Saturday, November 30, 2013

Insalata Russa

Graziana from Erbe in Cucina (Cooking with Herbs) is hosting both editions of Weekend Herb Blogging and this week I've made another Piemontese standard - Insalata Russa.

Insalata Russa is a cold salad of boiled potatoes, carrots and peas generously tossed through mayonnaise - in some versions you may see the addition of canned tuna - while a boiled egg garnish is quite common. A version I've particularly enjoyed has finely diced hard boiled egg whites lightly tossed through the salad.

insalata russa© by Haalo

Monday, November 25, 2013

Weekend Herb Blogging #412 Hosting


This week Graziana from Erbe in Cucina (Cooking with Herbs) will be hosting both the Italian and English editions of Weekend Herb Blogging.

It's very easy to join in - you have the week to post about any herb, fruit, vegetable, flower, nut, seed or grain - in fact if it is plant based we'd love to know more.

Your post can be informative, spotlight a particular ingredient and/or include a recipe where your chosen ingredient is one of the primary ingredients in the recipe. To find out more just check out the rules.

Entries need to be submitted by the following times:
  • 3pm Sunday - Utah Time
  • 10pm Sunday - London Time
  • 11pm Sunday - Rome Time
  • 9am Monday - Melbourne (Aus) DS Time
Send your posts to scrivi AT erbeincucina.it
with WHB#412 as the subject and the following details
  • Your Name
  • Your Blog/URL
  • Your Post URL
  • A photo, 300 px wide

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Black and White Wednesday #107

Simona from Briciole is hosting this edition of Black and White Wednesday and this week my subject is the historic Caffè Torino in Torino.

Caffè Torino© by Haalo

Founded in 1903, Caffè Torino is located on the corner of the stunning Piazza San Carlo. Step through those doors and you enter another world - with tuxedo clad waiters, it exudes charm and elegance. Drop in for a coffee and you will be overwhelmed with the choice of stunning patisserie while in the late afternoon for aperitivo, the bar counter is covered with platters of savoury delights.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Weekend Herb Blogging #411 Hosting


Elena from Zibaldone Culinario will be hosting both the English and Italian versions of Weekend Herb Blogging.

While it's called Weekend Herb Blogging we don't limit ourselves to just posts dealing with herbs - we celebrate vegetables, fruit, nuts, seeds, flowers, grains - in fact if it is plant based, then we'll love to hear more.

Your posts can either be informative and/or include a recipe where your featured ingredient is the main ingredient of the dish. If you've found a new way to cook an old ingredient or discovered a new ingredient, you're more than welcome to share it with WHB.

Posts can be written anytime during the week but need to be sent to the host by the appropriate deadlines.

Send your entries to zibaldone.culinario AT gmail.com
with WHB#411 in subject line and the following details:
  • Your Name
  • Your Blog Name/URL
  • Your Post URL
  • A photo: 300px wide

Your entries need to be received by:
  • 3pm Sunday - Utah Time
  • 9pm Sunday - London Time
  • 10pm Sunday - Rome Time
  • 8am Monday - Melbourne Time


Saturday, November 16, 2013

Cotoletta all'albese

Cristina from La Cucina di Cristina is hosting both editions of Weekend Herb Blogging and with the truffle fair finishing this weekend I thought it appropriate to see it out with a lovely black truffle.

black truffle© by Haalo

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Black and White Wednesday #106

Cinzia from Cindystar is hosting this edition of Black and White Wednesday and this week, it's a photo that should appeal to the meat lovers out there - a lovely steak, on the bone, of local Razza Piemontese beef.

steak© by Haalo

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Lasagnone Ricciolone

la fabbrica della pasta gragnano© by Haalo

Gragnano in Naples is best known for its IGP pasta. The combination of long hours of sunlight and sea breezes produce the perfect drying climate for pasta. During one of the many food festivals in Alba, I managed to stock up on this terrific pasta and the one I'll be using today is the delightfully named lasagnone ricciolone.

lasagnone ricciolone© by Haalo

Monday, November 11, 2013

Weekend Herb Blogging #410 Hosting


Cristina from La Cucina di Cristina is hosting both the English and Italian editions of Weekend Herb Blogging.

If you would like to join in, it couldn't be easier.

You have the week to post about any herb, vegetable, fruit, flower, nut, grain, seed in fact, if it is plant based then it's eligible. Your post can be informative - spotlight a particular ingredient and/or include a recipe where your chosen ingredient is one of the primary ingredients in the recipe.

Posts can be written anytime during the week but need to be sent to the host by the appropriate deadlines:
  • 3pm Sunday - Utah Time
  • 10pm Sunday - London Time
  • 11pm Sunday - Rome Time
  • 9am Monday - Melbourne Time
Send your posts to cucinadicristina AT gmail DOT com
with WHB#410 in the subject line and the following details:
  • Your name
  • Your Blog Name/URL
  • Your Post URL
  • A photo, 400px wide



Saturday, November 09, 2013

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Black and White Wednesday #105

Sanhita from Pocket full of Spices is hosting Black and White Wednesday and my subject for this week is the wonderful Porcini.

porcini© by Haalo

It's easy at this time of the year to just focus on truffles but freshly picked Porcini also have an intoxicating aroma.

porcini amuse© by Haalo

This delightful work of edible art is an amuse of shaved raw porcini sat upon a light sponge - a true pleasure to behold and to eat.

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Kamut Pancakes Redux

As I wrote in the earlier post, I have remade the pancakes using only Kamut flour and this was the result.

Kamut Pancakes© by Haalo

Even though I followed the exact same recipe, they have quite a different texture - fragile and spongy. While the originals were flexible, these will break if you try to roll or bend them.

They have a very light texture which is pleasant. Due to their delicate nature, you need to be careful when flipping them.

In future I would stick with the original 50-50 split.

Monday, November 04, 2013

Weekend Herb Blogging #409 Hosting


A new season of Weekend Herb Blogging begins and this week Carla Emilia from Un'Arbanella di Basilico is our host.

If you're new to Weekend Herb Blogging or haven't joined in for a while, here's a quick recap of the rules.

You have the week to post about any herb, fruit, vegetable, seed, nut, flower - in fact if it is plant based then we'll love to hear more. Your post can be informative, spotlight a particular ingredient and/or include a recipe where your chosen ingredient is one of the primary ingredients in the recipe. I'm sure you'll easily find a post that will be perfect for WHB.

Entries must be submitted by:
  • 3pm Sunday - Utah Time
  • 10pm Sunday - London Time
  • 11pm Sunday - Rome Time
  • 9am Monday - Melbourne (Aus) Time

Send your posts to carlaemilia AT arbanelladibasilico.it
with WHB#409 in the subject line and the following details
  • Your name
  • Your Blog/URL
  • Your Post URL
  • Attach a Photo: 400px wide

Weekend Herb Blogging #408 - Recap


Thank you all once again for joining in this week - we have a table full of delicious offerings. At the end of the recaps I'll announce the lucky winner of the prize - now don't go peeking!

Why don't we start with something for breakfast:

Sunday, November 03, 2013

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