Tag Archives: Italy

The Authentic Italian Table in Vancouver

Last week I had the opportunity to be part of  ” The Authentic Italian table” in Vancouver at the Terminal City Hotel. The Authentic Italian Table is food festival  designed to educate food lovers all around the word about Authentic Italian Food and Products  including DOP, DOC, IGP! The program, which is supported by the Ministery of the Economy Development, will also stop to 8 other city like Miami, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston,New York and Mexico City. Thank you to the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Canada West, Assocamerato and True Italian Taste to put such a great effort on this amazing project! We all need to educate more people about Real Authentic Italian Poducts, unfortunately there is a lot of scam out there.

The night was amazing with lots of vendors that brought their Authentic Italian Product to show and taste! From Prosciutto di Norcia, Orecchiette with Anchovy Rucola  Pomodorini and Burrata,  Bresaola DOP, Casera DOP, Piave DOP, Prosciutto di Parma DOP, Tagliatelle with creamy Muschroom, Risotto with DOP Gorgonzola, Taralli,  Panna Cotta, Espresso, Campari, Prosecco, Real Good Extra Virgin Olive oil,  and lots of vino! I can’t even tell you what was my favorite food because each products was outstanding and Authentic, It was like going back to Italy for me. Thank you to all the vendors that always do an outstanding job promoting Authentic Italian Products, Vancouver unfortunately has a lot of fake Italian  products! Sad but together  we can make the difference!

Here some pictures of the night and for more info about the project here the links http://www.trueitaliantaste.com  http://www.iccbc.com/it/  http://www.assocamerestero.it/

Orange Cake

I fall in love with this cake! I had a cooking class over Spring Break and I decided to make this delicious cake with the girls. The result was amazing, the house smelled divine and the cake tasted really good even the day after. We had it for breakfast and it was very satisfactory.

Try to make it maybe with your kids or your friends, don’t forget to build some precious moments in the kitchen and most important don’t forget THE SPRINKLE OF LOVE.

Ingredients:

  • 80 grams butter room temperature
  • 270 grams flour
  • 3 eggs room temperature
  • 125 grams sugar
  • 180 grams orange juice
  • 10 grams baking power
  • Orange zest of  2 orange
  • A sprinkle of love

Method:

  • Mix the dry ingredients.
    Take 2 orange and peel of the zest after that squeeze out the juice.
    In a bowl put the butter and the sugar and with a mixer mix until is nice and smooth!
  • Add one at the time the eggs and the orange zest and the flour! When the cake batter absorbed all the flour add the orange juice.
    Mix, put it in a baking pan previously buttered and cook it at 340 for 30/35 minutes!

    Buon Appetito

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Eggless Fresh Pasta Workshop

Have you ever tasted REAL fresh pasta in Italy? Maybe with a glass of vino while you indulge your sense in a Creamy Carbonara or in a spicy Amatriciana or again in a rich Bolognese sauce! Lucky you, you don’t have to go to Italy for that but just need to sign-up to the  Authentic Fresh Pasta Workshop taught by Mamma Marzia, the Queen of the pasta.

The workshop are usually 2/3 hour long and you will learn:

  • the basic of making fresh pasta like choosing the right ingredients, how to mix them, kneading the dough and why it has to rest.
  • how to roll the dough and how to create fresh tagliatelle, spaghetti, hand rolled pappardelle and many other cuts
  • how to make 4 different Italian sauce like Carbonara, Amatriciana, Bolognese sauce/ meat sauce and whipping cream, ham and peas sauce.

 

The next Fresh pasta workshop is Wednesday Nov 9 at 7 pm and we are making Eggless Pasta to register message me at marzia@bellacibo.ca. Come with a friend to enjoy a full immersion Italian Night with lots of good food,  drink and funny story.

Mamma Marzia’s making fresh pasta

I m lucky enough to have a friend that she is a stunning photographer! I truly think she is the best, every time  she takes pictures of me I fall in love! Here some pictures that she took last week in my kitchen! I m a food styling lover so I had fun put the color together and set up the table! I really happy how turned out, all the colors are blending together.Let me know what do you think and check my friend Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/JenniferReimerPhotography/?fref=ts

 

 

Crostata/ Italian Pie

Crostata/ Italian jam Pie is one of the most popular desserts in Italy. It’ s a classic nonna’s dessert, every nonna has a personal recipe, full if secrets and lots of love.

The recipe that I want to share with with today belongs to my dear mother in law, my kids grandma, that recently passed from a terrible desiese. This was the cake that she used to make for me at all my birthday, any family celebration and every time I asked for it.

Thinking about this marvellous cake, I still remember 10 years ago in one of my trip to Italy from Vancouver, my mother in law decided to make me a Crostata for the trip, just to make my trip a little bit sweeter ( i was traveling with small kids). The trip was definitely sweeter, her Crostata was very popular on the plain, in fact all the hostesses loved it and even my sister was lucky enough to try a piece! For this recipe I use homemade jam, but you can use whatever you prefer and whatever you have available!

Ingredients:

  • 300 grams flour
  • 120 grams sugar
  • 120 grams butter at room temperature
  • 1 egg
  • 1 yolk
  • Lemon zest
  • 2 Teaspoon of baking powder
  • Lemon zest
  • A pinch of salt
  • A sprinkle of love
  • 2 tablespoon of Any liquor that you like
  • Small jar of jam

Method:

  • In a bowl mix the flour, the sugar and the pinch of salt, make a hole, and add the butter at room temperature cut in pieces, add the eggs, the lemon zest and the baking powder.
  • Mix very well until the dough is nice and smooth.
  • Put it in the fridge for 1 hour covered with plastic.
  • Get your 12 inch round pan buttered and turn the oven on at  350.
  • Roll the dough out to about ¼ and ½ inch thick without working it too much. I suggest covering the dough with plastic wrap so it won’t stick on your rolling pin.
  • Set the dough on your pan, remembering to leave a small piece for the strips.
  • Spread the jam on the dough and reroll the pieces for the strips or hearts or stars! Whatever you prefer.
  • Put the strips on the jam the way that you like.
  • Bake the crostata for 30/40 minutes or until is nice and brown.
  • Do not over bake otherwise it will become hard like a rock.
  • Buon Appetito.