All posts tagged: Italian cuisine

Her perfect majesty – Panna Cotta

Panna cotta is always the right dessert.  Let me tell you why. It’s utterly simple. It literally means “cooked cream” and that’s all it really is. And yet it tastes luxurious and looks beautiful. It’s very easy and quick to make. And yet it will look remarkably elegant on any dinning table. It’s perfect for everyone. It can be tailored to your preferences. It’s always gluten-free, it can be low-sugar or no-sugar, and even vegan. And I just love the feel of velvety smooth panna cotta with fresh berry topping melting in the mouth. It’s absolutely delicious! Convinced yet? Give it a try! Preparation time: 30 min + Chilling time  /Serves: 4 For the panna cotta: 6 tbs. of water 1 envelope of powdered gelatine 300 ml of double cream 250 ml of milk 2 tsp. of caster sugar ½ vanilla pod or couple of drops of vanilla extract For the sauce: Handful of berries (raspberries & blueberries) 2 tsp. of caster sugar     DIRECTIONS: Use a small bowl to sprinkle the gelatin over the cold water. Let …

Delicious Focaccia bread with cherry tomatoes

I am absolutely in love with Italian food and focaccia bread is a beautiful superb accompaniment to go with it. It looks great, it tastes amazing and what’s important is super-easy to make. See for yourself! Preparation + cooking time:  over 2 hours We would need: 500 g of strong white bread flour 1 sachet of dried yeast 400 ml of lukewarm water fine sea salt olive oil Handful of cherry tomatoes Italian herbs Leftover cheese (optional)   DIRECTIONS: Place the flour into a large bowl, add 2 tbsp of salt and make a well in a middle. Fill it with the lukewarm water, add the yeast. Allow few minutes for the yeast to melt, then mix the entire content to make a soft, slightly sticky dough. Take a baking pan and drizzle some olive oil to the bottom. Pour the dough into the pan and spread it evenly. Cut the tomatoes and assemble them over the top. Pour 3/4 cup of olive oil over the tomatoes. Sprinkle with salt and Italian herbs over the entire …

Divine taste of Italy: Oven roasted bell peppers

If it is another rainy day outside your window, spice it up with some deliriously wonderful dish, which will take you back to the sunny streets of Italy. It is simple and delicious. Works great on it’s own, and can be gorgeous savoury addition to any salads, salsas or stews. Divine taste of Italy: Oven roasted bell peppers Preparation+Cooking time: 1 h / Veg-friendly To celebrate you would need: 4 bell peppers (red, orange or yellow) 2 tbsp. of extra-virgin olive oil Some salt and freshly ground black pepper 2 garlic cloves, finely sliced Some dried oregano DIRECTIONS: Pre-heat oven to 200 C. Then de-seed and cut the peppers into halves or quarters and place them on a baking sheet. Drizzle the goodness with olive oil, add finely chopped garlic and season with salt and pepper. Lastly, sprinkle some dried oregano. Roast until flesh is tender and skin is blistered,  should take approximately 35-40 minutes. Mmmm..fantastico! With love, Marie