Monthly Archives: August 2019

Beets Gnocchi

Beets gnocchi are very different from potato gnocchi! They are sweeter and have a harder consistency. I like to serve them with butter and sage sauce, adding Speck {Smoked Prosciutto}! The sweet and savory combination is incredible! If you don’t have Speck you can use Prosciutto. I added beets gnocchi to my cooking class it was a success. It was a satisfaction to see my clients at the beginning of the class very hesitant but then in the end excited about the particular flavor. In the kitchen you have to experiment and above all don’t be afraid to try new ingredients especially healthy ones.

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Ingredients for the Gnocchi

  • 1 kg potatoes
  • 200 grams of beets
  • 1 egg
  • Nutmeg
  • Cinnamon if you like it
  • 300/350 flour
  • A sprinkle of love

Ingredients for the Butter Sauce

  • 100 grams butter
  • 80 grams Speck or Prosciutto
  • Sage leaves

Boil the potatoes with the skin, mash them when they are still hot with a potato ricer and let them cool! Boil your beets with the skin! When they are nice and soft, peel them and put them in a food processor or blender! If the beets cream is too tick add a tablespoon of water, the water that you used for boiling them! Let them cool.

Now in a big bowl put the potatoes, the cream’s beets, nutmeg and cinnamon {if you like them} and mix quickly! Add now the egg, mix again and start to add the flour a little bit at the time!

 When you have a firm and not too sticky dough you are ready to roll out your Gnocchi. Cut out small pieces from the dough and start to roll out! Whit a knife cut out small little ball. Your beets gnocchi are ready to be eaten!

To enjoy them boil them in a big pot with lots of water and salt, at the same time make the Butter sauce just simply melt the butter, add the sage and the prosciutto or the speck cut in small slices! When the Gnocchi come up from the pot they are to take a buttery bath in the frying pan! Stir fry them for few minutes and at the end add Parmigiano Reggiano! Buon Appetito

Blueberries Cheesecake

My husband favourite dessert is cheesecake and last week he requested it for his birthday celebration. We recently went with the kids to pick up blueberries at the farm so I thought that blueberries cheese cake would be a perfect idea. This recipe is very easy, you don’t need to bake the cheesecake so it’s perfect for hot summer day, plus its more light. Note: on top of the cheesecake I made a mix of local berries sauce, it was to die for it.

Ingredients for the cookies crust:

  • 200 grams graham cookies
  • 100 grams melted butter

Ingredients for the cheesecake cream:

  • 180 grams whipping cream
  • 300 grams blueberries yogurt
  • 400 grams Philadelphia cheese
  • 50 grams icing sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 7 grams gelatine sheets
  • 2 tablespoon of blueberries juice or berries sauce
  • Sprinkle of love

Ingredients for the berries sauce:

  • 250 grams of berries
  • 2 tablespoon of sugar

Method:

In a bowl mix the cookies and the melted butter. Press into bottom of 9 inch springform pan and put it in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.

Whip the whipping cream and put it in the fridge.

Put the gelatine sheets in a bowl with some water, and start to make the cheesecake cream putting the Philadelphia cheese, yogurt, vanilla, icing sugar. Beat all the ingredients until they are creamy. In a small saucepan put the blueberries juice and warm it up, get the gelatine sheet from the water, squeeze all the water out and add it to the blueberries juice. Cook it for 2 minutes until the gelatine is completely melted. Pour it now to the cheesecake cream and mix. Add the whipping cream and mix very well. Bring your cheesecake crust from the fridge and pour the cream on top; put it back to the fridge for at least 4 hours. For the berries sauce put in a pan the berries with the sugar and cooks them for 5/7 minutes. I like to squeeze some of the berries with a fork for more juice. When the cheesecake is ready pour the sauce on top.

Note: The gelatine sheet has to stay in the water to melt just the time that you are making the cheesecake cream.

Buon Appetito

Bella Cibo’s Italy Food Tour

Come to Italy with me in May 2020 to discover how gorgeous my country is and experience how to live the Italian Dolce Vita.

Hi, my name’s Marzia, Award Winner and Creator of Bella Cibo’s Kitchen. I recently decided to make one of my dreams come true : to bring some of my clients and Italy lovers to Italy, the most iconic Destination for travellers, and show them how gorgeous it is with my eyes.

The trip is going to be spectacular, we will start in the North, in the amazing Valley where I grew up Valtellina, we will go to Teglio for Pizzocheri Class, we will visit Como Lake and travel by train to Bologna to discover all their specialty to finish off to Naples, where I was born, and of course touring the Amalfi Coast.The most important thing about this amazing trip is that we will experience Italian Culture and You will have a connection with the food that you are going to eat! It will be Unforgettable.

Thank you to Monica’s Vacation Creation to help me out with this journey, here her website https://www.monicasvacationcreations.ca/Any travel questions please email her or marzia@bellacibo.ca

Price is $ 4190.00 per person (based on double occupancy) and Includes:

  • Accommodations
  • Transportation
  • All the breakfast
  • 2 cooking classes
  • Dinner with my mom
  • 7 meals ( including the 2 cooking classes)
  • Gelato by Como Lake
  • Not Included:
    • airfare
    • Anything not mentioned in the Included list