmiths shops on the Ponte Vecchio , the small artisans studios & also this kind of gold :genuine 23 kt gold & genuine silver available in flakes ( yes as corn flakes😂😂) crumbs ,powder & leaves to be … More MadeinFlorence : Manetti , edible gold to enrich your Christmas dishes
Have you ever seen them before?Me neither since some years ago! They are a traditional dish from the northern part of Tuscany on the Ligurian border and of Liguria . Big round shaped made of white flour and water, cooked on the fire as necci (special sweets made with cestnut flour) to be cut in … More Testaroli with pesto sauce : a different kind of pasta
Ever tried it with pears or feoia? or fresh fennel? I tried it with some quincy +ginger jam ( homemade by myself ) & fresh rawsberries…it is really fantastic!!! Such a tasty pairing with these kind of cheese that I really love! It can be served as a starter, as a main dish or at … More Gorgonzola cheese : great pairing with fruits!
Yes, did you know this? Not only superb wines , lovely landscapes , art & architecture but also a real sweet valley made of maitres chocolatiers! In Pistoia, Prato, Firenze and Pisa we can offer a huge choice of this delicious product: the best ingredients, the most original mix of dried fruits, spirits , wine … More Chocolate valley : in Tuscany we have this too!
How many delicious products we make in Pistoia? So many!!👏👏👏this is another kind, similar to Cialde from Montecatini with an anisette scent . It’s an old tale that a nun named Brigida created them by mistake while she was supposed to make host for the Church , from her they took their name. They are … More MadeinPistoia : brigidini ~ crunchy & thin as autumnal leaves🍂🍁🍂
Ever seen before? ever tried? A typical product from this thermal city in Tuscany that is Montecatini Terme, just 15km from Pistoia. Loved them since I was a child : simply as they are or together with ice cream, vin santo dessert wine or an espresso coffee or hot chocolate ….😋😋😋 They are made of … More MadeinPistoia : cialde di Montecatini Terme ( Pistoia’s district thermal city)
Many foreign people that I met during the years have never heard about it! It’s just an easy & healthy way of eating raw vegetables dipping them in extra virgin olive oil 😋😋😋 from our Tuscan hills ( this was another present from Valeria ❤️💋thank you soo much! pressed yesterday evening & straight away … More Pinzimonio: what is it? how to taste just pressed extra virgin olive oil at its best!
Pistoia is located 30 km from Florence & surrounded by hills & mountains filled with chestnuts trees, that’s why at the present they are full of these seasonal fruits that I really love! In the past chestnut trees were called : “bread trees” , just because from these small versatiles fruits – colesterol free + … More Made in Pistoia : castagnaccio a Tuscan chestnut cake
Every period of the year has its own typical food products & this is another one of these : called Pane dei Santi because in the past it was produced at home of by bakers during the end of October , beginning of November ( at that time Halloween wasn’t yet arrived in Italy )to … More Pan coi Santi : All Saints sweet bread from Siena , ever tried?
A right dressing can really makes THE difference for all your salads ! In this period in Tuscany we are pressing the new extra virgin olive oil & I love it on my salad , with some drops of balsamic vinagre & pomagranate🙃👍😉 delicious👏👏👏 And you? which do you prefer?click here & know more about … More Do you know which is the best dressing for your salad ?
My grandfather Dino was used to say : “the simplest it is the best it tastes ” if the ingredients are top quality , I should add nowadays… This is the same for the real Tuscan bruschetta: no chopped tomato! just a toasted slice of Tuscan unsalted bread , extra virgin olive oil , … More How to make the real “bruschetta” with just pressed Tuscan new extra virgin oil
This morning I smelt a great aroma while I was walking in the supermarket, I turned and what I saw? This big big mortadella !!! it was taller than me!! 😂😂😂 The Giant mortadella Veroni since 1925 in Correggio Emilia www.veroni.it more than 2000 kg 👏👏🔝🔝🔝 Couldn’t resit and buy a piece: eaten in 10 minutes with … More Foodlovers : ever tried a giant mortadella?if not ,you should !
In Italian these orange beautiful tasty fruits with thin peel are called Kaki or cachi but in my area we call them Loti as lotus , the flower. My grandmother used to offer this since I was a baby girl & telling me that it was filled with little toungues & in fact you can … More Made in Pistoia : seasonal fruits”loto” & “giuggiole”
My grand-grandmother Inès used to prepear these at home during autumn season when in Pistoia’s countryside farmers killed pigs to make sausages,ham,ciccioli,salame & ….these original kind of crêpes made of pig’s blood . In Italy we have a saying : “del maiale non si butta niente! ” in English :We use all parts of … More MadeinPistoia : ever tried migliacci?a special kind of crêpe made of…blood!
Can’t resist to take pictures of this magnificent mushroom ! These scented funghi , as we call them in Italian, are so good when are from our local mountains just around my birthtown Pistoia. Some friends of mine can recognize which one are good & edible & usually find them & give me as a … More Portrait of a Tuscan porcino mushroom
Maybe you think you know how do it – very easy indeed – and maybe… you can even drink it – very good and easy too – but …. do you know how to wash properly a coffee machine? Let’s have a look here….to have the best coffee your machine has to be perfectly … More Espresso coffee : do you really know how to clean a coffee machine?
A very very simple Tuscan cake everybody can do : for a perfect home breakfast ,dipped into hot milk or tea ,or as an afternoon break with a cup of coffee or after dinner or lunch with a glass of Vinsanto ( dessert wine from Tuscany) so, it doesn’t have to be very soft because … More MadeinPistoia : berlingozzo cake,sweet memories of the child I’ve been
Ever been inside a laboratory & see how they make your tasty breakfast pastries? that’s what I did in my town,Pistoia, last morning : visited one of my fav patisserie but ,this time , on the “backstage”as I used to call it 😉the other side of the moon 🌝🌚maybe I should say ,where you can … More Portrait of a pastry : ever seen how to make a “pain aux raisins”in a patisserie?
As many Tuscan & Italian typical specialities this is a very simple one . What is it? A kind of white pizza ( flour ,yeast , water , salt )just topped with extra virgin oil & some salt before putting into the oven😉can be thin & crunchy or thick & soft or crispy outside & … More What is focaccia ? The best ways to taste it !
September is the harvest time & I love this season of the year for the colours it brings,the mild temperature – after the sunny hot summer – & because of its food products : figs,plums &….grape!!! This schiacciata is a typical seasonal tuscan kind of cake : in the past we could find it only … More It’s harvest time in Tuscany!ever tried schiacciata con l’uva?
What a better way to end a long first working week after summer holidays ? Have pizza with friends by Il Pollo d’Oro pizzeria & restaurant , since 1962 on your service! http://www.ilpollodoro.com Pizza is a full meal you can have for every occasion – including breakfast ! – a way to share a very … More On Friday night a Pizza is a must!
Yesterday evening I visited the 48th edition of this wine event called “Festa del vino”: Montecarlo is such an amazing small village between Pistoia & Lucca known especially for its white wine but also for the red one . Unfortunately not many tourists know this rich terroire of wineyards …hope with this post it can … More Montecarlo di Lucca : a wine hamlet in Tuscany – wine festival until September 8th!
I have the pleasure to announce you this fab tour for the next spring 👍😉 A great Italian experience with lots of food, wine , art , shopping & of course …..fun! I will be one of the local hosts & will be happy to share my beautiful region with you. Have a look to … More Visit & taste the highlights of Tuscany with this tour ( & with me 👍😉🍷)
What a special emotion for me watching at the same landscape chosen by Leonardo da Vinci to paint his masterpiece…and this villa is the Monnalisa birthplace too. Feeling as being part of the history , feeling proud – one time again – to be born in this wonderful region filled of beauties & goodies & … More Chianti : Vignamaggio , Monnalisa birthplace & “Much ado about nothing”