Monday, 1 September 2014
Sunday, 27 July 2014
Nothing but good fresh ingredients, it's easy to make and ended up as something quite wonderful.
Tuscany is somewhere I've always really fancied visiting - in fact Italy in general really interests me and the food always looks so, so good.
About Filippo Berio:
The Gran Cru range is a selection of three regional Italian Extra Virgin Olive Oils. Each of the three Gran Cru oils - Dauno, Monti Iblei and Toscano have their own unique characteristics.
Filippo Berio Gran Cru Toscano: Produced in Tuscany from Frantoio, Pendolino and Leccino olives, this delicate green Extra Virgin olive oil has a strong aroma and a well-balanced flavour; a ripe, sweet and fruity taste with a peppery finish. The mainstay of many traditional Tuscan recipes, it is excellent with fish, soups, vegetables and fresh salads. Perfect for pasta, pulses and barbecued meat too.
Filippo Berio Gran Cru Monti Iblei: Produced in the Monti Iblei area of Sicily and made using Tonda Iblea olives, this Extra Virgin olive oil has an intense aroma, reminiscent of tomato leaves. It has a full-bodied, intense flavour and is excellent with salads, fish and shellfish. Perfect with white meat and boiled or grilled vegetables, it is also spectacular on fresh Pecorino and salted Ricotta.
Filippo Berio Gran Cru Dauno: Produced in Puglia, in the heel of Italy, and made exclusively from Ogliarola and Coratina olives, this golden green coloured Extra Virgin olive oil is tangy, aromatic and intense. It is best suited to enhancing strong flavours such as game, bitter herbs, artichokes and turnips. It also goes well with vegetable soups and barbecued meat and fish.
Wednesday, 23 July 2014
If you'd like have a go at making my easy to make Banana, Caramel and Chocolate Pizza you can find the recipe here.
After an amazing meal at Zizzi and feeling inspired by the new addition to their new dessert menu - 'Strawberry and Chocolate Pizza' I took on Zizzi's challenge and made my own dessert pizza. Banana and Caramel Drizzled with Dark Chocolate. I was really pleased with the result especially because I very rarely make dessert and never know where to begin. I must say that trying their new dessert really did inspire me to get thinking and have a go. Hopefully after reading this post then you also might want to have a go yourself.
Here are a few snapshots of our visit to a Zizzi restaurant and more about their
Strawberry and Chocolate Pizza:
While we were in the restaurant, part of the challenge was to Tweet/ Instagram using #SweetPizza - it was so funny. We'd purposely gone to the restaurant earlier in the evening than we'd usually go since people would be wondering what an earth we were doing!
Please excuse my poor photographs as you will appreciate I couldn't take my proper camera and as you would expect restaurants just aren't set up with the correct lighting for food photography.
Since we were sitting directly in front of the chef I just had to ask if I could take his picture - it's okay he knew it would end up in this blog post and thought it was cool!
Our starter dishes arrived, we ordered different dishes so we could share and we absolutely loved this one - Fonduta Formaggi a pot of melted cheese, gorgonzola, gruyère and pecorino with baked dough sticks and focaccia bread for dipping.
To the side of the picture you can just see part of the other dish we had ordered, Arancini - Risotto balls with mozzarella, peas and a breadcrumb coating. There are three risotto balls and they're served with a chunky tomato peperonata dip. Warning - they are very moreish!
Now for the main course - Oh my word just look at the size the pizza Paul chose!
The Rustica Sofia pizza had lots of lovely spicy chicken, pepperoni, spicy sausage and mozzarella along with chilli and rosemary. Yep he managed to eat the whole thing! I was allowed a tiny bit to try it and we both really liked it.
Here I am not quite knowing where to begin as the Spiedini Pollo (Roast chicken breast with red onions, courgettes and peppers) was as you can see, also huge. It came with a side of Tuscan potatoes with a white wine and lemon sauce. It was too nice and it had to be eaten! The chicken was lovely and tender and the potatoes and sauce were a treat to eat. But I was getting concerned by now, as we'd already eaten loads and still had to try the Strawberry and Chocolate pizza!
Now I must tell you about this dessert Pizza - Melting Marshmallows and Fresh Strawberries drizzled with Warm Chocolate and Hazelnut sauce - what's not to like?
Yes this is something that has to be ordered. I must admit even though I'm not a fan of sweet things, this pizza wasn't too sweet at all and the base thin, crispy and light. The strawberries work really well and take away the much of the sweetness so it isn't overly so and we both thought it was just perfect.
My one recommendation is that after eating a huge meal at Zizzi you seriously only need one of these pizzas to share between two people. But us greedy pair just had to order the Chocolate and Banana Calzone as well as the pizza which you just see in the background of my picture. Yes that was also seriously good although it was of course a lot sweeter than the Strawberry and Chocolate pizza which I personally preferred. Paul however, is a huge fan of both desserts!
Make sure you try out the ultimate sweet treat from Zizzi this summer. You can find your local restaurant here. If you're feeling inspired to turn more savoury things sweet, share your creations with #SweetPizza
If you'd like more information on Zizzi pop over and visit them here.
Disclaimer: Many thanks to Zizzi in Shrewsbury and the fantastic meal and service from their staff. I was set a challenge by Zizzi to create my own sweet pizza. We were guests at Zizzi restaurant and I have been compensated for my time and the ingredients used. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.
Monday, 29 July 2013
Wednesday, 20 March 2013
I have to admit I'd never tried Garofalo Pasta until recently when I was very kindly sent a huge range to try. Of course I haven't got round to trying them all as yet, but one thing's for sure, this pasta is GOOD!
It's hard to describe but Garofalo Pasta certainly tastes richer and fuller in flavour than most other brands. Yes I'm converted - Garofalo is the way to go if you want Top Quality Great Tasting Pasta.
Spaghetti with Chicken, Chorizo and Sun-dried Tomatoes:
Created from only the finest durum wheat in Gragnano, which is in the shadows of the ruins of Pompeii.
Sunday, 12 August 2012
Thursday, 21 June 2012
Thursday, 5 April 2012
You'll find easy to make recipes such as this Beef and Wine soup that looks so lovely and creamy and can be made in just a few minutes!
All in all I'm loving this book and can't wait to make a good few things from it.
Also, series two of the BBC2 television program starts on April 19th.
By the way, you can see my review on the Two Greedy Italians latest DVD here.
Thank you to Yvonne for sending me a copy to review.
Wednesday, 28 March 2012
In each of the four hour long episodes the pair create dishes using ingredients and influences they discover along their gastronomic journey. They travel through different Italian regions and uncover a changed Italy in some areas and a fiercely traditional, mostly untouched world in others.
This DVD is funny, interesting and very entertaining and here are just a couple of snippets of what to expect!
Gennaro tries to seduce Antonio (yes you read right)!
Gennaro tries to find a wife for Antonio by joining a dating agency and Antonio then has a dinner date with 'Erica' a lovely girl but turns out to be half his age!
The Two Greedy Italians visit a pasta factory and later cook up a stew and polenta.
The DVD comes with four recipe cards and is available to pre-order now over at Amazon. Oh and by the way, a new series of Two Greedy Italians airs on BBC2 in April.
Technical information: Feature running time: 4h approx
Studio: Fremantle Home Entertainment
Sunday, 4 September 2011
Friday, 10 September 2010
Thursday, 13 May 2010
Saturday, 11 July 2009
Chicken saltimbocca is just so, so nice. Imagine the sweetness of the Marsala wine and the slight saltiness of the Parma ham along with chicken fillets that have been cooked just right so the chicken is really tender. In a word - yum.
This lovely sauce seeping into the cheesy mash - not just any cheesy mash potato but Jan's ultimate cheesy mash! Recipe for that will follow tomorrow.
2 chicken breast fillets - skinless
2 slices of Parma ham
2 tablespoons of olive oil
50g salted butter
6 small sage leaves
a handful of freshly chopped flat leaf parsley
salt and pepper to taste
How to do it:
Put the chicken breasts on a chopping board and cover with cling film. Using something flat and 'bashable' bash out until they are flattened. Don't go too mad as you don't want to tear them.
Season with a little salt and pepper. Place 3 sage leaves on each breast and lay a piece of Parma ham on top. Secure with a wooden skewer.
In a large frying pan, heat the oil and half of the butter on a medium heat. Once it's nice and hot, place the chicken in the pan, ham side down. Cook for 2 minutes until browned. Turn and cook for a further 3 minutes until just cooked through.
When that's done, remove and put the chicken onto a plate and cover with foil.
Pour the Marsala wine in the hot frying pan and with the help of a wooden spoon, start to deglaze by scraping up the lovely gooey bits on the bottom. Over a high heat simmer for 2 minutes until slightly reduced.
Now, stir in the remaining butter then season with salt and pepper.
Return the chicken and any juice to the pan, throw in the chopped parsley.
Sunday, 21 June 2009
One large or two medium sized ovenproof dishes
80g of either smoked streaky bacon or pancetta
5 or 6 sun dried tomatoes drained from their oil (or re hydrated dried ones)
Heat the butter and oil in a large pan and fry this mixture along with the tomato puree over a low heat and cook for about 10 minutes or until soft.
Add the tomatoes, red wine and bay leaves. Stir well and bring to the boil.
For the Sauce;
Melt the butter in a saucepan then add the flour and stir and cook together.
Take off the heat briefly, and whisk in the milk with a hand held balloon whisk. Now put back on the heat stirring all the time.
Season with salt and pepper and turn down the heat and cook until slightly thickened. You want a fairly running sauce to be able to coat the pasta easily. When that’s done remove from the heat and stir in some freshly grated nutmeg.
Preheat your oven to 200C/400F/ Gas 6
Put a large pan of slightly salted water on to boil ready for your pasta.
When it’s boiling add the pasta. Cook the pasta until it’s almost done (al dente). You don’t want soggy pasta.
Remove the bay leaves from the sauce. Now add the meat sauce and mix again until the pasta is covered in both.
Don’t fuss about getting it all even colour as it looks better with more white sauce in places.