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2019-01-24

Coratella is an Italian signature dish. Mixed entrails: Loung, Spleen, liver and heart. Entrails in Germany end directly in the dog food factory, because the Germans don't know what is good. Will be the same in the USA.

Coratella

Coratella

Dish:
Recommended Wines: Turló
I made a comparative tasting with a strong and structured Grechetto (Nuricante) and  one of the more powerful Sangiovese Blends (Turlò) . The Turlò did win with a distance. Would like to try with a Rosè from Sagrantino as that one produced by Chiorri

2019-01-07

It is winter and it is cold. Time for "Ribollita". This is a soup from beans and black cabbage, which can be recooked for several days and it gets always better.  But attention, it must be brought first to a perfect consistency.   And here everything can go wrong.

Ribollita

Ribollita

Dish:
Recommended Wines: Montefalco Rosso, Rosso di Spica, Accordo, Febeo
I had a Montefalco Rosso with this dish and it was just fine!  I think any Umbrian Sangiovese would go (despite the recipe coming from Tuscany :-).  Who wants white wine at any time, try the Febeo Orvieto Classico Superiore from Cardeto.

2018-12-28

I always buy rice and grains like farro. But I seldom use them.  My main carb has become bread, despite of liking pasta a lot.  I  never had a passion for "risotto", only some Basmati  preparations are for my taste.

Now I was looking for weeks to my jars  with whole grain rice and and organic  "farro"  (Spelt says Google Translator)

A very special Risotto

A very special Risotto

Dish:
Recommended Wines: Accordo
You  can drink nearly every wine you  like with it, obviously not the high tannic, super structured, full bodied reds,, but hahaha, my Accordo from Le Velette winery (San Giovese i...

2018-12-19

It is winter, time of  "Zucche"  (pumkin) and "cavolo nero"  (black cabbage).   This menu features a soup made of pumpkin and carots, scrambled egg with truffle cream and  pan fried black cabbage.

the pumpkin is much softer than the carot, that left nice pices of carots in the soup after homogenizing the veggies. The soup was made slightly spicy with Hainan hot pepper sauce.

A winter menu and still with Rose

A winter menu and still with Rose

Dish:
Recommended Wines: Martavello, Rosso di Spica, Marella Rosato, Nuricante Umbria Grechetto
I had a Tomeo from Zanchi with this menu. It is a Rose' made from Sangiovese e Ciliegiolo, which paired well with all dishes. We will feature this wine soon.  With  the black cabba...

2018-11-26

I did not cook this. It was a memorable lunch in Wuhan. Crabs, slightly spicy with cucumbers and spring onions. Accompanied by a specific vegetable that you can get only in Hubei province and only in winter.  Instead of French Fries, deep fried Lotus roots, not healthier, but tastier :-)

Hubei Style Crabs with Winter Vegetables

Hubei Style Crabs with Winter Vegetables

Dish:
Recommended Wines: Martavello, Nuricante Umbria Grechetto
We brought the wine. It was from our warehouse. A Martavello from 2015 in 2018. It is not anymore the same Martavello. Lost freshness, but gained sweetness. Anyway perfect with t he crabs

2018-11-03

I am not giving up! I try to produce pasta at home with high quality flours, fresh eggs and delicious fillings.

This time it worked out.  The pasta was 60% De Cecco hard wheat semola and 50% Janas Senatore Capelli.  The dough was perfect.

Ravioli with Ricotta and almond paste

Ravioli with Ricotta and almond paste

Dish:
Recommended Wines: Divina Villa white label, Salviano Pinot Nero Rosè, Febeo
Low tannic reds, non aromatic whites or good rosé wines, many possibilities

2018-11-01

Ricotta is a specific soft and fresh cheese that can be obtained from milk of cows, sheeps and goats (and buffaloes!). I prefer goat or sheep ricotta because of their aromatic taste.

This dish I made from pasta I prepared myself. In the pasta dough was a generous amount of truffle paste. More about hand made pasta in other posts, it is normally simply not worthwhile the effort.

Pasta con Ricotta

Pasta con Ricotta

Dish:
Recommended Wines: Nuricante Umbria Grechetto, Divina Villa Black Label, Divina Villa white label
Wine needs to be elegant. A Grenache would fit very well, but a Grechetto too.

2018-10-26

I am living near Bolsena lake an ancient crater, ones filled with Lava, now with water. And in this water, there are many tasty fish

The most appreciated of this is the Coregone also callled "lavarello".  It originates from the North of Europe, but it feels perfectly fine in the Lake Bolsena's relatively cold water.

Filetti di Coregone

Filetti di Coregone

Dish:
Recommended Wines: Salviano Orvieto Classico Superiore, Soana, Salviano Pinot Nero Rosè
Obviously a good Est Est Est, would be the most logical companion, but it swims also very well in Orvieto classico.

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