Writings on curious recipes, food I've tasted around the world and the quest for finding the perfect blueberry muffin.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Homemade ravioli all' amatriciana - and a very bold statement

So on Sunday I was sitting at my desk, diligently working on my portfolio, making lists of recipes and putting them into categories, thinking up different menus for different occasions, and to be honest, I was feeling quite smug. Things were moving swiftly and, for once, I wasn't getting distracted. I'd be done within the hour, I thought. But then, of course, as I was working on the category of South Tyrolean Cuisine - my workflow stopped. I came across a recipe for tortelloni all'amatriciana by South Tyrolean chef Herbert Hintner, and suddenly I was in the kitchen measuring flours and egg yolks. 

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Polenta-crusted mushroom, speck and cheese tart

You may not know this by looking at the recipes on this site, but I love polenta. I really, really love polenta. Especially when it's firmed up, grilled, served with mushrooms and some good cheese. In a ski hut in the alps. Sigh. That to me is simplicity at its finest, proof that you don't need any fancy ingredients to eat something incredibly satisfying. It's also proof that there actually is a northern Italian in me somewhere.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Gelato al pistacchio - because cravings don't care about seasonality

For the past three days I've had pistachio gelato for dinner. Not a very balanced diet, some might say, but I say if it makes you happy, go for it. Especially if it's home-made, light on the cream and eggs and exactly the kind of pistachio gelato you normally go crazy over at the gelateria. Then, yes, by all means, dig in.