Mushroom risotto

Our Italian friend Silvia from New Zealand (very far from us! 🙂 ) sent us her version of mushroom risotto.

But first of all let’s go meet her.

Do you want to introduce yourself?
My name is Silvia Canessa and I am 43. I have 2 boys Riccardo 12 and Lorenzo 10 and a black labrador Maia. We moved to Wellington, New Zealand, 8 years ago. I am originally from Livorno, Toscana.

What’s your favourite Italian recipe which you use to prepare often and easily?

My favourite recipe is Cacciucco, but I can’t do it here because I can’t find the ingredients.
What I cook very often is the mushroom risotto because here it is very easy to find fresh mushrooms.

(The Cacciucco is a traditional fish stew associated with the two seaside towns Livorno and Viareggio – Tuscany. This poor but delicious and tasty dish, is made with a wide variety of Mediterranean fish such as shellfish, scorpionfish, small clams, mussels, shrimp, calamari. cuttlefish, octopus, bream, mullet. According to tradition, to prepare a good Cacciucco you should have at least five different types of fish, one for each letter c in cacciucco.
The best restaurants where you can taste this dish are Trattoria 11 – Livorno  and Ristorante Conti Montenero – Livorno.)

What product do you miss mostly from Italy?

I miss the mozzarella, you can buy it here but it’s extremely expensive and not so tasty and fresh as the Italian one.

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Roasted tomato soup with burrata

This quick homemade tomato soup is a perfect summertime dish, especially if you happen to find ripe and juicy tomatoes (like the Italian ones :-)). The soup it’s equally good hot or chilled. And if you want to give your dish a taste of Italy add slices of Burrata.

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Biancomangiare with mango coulis

The name of the following recipe, Biancomangiare, derives from the colour of its main ingredients which are white (Bianco in Italian).  There are many variants of this recipe, here you will find the Mad and Delicacy version, where we added another white ingredient, the marzipan.

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Affogato al caffè

Affogato al caffè is a refreshing and quick dessert to be served to your friends during a hot summer.  The only suggestion we want to give you for a perfect result is to prepare an Italian espresso coffee, either with a moka pot or with an espresso machine.

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Mediterranean Paccheri with roasted tomato

Now that the tomato season is just around the corner, we want you to get the most out of it. Do this by starting with this delicious and easy to prepare recipe. Enjoy the recipe and these first sunny days as well!

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Pasta (Trofie) with pesto sauce

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The recipe of this week is kindly offered by Massimo, an Italian friend (and cousin of one of us :-)) who lives in Houston together with his beautiful kids and his lovely wife.

Do you want to introduce yourself?

My name is Massimo Blaskovic. I am an Italian citizen and US permanent resident. I live in US since 2009, two of my three children are American citizens.

Where are you originally from?
I consider myself a Northeastern Italian, since I spent there the majority of my life in a town close to Trieste.
And now, talking about food, what’s your favourite Italian recipe which you use to prepare often and easily?
I like a lot Pasta al Pesto but my kids prefer Pasta alla Carbonara. I believe it is because of the tasty pancetta, which is quite a challenge to find here in US, so we usually go for smoked bacon instead.
What product do you miss mostly from Italy?
La salsiccia de cranio from Bepi Sciavo. (note: Bepi Sciavo is the most famous and oldest Buffet in Trieste, where Massimo comes from, and La salsiccia de cranio is one of the most delectable dish that Bepi serves).
About Pasta al pesto, what would you tell us?
Even if this is not a typical recipe of the region I am from, it is easy and quick to do, which is a must for a family with kids. You can prepare the sauce while you wait for the water to boil and the pasta to cook. And last but not least, the ingredients to prepare the pesto sauce are easy to find also in US.

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