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

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. With magnificent architecture and large parts of this old city constructed with an attractive red brick, the porticoes make Bologna unique. Famous for food Bologna is 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 … Read More

Baked Stuffed Zucchini Flowers or Squash Blossoms

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Isn’t it time you made baked stuffed zucchini flowers (also known as squash blossoms)? They’re an easy, quick, light, healthy, Italian, vegetarian starter. Firstly, should I be calling these baked stuffed squash blossoms or baked stuffed zucchini flowers? It’s a little confusing but squash blossoms and zucchini flowers are the same ingredient. Also acceptable, are baked zucchini blossoms. And then of course to add further confusion, many Europeans call zucchinis, corgettes. Well, that’s just the way it is in our … Read More

Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese: the Whole Delicious Story

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Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, often referred to as the “king of cheese” has been produced using the same recipe for 900 years! And today we are going to a local dairy to see how it is made. So exciting! We are off through the rolling hills and countryside of Emilia Romagna to Caseificio San Pier Damiami in San Prospero. Arriving at 9 am for the morning cheese production, the tour lasts two hours and you see the cheese production process as … Read More

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