Roasted peppers canapés

In pasta, with sausage and cheese, stuffed with rice or cuscus, or in a savoury cake, peppers bring the taste of sun and summer to your table.

After a short break, Ca’ Cucina opened again. At their shop they keep offering fresh vegetables delivered directly from Italy. This week we tried the fleshy red and yellow peppers to prepare these roasted pepper canapés.

Don’t forget that you can even eat at Ca’ Tavola Calda or buy your dinner at Ca’ Take away.

Ca’ Cucina’s restaurant, Take away and Shop (Rebekkavej 49, 2900 Hellerup).

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Cecina – chickpea flour pancake

The cecina or farinata is a traditional street food from the Tuscan Riviera and the Liguria region. People use to eat a slice of cecina in an open focaccia bread named “schiacciata” for a snack or a quick dinner.

This dish is especially popular in Livorno (Tuscany region) where it is called “5 e 5”, because in the past 1 cecina and 1 focaccia costed only 5 lire each.

 

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Eggplant rolls (involtini di melanzane)

Even this week  at Ca’ Cucina  you can find a lot of fresh vegetables delivered directly from Italy: red and yellow peppers, San Marzano and cherry tomatoes, striated violet eggplants and much more… including juicy fruit.

We decided to prepared a recipe with striated eggplants, as they have a sweeter and less spongy flesh and a thinner skin than the conventional purple ones.

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You can decide not to cook this week and to take advantage of Ca’ Tavola Calda  or Take Away to taste these fresh vegetables ready to be served to your family or ready to be eaten at the restaurant.

Ca’ Cucina’s restaurant and Take away (Rebekkavej 49, 2900 Hellerup)

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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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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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