Italian food

A quick guide to Italian rice

Know your baldo from your arborio? What’s the difference between roma and vialone nano? And which rice is best for risotto? Find out with this quick guide to the top Italian rice varieties. Until relatively recently, people in the northern regions of Italy didn’t really eat pasta. After the introduction of the maize plant to …

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Peposo: Tuscan beef, black pepper, and red wine stew

  Watch me make peposo, an amazing Tuscan winter warmer stew. This dish originated with the workers in the terracotta factories of Impruneta, near Florence, back in medieval times. Like them, I use a traditional terracotta pot, but you could make this in a slow cooker, or a normal dutch oven. Nowadays, some people add …

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Salsa all’aglione: Garlic and tomato pasta sauce

In my video about bringoli, I promised you a sauce recipe to serve with them, and here it is. This is one of the most traditional ways to serve pici, pinci, bigoli, or bringoli—as I said in the video, take your pick. All’aglione translates as ‘with a lot of garlic’ and that’s the key to this …

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A quick guide to Italian flour

  0, 00, 1, or 2? Italian flour can be confusing. Put it all straight with this quick guide. Once, I thought I knew flour: plain, self-raising, strong, wholemeal—each with their own uses, each with their own consistencies. And then I moved abroad. It was while shopping in Switzerland that I first noticed alarming range …

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Bringoli: Tuscan hand-rolled pasta – Chestnuts and Truffles TV

  This hand-rolled pasta is popular all over Tuscany with local variations on the name. My local town of Anghiari calls them bringoli and even has a festival dedicated to them in early November. Visit the festival and watch as I show you how to make them, just like an Italian would, in the video above. …

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All about truffles: white truffle risotto

As you may have seen from this week’s video, on Saturday I attended the annual white truffle festival in Città di Castello, the area around which is renowned for the quality of its truffles. A facebook friend of mine recently asked me ‘Why are mouldy old lumps scrabbled from the autumn ground the source of …

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