Modena Market Porcini Mushroom Risotto with Truffle Oil

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I’m guessing most people would agree the second most popular dish from Italy after pasta, is risotto.  A porcini mushroom risotto with truffle oil ticks all the boxes.  Easy to make, gourmet ingredients and a great taste. Fresh Truffles I have been lucky enough to have fresh truffles twice.  Once was because my sister in law won a silent auction with the prize being a special (truffle) degustation dinner party at a well-known, Italian restaurant in Melbourne.  I was lucky … Read More

Italian Wine, Grappa and Tiramisu: Unwinding in Veneto

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Italian Wine, Grappa and Tiramisu: Unwinding in Veneto After a long day of sightseeing, it’s time to unwind, Italian style. Here are three classic Italian ways to unwind: Italian Wine, Grappa and Tiramisu. Starting at about 5:30 or 6 pm, most Italians can be found at their local, or a friend’s house, for an aperitivo. In Veneto, home to many fine food and drink products, an aperitivo or accompaniment to dinner usually consists of one of the following drinks, all … Read More

Italian Antipasto Platter

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Today we are going to showcase the great products from around Bologna by suggesting a fabulous Italian Antipasto platter.  Bologna is a little off the beaten tourist track compared to Florence, Rome and the Amalfi Coast.  It is a quick drive or even quicker train ride from Milan, just down the road into the heart of the Emilia Romagna region.  And on the route from MIlan, you can stop off at classic Italian food towns like Parma, Reggio Emilia, Modena … Read More

Tortellini with Sage and Butter Sauce

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Porticoes of Bologna Bologna is a great, small city for tourists and flies under the radar compared to Rome, Florence and Naples.  It contains magnificent architecture and large parts of this old city are constructed with an attractive red brick. It also home to tortellini and the inspiration for this tortellini with sage and butter sauce recipe. After having seen some of the great sights of Bologna, it is time to turn your attention to food.  Looking at a map, you … Read More

Baked Stuffed Zucchini Flowers or Squash Blossoms

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We had a most pleasant morning watching how DOP grade parmigiano reggiano (the king of cheeses) is made.  It is strong in flavor.  It is not particularly cheap to purchase but its strong, full-depth flavor means  you don’t need as much as milder cheeses to impart that great parmesan taste. Depending on the age of the cheese, it is great for cooking, so today we have a great baked stuffed zucchini flowers recipe using parmigiano reggiano cheese. Walking into any delicatessen in … Read More

Herb Crumbed Fish Recipe inspired by the Venice Fish Market

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The fresh seafood at the Rialto Market in Venice is very impressive. As Venice is located on the Adriatic Sea, the fish is freshly caught every morning.  There is an extensive range of fish, maybe twenty different varieties in total, both whole and filleted, shellfish, such as scampi and shrimp, octopus and good looking calamari.  The quality and freshness is first class.  There is no “fishy” smell and the stallholders present their fish in an attractive manner with plenty of … Read More

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