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2019-04-03

This recipe was inspired   by Maria Luisa Scolastra from Villa Roncalli (her book at  page 358).  My experience with recipes from Villa Roncalli; they don't work,  also this one did not produce a   sauce with the quantities indicated.

But it is a memorable dish.

Pork Fillet with Green Leave Potato Mash

Pork Fillet with Green Leave Potato Mash

Dish:
Recommended Wines: Sagrantino di Montefalco, Divina Villa Black Label
The original Book recipe asked for the Scacciadiavoli Sagrantino as a wine and I willingly followed the advice. What can go wrong with a 2010 Sagrantino from Pambufetti? But any great red wine will accompany this dish!

2019-03-27

Simple, but luxury.  Fried eggs with truffles. Umbria is truffles area, the black truffle. It is sold as the whole mushroom, shredded or in different preparations. For this recipe, grated whole truffle is the best, but if in the fridge is only "carpaccio di tartuffo" or "Tartufella", just go for it.

Eggs and Truffles

Eggs and Truffles

Dish:
Recommended Wines: Sagrantino di Montefalco, Divina Villa Black Label
This needs a great wine and a red one. I hardly can imagine white wine with eggs. I tried this with Sagrantino from Scacciadiavoli and Divina Villa from Duca della Corgna.  Two completely different reds, the Sagrantino with strong tannins, the Grenache elegant and light.  Both excellent

2019-03-23

well, not real olive leaves. This is a pasta in form of olive leaves and green from mixing some veggies in by the producer. 

Umbria is famous for sausages. Not every village, every butcher has its own recipe. They are all too salty  having been salt in old days the essential ingredient for preservation. I am still waiting for an innovative sausage  :-). 

Olive leaves with sausages

Olive leaves with sausages

Dish:
Recommended Wines: Accordo, Rosso di Spica, Martavello
You would imagine, this dish needs a sturdy red. And this is right!  Umbrian sausages with Umbrian Sangiovese. But once I tried the Rosato from Chiorri, it is a Rosso Rosato made f...

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

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