Sanguinaccio calabrese

Sanguinaccio is one of the typical sweets of the carnival period, and in my town Olivadi (CZ), there are two different modes of preparation: the classic with the use of pork blood and vino cotto; And the ‘modern’ that it turns out is, instead, deprived of raisins and nuts and added of chocolate and sugar….

Zeppole of San Giuseppe (St. Joseph’s Day Zeppole)

The Zeppole are a sweet typical of southern Italy. It is delicious “pancakes’ filled with cream and decorated with amarena cherries, traditionally eaten at the feast of St. Joseph. In fact it is rather curious that in the middle of Lent tradition welcome the preparation of a fried sweet and yummy. One particular would seem…

Orange Marmalade

From Epicure’s Almanac – Diary of good living – 1843 Take the pulp out of four dozen China and one dozen Seville oranges, mash until well together in a large pan, then abstract the pips. Cut half the peel of the China, and all of the Seville, in small stripes; put these into a stewpan…

FAVISM. ALLERGY ALERT FOR VEGANS. AND NOT ONLY.

I am affected of favism. A blood enzyme deficit. Favism is an X-linked recessive inborn error of metabolism that predisposes to hemolysis (spontaneous destruction of red blood cells) and resultant jaundice in response to a number of triggers, such as certain foods, illness, or medication. It is particularly common in people of Mediterranean and African origin. They…

Veganism. What you really know?

I want to start writing more about this new movement, fast growing and very active around the world. HISTORY There are many ethical and health controversies surrounding vegetarianism in all its different forms, but where did the word ‘vegan’ come from? Who invented “veganism”?  At the beginning they were all Vegeterians. Vegetarianism has been around…

Why hiring a personal chef?

Many of you may think that hiring a personal chef it will be expensive or too fancy. Others, maybe think that is not necessary because you are going to order food by tray at some hot table. But I want to explain you the reason why you definitely you should hire a personal chef. First…

The Importance of Eating Healthy

Your food choices each day affect your health — how you feel today, tomorrow, and in the future. Good nutrition is an important part of leading a healthy lifestyle. Combined with physical activity, your diet can help you to reach and maintain a healthy weight, reduce your risk of chronic diseases (like heart disease and…

Naturale Nitrites

Is celery juice a viable alternative to nitrites in cured meats? Nitrates and nitrites are used to “cure” meat.  Their role was likely discovered by accident and can be traced to the use of salt that happened to be contaminated with potassium or sodium nitrate, commonly known as “saltpeter.”  Meat treated with these chemicals retains a red…

Christmas = Panettone & Torrone

The origins of this cake appear to be ancient, dating back to the Roman Empire, when ancient Romans sweetened a type ofleavened cake with honey. Throughout the ages this “tall, leavened fruitcake” makes cameo appearances in the arts: It is shown in a sixteenth-century painting by Pieter Brueghel the Elder and is possibly mentioned in a contemporary recipe book written…

Each recipe has the right rice.

Risotto aficionados know that northern Italians make some of the best of it, largely due to the variety of specialty grains grown and harvested there. More than 20 varieties of white rice are grown in Italy, with a large majority flourishing in Veneto, Piedmont and the fertile Po Valley. The rice varieties listed below may all look the same,…