Alessandra is back to show us how to make tortelli di zucca, a traditional dish from Mantova (Mantua), her hometown. One of our returning members of As Soup As Possible local food community and my co-host for this event, Alessandra is from an area famous for homemade fresh pasta all’uovo, in both filled and plain shapes. The typical stuffed pasta from her hometown is “tortelli di zucca”, a very old dish based on surprising combinations of sweet and savoury flavours such as pumpkin, hard cheese and amaretti. Alessandra will share her family recipe and tricks with us. We’ll learn how to make this traditional fresh pasta dish and enjoy a 4-course social dinner with wine. Cook with us or join us just for dinner: guests attending the dinner only are more than welcome. If you participate in the workshop, feel free to invite your friends to come enjoy your fresh pasta! As usual, after learning and practicing, we’ll move on to sharing a rich meal, wine and chats in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Membership …
This ravioli recipe is brought to you by a scientist and bunch of strangers who teamed up to make pasta on an Autumn Sunday.
The weather calls for some treats, here in Amsterdam, so I made myself and my occasional guests some crunchy, rich hazelnut cookies with Marsala wine.
Zucchine alla scapece is a classic Neapolitan recipe. I’ve been cooking a lot of them for the guests of As Soup As Possible events this summer. I even included zucchine alla scapece in a wedding catering in June, so I can safely say this is the courgette dish I’ve cooked most during summer 2017 – if not my entire life.
A warm slice of high apple pie – or, as the natives call it – appeltaart, is one of the first distinctively Dutch things I came to appreciate when I moved to Amsterdam, back in 2012. It’s also the easiest to love about the somewhat austere Dutch cuisine. I must confess I’ll always point guests visiting from abroad in the direction of my favourite appeltaart place, rather than sending them off to nearest herring stall.
Sustainability in the kitchen makes for a fantastic excuse to indulge in the crunchy potato pancakes in this Kitchen Story. A classic in many cuisines, potato pancakes recipes often feature flour and eggs as binders. This version, instead, from the family repertoire of our guest cook Carmen, has no flour. Stale bread is one of the main components instead.
For one reason or another – trust me – one day you will find yourself looking for a lactose-free, gluten-free cake recipe. If you’d rather try one with a story, then save this.
Soup is the icon dish of this blog. It represents many things we like: genuine food, traditional knowledge, care, warmth. Not all the soups are made alike, however, and there’s one particular version we’d never want on our plate. Believe it or not, you’re one of the cooks.
Summer: fresh beans season, time to sit on a porch overlooking the sea with a bag of full pods on one side and a bowl on your knees. If you (like me) don’t have a sea view nor a porch on hand, go buy some fresh beans and find some consolation in fagioli alla maruzzara, a very simple and fulfilling recipe from the most traditional repertoire of Neapolitan cuisine.
Never take the good things for granted, especially when they’re your favourite food! I lived a spoiled life in the world’s biggest artichoke garden without even knowing, until I moved to an artichoke-deprived land in 2012.