Presnitz and pinza: breakfast in Trieste

Located right on the border with Slovenia, Trieste, in the region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia, has all the characteristics of a frontier town. The city has always been at the centre of an historical crossroads with the Venetians, Slavs, Austrians, and Italians all laying claim to it during its two-thousand-year history. Unsurprisingly all of these people … Continue reading Presnitz and pinza: breakfast in Trieste

Arista: Tuscan roast pork (recipe)

This recipe is from Tuscany.     Arista is one of the great classics of Tuscan cuisine. People often assume that, considering it is consists of roast pork loin, the name is related to the Italian arrosto, meaning roast. The truth couldn't be more different and, as with most Italian dishes, there's a story. Here … Continue reading Arista: Tuscan roast pork (recipe)

La Colomba Marietta: Italian Easter cake (recipe)

This recipe is from Tuscany. The colomba is to Italian Easter what the panettone is to Christmas. The name, which means dove, comes from its shape, representing the Holy Spirit, who in the New Testament of the Bible appears in the form of a dove. Like the panettone, the colomba is ubiquitous in the shops … Continue reading La Colomba Marietta: Italian Easter cake (recipe)

Torta di semolino: semolina cake (recipe)

This recipe is from Tuscany. No sooner is carnival out the way than we have an excuse for another sweet blow-out: San Valentino, or Valentine's Day. And in a country famed for lovers and romance it's seen as a big occasion—notwithstanding the fact that the original Saint Valentine was Italian. It's also the very beginning … Continue reading Torta di semolino: semolina cake (recipe)

Plum-cake (recipe)

  Despite its anglo-saxon name, plum-cake is an extremely Italian dessert. In fact, the name doesn't exist in British or American cuisine. This version of the recipe is taken from La scienza in cucina e l'arte di mangiar bene written in 1891 by Florentine gourmand Pellegrino Artusi. Even though it contains candied peel and fruit, close … Continue reading Plum-cake (recipe)