Back to Bologna and real bolognaise (recipe)

  La dotta, la rossa, la grassa. These are the nicknames given to the city of Bologna by Italians. La dotta (the educated) because it boasts one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in the world. La rossa (the red) because of its distinctive red-brick architecture. And la grassa (the fat)? Because of its … Continue reading Back to Bologna and real bolognaise (recipe)

Semifreddo con saba (recipe)

                                            Is it ice-cream? Is it gelato? No, it's semifreddo, a deliciously simple dessert made from freezing whipped cream. It has quite a light consistency, caused by the air in the cream and all … Continue reading Semifreddo con saba (recipe)

Zuppa Inglese: not just a small trifle (recipe)

  This weekend I was invited for barbecue at my friend's house to celebrate the finishing of some extension work. I wanted to take a dessert, and so still influenced by my trip to Modena, I decided to take the most Modenese of desserts, a zuppa inglese.     Zuppa inglese, the name of which means 'English … Continue reading Zuppa Inglese: not just a small trifle (recipe)

Pasticcio di tortellini: tortellini pie from Modena

  Ever since I came back from Modena, I've been dreaming of this pie. Having grown up in England, I love big, traditional, English pies such as pork pies and the game pies you see in TV costume dramas weighing down many a seventeenth-century table. This is the closest thing I've found in Italian cuisine … Continue reading Pasticcio di tortellini: tortellini pie from Modena

Tortelli di zucca: pumpkin pasta from Modena (recipe)

  Tortelli is a word used mostly in north-central Italy to describe two very different pasta shapes. In Tuscany, it's used to describe a shape like ravioli. In the province of Arezzo, where La Madera is located, tortelli di patate, ravioli stuffed with mashed potato—eaten boiled or often deep fried—are a local tradition. Elsewhere, such as in Emilia-Romagna, … Continue reading Tortelli di zucca: pumpkin pasta from Modena (recipe)