Have you ever tasted Colomba Pasquale ( Easter dove in English )? Not yet? Here follows some photos I took on the ‘backstage’ of Fratelli Lunardi bakery in Quarrata – Pistoia – http://www.fratellilunardi.it This special kind of soft pastry needs many rising hours to be ready for the oven in this case the Lunardi brothers … More Easter time : it’s Colomba sweet time in Italy!
Ever tried ‘croccante’ ? It’s an onomatopoeic word thst sounds like ‘crock’ & in fact it crocks under your theeth! When I was a child I was used to have it during the traditional Carnival in Pistoia ,when the street food trucks were coming to town & spread all over a yummy smell of caramelized … More Made in Pistoia : how to make croccante
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
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)
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?
I love sweets , especially the simple ones with not colourings, no preservaties , no yeast ( if possible )and these traditional pastries are really my favourite ones! Amaretti, formaggelle & reginelle ( a kind of savoiardi biscuits) are always on my table for breakfast when I am in Sardinia . Amaretti are very soft … More Typical cookies from Sardinia ,foodies’ wisdom!
Here we are : one of the most important road of Pistoia , the so called , at the beginning of last century , “camionabile” – from camion = truck in English – because it was the first big direct road that was leading to Bologna , the North of Italy – in a quick … More Made in Pistoia : The first STREETFOOD in Pistoia!
Last wek end we hosted a all day round & night 👍😉a kermesse of tuscan food cusine , many different kind of restaurants & trattorie from Pistoia ‘s district under the same sign & roof : Tuscan food! Just finished the second edition & with a great success for Corradossi restaurant who won the award … More Pistoia: La Toscana in bocca = Tuscany by mouth a Food experience!
You know …..I love old historical cafes ! I am always writing about them beacause I like them for their atmosphere & location ( usually in the city center) , their products ( usually top quality ones) & sometimes for the views too. this just in a very lively square called Praça da Figueira www.cofeitarianacional.com has … More My Lisbon : since 1829 an historical charming cafè with a view
My very first time in Lisbon was last week , just before Easter & I am missing it already…. its colours, its fresh & light air ,its smells , its sweets bakery shops’ windows , its old cafès ,its azulejos All over façades, its mosaic Street’s pavements, its multi colour trams & funicular , The … More My Lisbon ‘s coloured façades
Meeting Chiara Guarducci & her patner Franca in their workshop is a pleasure for all senses . For eyes : yellow almond biscuits , chocolate cookies, hearted shape fruits & jam cakes ,a soft multicolour setting ! For nose : sweet old memories reminded me when I ️was a child & my grandmother used to … More Made in Pistoia : handmade biscuits & cakes by Guarducci
Yes! The best chocolate is Made in Italy & in Tuscany in the so called ‘Chocolate valley ‘, in the nearby my birthplace, Pistoia. Founded in 2000 La Molina is an Italian niche producer Of very high quality chocolate with a Special regard to the artistic packaging. You could find it even in my beloved … More MadeinPistoia – La Molina #Chocolate made in #Tuscany : a top quality one!!
RISTORI This is The name Of a lovely small cosy food boutique in The heart of Lucca! Espresso coffee , aromatized coffee, profitterols with wipped cream,ice cream , burger ice, Sacher torte, pinenuts block , cappuccino , spirits and much more… A nice small tea Room on The back side reminds me a Londoner location..sweet … More Lucca : #sweet food to go !#chocolate&more in Fillungo street The Fifth Ave Of Lucca
Maybe you remember when in a previous post I mentioned The Italian Macarons’ origins : Caterina dei Medici from Florence exported them to France in The XVI century when she moved to France to get married to Henry II Of France. Nowadays another lady brought them back to Italy : first in Milan & Rome … More Macaron by Ladurée in Tuscany now : Lucca & Florence
My first time with macarons was in Paris ~ France ~ with This one ( a big one ! ) by Pierre Hermé . Tried it by the historical cafè Les Deux Magots in Saint Germain and so everything was perfect for My first tasting in Paris! Pink , tender pink , was The colour … More Pierre Hermè : my first rose macarons in Paris
This is what I found by EATALY : never seen before the tiramisu as an ice cream , pinguino shape, a walking tiramisu! and what about all these sweets??? & ILLY CAFFE’ of course …
I have to tell you: think I am not a real Italian lady… as I don’t like coffee but, but… I like soooo many other delicious things such as CAPPUCCINO THICK FOAM ( I ask for a cappuccino ‘chiaro ‘, that means light , with two drops of coffee ONLY!) HOT CHOCOLATE, GINSENG COFFEE ( … More MY PASSION4CAFES
The secret is not to leave on the skin the white side as it is the bittest part of the fruit. The Benedectine nuns make two kind of marmelade : one with thicker cut and one with thinner ones. I tried both and can assure you that they are extremely tasty and delicate .
Really couldn’t believe Benedectine nuns in Pistoia were taken the pectine directly from they oranges’seeds , instead of buying it at the supermarket as usually I do , and you do too, I’m sure! /p>