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2018-11-26

I did not cook this. It was a memorable lunch in Wuhan. Crabs, slightly spicy with cucumbers and spring onions. Accompanied by a specific vegetable that you can get only in Hubei province and only in winter.  Instead of French Fries, deep fried Lotus roots, not healthier, but tastier :-)

Hubei Style Crabs with Winter Vegetables

Hubei Style Crabs with Winter Vegetables

Dish:
Recommended Wines: Martavello, Nuricante Umbria Grechetto
We brought the wine. It was from our warehouse. A Martavello from 2015 in 2018. It is not anymore the same Martavello. Lost freshness, but gained sweetness. Anyway perfect with t he crabs

2018-11-03

I am not giving up! I try to produce pasta at home with high quality flours, fresh eggs and delicious fillings.

This time it worked out.  The pasta was 60% De Cecco hard wheat semola and 50% Janas Senatore Capelli.  The dough was perfect.

Ravioli with Ricotta and almond paste

Ravioli with Ricotta and almond paste

Dish:
Recommended Wines: Divina Villa white label, Salviano Pinot Nero Rosè, Febeo
Low tannic reds, non aromatic whites or good rosé wines, many possibilities

2018-11-01

Ricotta is a specific soft and fresh cheese that can be obtained from milk of cows, sheeps and goats (and buffaloes!). I prefer goat or sheep ricotta because of their aromatic taste.

This dish I made from pasta I prepared myself. In the pasta dough was a generous amount of truffle paste. More about hand made pasta in other posts, it is normally simply not worthwhile the effort.

Pasta con Ricotta

Pasta con Ricotta

Dish:
Recommended Wines: Nuricante Umbria Grechetto, Divina Villa Black Label, Divina Villa white label
Wine needs to be elegant. A Grenache would fit very well, but a Grechetto too.

2018-10-26

I am living near Bolsena lake an ancient crater, ones filled with Lava, now with water. And in this water, there are many tasty fish

The most appreciated of this is the Coregone also callled "lavarello".  It originates from the North of Europe, but it feels perfectly fine in the Lake Bolsena's relatively cold water.

Filetti di Coregone

Filetti di Coregone

Dish:
Recommended Wines: Salviano Orvieto Classico Superiore, Soana, Salviano Pinot Nero Rosè
Obviously a good Est Est Est, would be the most logical companion, but it swims also very well in Orvieto classico.

2018-10-26

I am a raw food  lover. Well I don't want to say I love the "vegan raw food".  I can eat it some times.  But my addictions is raw fish, raw meet and only selected raw veggies,

With "carpaccio"you group in Italy everything what is finely sliced and raw, meat fish or vegetables. The international gourmet community knows better tartar, minced lean good beef meet.

Carpacci and Tartar

Carpacci and Tartar

Dish:
Recommended Wines: Nuricante Umbria Grechetto, Divina Villa white label, Salviano Pinot Nero Rosè
Elegant wines with Carpaccio, good structured white as Umbrian Grechetto, Rosé  like the Salviano Pinot Nero, or a light red wine as a Grenache.

2018-10-26

This is mixing sweet and bitter. "Songino"  Lambs lattuce and "Radicchio di Treviso. topped with mixed seeds and shredded nuts.

The strong taste of my Monocultivar "Canino" Olive Oil fitted very well.

A perfect starter or side dish!

 

"Radicchio di Songino"and Lambs lattuce

"Radicchio di Songino"and Lambs lattuce

Dish:
Recommended Wines: Nuricante Umbria Grechetto, Assisi Rosato
The Radicchio is not the best companion for red wine, but a stronger whit wine or bodied rosé is going well.

2018-10-26

I am an olive oil lover and consumer, not an olive oil expert. But every October it is my special enjoyment to taste the different new oils. This year I started with the oils from Podere "il Sasso", "il Poggiolo" and "Tenuta Salviano".  You see the  4  oils in the picture. The price range was between  11 and 22 Euros /l.

Olive Oil tasting

Olive Oil tasting

Dish:
Recommended Wines: Salviano Pinot Nero Rosè
The elegant and light taste of the Rosè seemed just ideal to clean the mouth between the different oils

2018-10-25

Pork sausages are the "national dish" in Umbria and there are mostly very salty. So one need to drink a lot of San Giovese with the meal :-) Or better, combine the sausages with a lot of good vegetables. I never use fat to fry sausages, they have enough of their own. I boil them initially in white wine, so they release their fat.

Sausages with bell pepper and chard

Sausages with bell pepper and chard

Dish:
Recommended Wines: Accordo, Belloro
The drinking competition was between  the Accordo from Le velette and il Belloro from Custodi.   Both wines went well with the sausages. The white Belloro took advantage from being...

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