Summer 2015

Hello people…It is a while we don’t write you….again :) Already back from holidays? I am and I have to say Brussels doesn’t have given me a warm welcome, indeed, here we are already in the fall … gray … rain ..:(

But let’s go back with the mind and re-think about the 30 degrees, the sea and relaxation …  This is a brief glimpse of my summer and yours, how was it?

This for me was a summer of many sunrises and sunsets … A lot, but really a lot of work, but also many “first times”. For the first time I ate tomatoes grown from us, yes, they can also grow in Brussels :) I became aunt for the second time, but this time of a beautiful girl. For the first time I visited a wonderful land as the Cilento region, and  I recommend to all of you to go there. This summer I also realized for the first time how a lot of times my body does not correspond to my head, finding myself in a festival where the average age was decidedly inferior to mine, coming home and finding myself as one of the few people I know who have not yet had children, thinking I can still do anything I want and finding myself to pay the consequences the next day :) Am I having an early midlife crisis?! We also created our “not to miss” event of the week here in Brussels, we learned what it means “venite da me per una cena pugliese” (vero Silvia?), I realised I hate papagaci, more than mosquitoes, I met friends I didn’t see in a while, I learned how to be more patient and relaxed (still working on this last part), and I I laughed a lot (Fortunately this didn’t happened for the first time!).

For those of you who are still around the world..have fun … I’ll wait you here :) And stay tuned because soon we will publish new recipes!

P.S. As you will see from my pictures, this summer I thought more on eating than on photographing…

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Arborio rice with truffle from Abruzzi

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What a hard work to come back from the longest and probably most beautiful summer I ever spent in my entire life!
Sun is still shining in Italy, and I still don’t feel like get in the kitchen and start cooking…but as I promised you, I came back from holiday with a lot of recipes. I spent most of August travelling around the Abruzzi, our first stop-over.. from the sea to the mountains and back, all over the region.  _DSC9028

The recipe I propose you today comes from the countryside, and I have to thank Lino, Paola and Matilde for the present, but also Tobia and Havana, Lino’s dogs, who did the dirty work and found the truffle!

ARBORIO RICE WITH TRUFFLE FROM ABRUZZI

Ingredients:
6 small cups of Arborio rice
a little yellow onion
butter
beef bouillon or vegetables broth
a glass of Trebbiano d’Abruzzo
truffle-peeled and sliced thin
Parmigiano Reggiano

Mince the onion and put it in a pot with a bit of butter. Add Arborio rice and stir well.

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Simmer with white wine until reduced, then add a spoonful broth at a time and cook for about fifteen minutes, adding broth when needed.

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Turn the burner off, add truffle, parmigiano and some butter, stir and cover for a couple of minutes. Serve hot, adding some more truffle on the top of the risotto.

Have a nice weekend,
your Claudia.

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