Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Sette Effe Grissini with Sesame Seeds

Cinzia from Cindystar is hosting Bread Baking Day and the theme this month is seeds and flakes. I thought this would be a perfect way to get back into baking and explore  more of the flours from the Langhe's Mulino Marino and the flour I've chosen is Sette Effe.

sette effe farina© by Haalo

Monday, April 29, 2013

Weekend Herb Blogging #382 Hosting


This week Elena from Zibaldone Culinario will be hosting both the English and Italian versions of Weekend Herb Blogging.

While it's called Weekend Herb Blogging we don't limit ourselves to just posts dealing with herbs - we celebrate vegetables, fruit, nuts, seeds, flowers, grains - in fact if it is plant based, then we'll love to hear more.

Your posts can either be informative and/or include a recipe where your featured ingredient is the main ingredient of the dish. If you've found a new way to cook an old ingredient or discovered a new ingredient, you're more than welcome to share it with WHB.

Posts can be written anytime during the week but need to be sent to the host by the appropriate deadlines. You can find more information by checking out the WHB rules.

Send your entries to zibaldone.culinario AT gmail.com
with WHB#382 in subject line and the following details:
  • Your Name
  • Your Blog Name/URL
  • Your Post URL
  • A photo: 300px wide

Your entries need to be received by:
  • 3pm Sunday - Utah Time
  • 10pm Sunday - London Time
  • 11pm Sunday - Rome Time
  • 7am Monday - Melbourne Time

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Burrola - Burrata al Gorgonzola

It's the start of Vinum today here in Alba and as part of the festivities the Alba, Langhe e Roero Slow Food conviviums along with the Streetfood organiziation are holding a "Street Food" event - a celebration of traditional Italian street foods.

One of the stands that immediately attracted us was "Il Signore delle Mozzarelle" where various types of mozzarelle were being made right before our eyes.

Mozzarelle are a time sensitive cheese and start to lose their quality within an hour of being made - so being able to not only witness the cheese being made but being able to buy and eat it as soon as it is made, that is rather special. If you're interested in seeing photos of how the cheese is made, you'll find photos of the process on their facebook page.

The cheese that got our full attention was the Burrola - burrata stuffed with gorgonzola - the choice perfect for a bit of a decadent lunch.

burrata con gorgonzola© by Haalo

Within 10 minutes of being made - we're back at our apartment and it's ready to eat, accompanied by Paesano bread, merinda tomatoes and basil plucked fresh from its pot.

burrata con gorgonzola© by Haalo

You wouldn't normally cut it this way but it gives you a good look at the lovely runny interior of gorgonzola.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Gnocchi with Asparagus and White Truffle

While Australians and New Zealanders know April 25th as Anzac day, here in Italy it is also a special day - La Festa della Liberazione or Liberation Day - a celebration of the day Italy was finally liberated by the allies but also, a day to honor and commemorate the fallen.


Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Black and White Wednesday #81

Black and Wednesday is hosted this week by the very talented Lynne from Cafe Lynnylu. My subject for this edition involves one of my very favourite herbs Sage - I've kept it simple, focusing on a single leaf - in b&w it almost looks three dimensional.

sage©

Monday, April 22, 2013

Weekend Herb Blogging #381 Hosting


Terry from Crumpets & Co will be hosting both the English and Italian editions of Weekend Herb Blogging.

If you're new to Weekend Herb Blogging or haven't joined in for a while, here's a quick recap of the rules.

You have the week to post about any herb, fruit, vegetable, seed, nut, flower - in fact if it is plant based then we'll love to hear more. Your post can be informative, spotlight a particular ingredient and/or include a recipe where your chosen ingredient is one of the primary ingredients in the recipe.

Entries should be submitted by:
  • 3pm Sunday - Utah Time
  • 10pm Sunday - London Time
  • 11pm Sunday - Rome Time
  • 7am Monday - Melbourne (Aus) Time
Send your posts to abbbella74 AT gmail DOT com
with WHB#381 in the subject line and the following details:
  • Your name
  • Your Blog/URL
  • Your Post URL
  • Attach a Photo: 400px wide



Saturday, April 20, 2013

Pea and Ricotta Pancakes

Graziana from Erbe in Cucina (Cooking with Herbs) is hosting Weekend Herb Blogging and this weekend I'm in the mood for an easy brunch dish that will suit those sunny autumn or spring days. I've found the answer in the April edition of Bon Appétit and it came in the form of Pea Pancakes. I've made a few small changes - I've replaced the cottage cheese with ricotta and added fresh mint and lemon zest to the batter to give it a fresher feel.

pea and ricotta pancakes© by Haalo

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Monday, April 15, 2013

Weekend Herb Blogging #380 Hosting


This week Graziana from Erbe in Cucina (Cooking with Herbs) will be hosting both the Italian and English editions of Weekend Herb Blogging.

It's very easy to join in - you have the week to post about any herb, fruit, vegetable, flower, nut, seed or grain - in fact if it is plant based we'd love to know more.

Your post can be informative, spotlight a particular ingredient and/or include a recipe where your chosen ingredient is one of the primary ingredients in the recipe. To find out more just check out the rules.

Entries need to be submitted by the following times:
  • 3pm Sunday - Utah Time
  • 10pm Sunday - London Time
  • 11pm Sunday - Rome Time
  • 7am Monday - Melbourne (Aus) Time


Send your posts to scrivi AT erbeincucina DOT it
with WHB#380 as the subject and the following details
  • Your Name
  • Your Blog/URL
  • Your Post URL
  • A photo, 300px wide


Saturday, April 13, 2013

Raspberry and Lime Cake

Cristina from the La Cucina di Cristina is hosting Weekend Herb Blogging and this week as I've been in bit of a baking mood, I've made this fruity cake - filled with raspberry and a heady tang of lime, it's a perfect choice for any occasion.

Raspberry and Lime Cake© by Haalo

Monday, April 08, 2013

Weekend Herb Blogging #379 Hosting


Cristina from La Cucina di Cristina is hosting both the English and Italian editions of Weekend Herb Blogging.

If you would like to join in, it couldn't be easier.

You have the week to post about any herb, vegetable, fruit, flower, nut, grain, seed in fact, if it is plant based then it's eligible. Your post can be informative - spotlight a particular ingredient and/or include a recipe where your chosen ingredient is one of the primary ingredients in the recipe.

Posts can be written anytime during the week but need to be sent to the host by the appropriate deadlines:
  • 3pm Sunday - Utah Time
  • 10pm Sunday - London Time
  • 11pm Sunday - Rome Time
  • 7am Monday - Melbourne Time

Send your posts to cucinadicristina AT gmail DOT com
with WHB#379 in the subject line and the following details:
  • Your name
  • Your Blog Name/URL
  • Your Post URL
  • Your location
  • A photo, 400px wide

Saturday, April 06, 2013

Apple and Yoghurt Cake

Marta from Mangiare è come Viaggiare is hosting both the English and Italian versions of Weekend Herb Blogging and this week I've taken my inspiration from the classic Italian cookbook Il Cucchiaio d'Argento.

Chock full of apples and yoghurt, this moist cake is the perfect mid-afternoon pick me up.

apple and yoghurt cake© by Haalo

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Black & White Wednesday #77 Gallery

It's been a pleasure to host Black & White Wednesday - Thank you for sharing your lovely photographs. I hope to see you all again next week when Aparna from My Diverse Kitchen takes on the hosting duties.


"Working on my Kneading Board" by Simona from Briciole

"Sealing the Freshness" by Tanusree from Ma Niche

"Fava Beans in the Basket" by Cinzia from Cindystar

"Black Olives" by Priya from The Humpty Dumpty Kitchen

"Brown Rice" by Madhavi from Madhu's Indian Recipes

"Blueberry" by Meena from Encourage Spice

"Sweet Tamarind from Thailand" by Usha from Sizzling Indian Recipes

"Sweet Tamarind from Thailand" by Usha from Sizzling Indian Recipes

"Minimal" by Rosa from Rosa's Yummy Yums

"Chive Flower" by Haalo from Cook (almost) Anything




If I've missed anyone or there are late comers, I'll add them to the gallery as they come in.

Black and White Wednesday #78

Aparna from My Diverse Kitchen is hosting Black & White Wednesday and the photo I've selected is a simple study of Pears that I like to call "One Pair"

One Pair© by Haalo

Monday, April 01, 2013

Weekend Herb Blogging #378 Hosting


This week Marta from Mangiare è come viaggiare will be hosting both the English and Italian versions of Weekend Herb Blogging.

If you haven't taken part or it's been a while since you last joined in, here's a quick summary of the rules.

You have the week to post about any herb, fruit, vegetable, nut, seed, flower or plant. Your post can be informative - spotlight a particular ingredient and/or include a recipe where your chosen ingredient is one of the primary ingredients in the recipe.

You can post any time during the week but remember to send your email by the following cut-off times:
  • 3pm Sunday - Utah Time
  • 10pm Sunday - London Time
  • 11pm Sunday - Rome Time
  • 7am Monday - Melbourne (Aus) Time

Send your entries to martarin AT alice.it with WHB#378 in the subject line and the following:
  • Your Name
  • Your Blog Name/URL
  • Your Post URL
  • A photo: 400px wide



Weekend Herb Blogging #377 - Recap


I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter break - thank you so much for sharing your creations with WHB.

In this recap I guarantee there's something you haven't seen before and a lovely array of comforting dishes just perfect to warm you up on those cold days - but to start, something for the season guaranteed to make you smile.
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