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Mushroom Tartlets <3

So while I was in Italy I got a cook book! <3 And I love it! I recently made these Mushroom Tartlets and they were seriously nommy! Nom ^.^ lol So I tweaked the recipe a bit and this is what I got :DThis was actually a really simple recipe, easy to make and very good!

Takes 30 Minutes-Serves 6

  1. 375g pack of all-butter puff pastry (found in the frozen section)
  2. flour for dusting
  3. 2 oz of butter
  4. 10 oz of mixed mushrooms, cleaned and sliced
  5. 1 oz of fresh parmesan
  6. handful of basil leaves, chopped
  7. 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  8. 1 egg, beaten
  9. Garlic salt/powder of granulated

1. Roll out the pastry on a floured surface and cut out four circles about 15cm wide. Take the dough scraps, roll out again and make 2 more circles. The dough should be thin.

2. Heat oven to 350. Heat large frying pan until hot and add 1 oz of the butter and fry the mushrooms until there is not liquid left in the pan. Then add the remaining  1 oz of butter and cook the mushrooms till they start to get a nice caramelized color.  Season the mushrooms with salt and pepper. Take off the heat then mix the mushrooms with the parmesan, basil and garlic.

3. Score the edge of each tart, then spoon the mushroom mixture into the center of each circle. Brush the edges with the beaten egg (this gives the pastry its nice golden color!) Then sprinkle a touch of garlic salt on the edges. Bake the tarts for 20min until puffed up and golden. Put a bit of fresh parmesan on the top for presentation and enjoy! :)

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Another Italian Dinner

Having dinner in Florence at a little restaurant and pizzeria place… :)

 

Started with some wine…wasn’t very good but then again I have no idea how to choose a good wine lol. Its one of my culinary weaknesses!

 

Next was this awesome calzone…a bit to crispy but the ricotta and the prosciutto were great!

 

Then this simple pasta dish with fresh noodles and tomatoes. Good and not overly seasoned :)

 

Ok, this next pasta dish was really interesting! Fresh noodles with a Tuscan meat sauce… the noodles were quite good with a gritty texture. The sauce was defiantly a new experience. It was super flavorful ground beef and the only way I can kinda describe it was that it somewhat resembled the flavor of corned beef hash! (I love that stuff!) ..so anyways…when in Tuscany try the Tuscan meat sauce :)

 

Food Firenze! (Get it? lol)

Yeah that was a ridiculous joke! But I couldn’t help it! Alright! So get ready for a super-duper long post! I went on a wonderful food tour of Florence (Firenze), Italy!  …and here are some of the amazingly delicious and very new to me, things I tried!

This was a simple beef brisket that we had in the market, the green sauce was made from cilantro and was very refreshing…the red sauce was..HOT…I avoided it because I don’t like spicy things but a little bit of it got my piece and I was freaking out..talking crazy burn your face off kinda hot!

Next was freshly made raw ravioli! The filling was some sort of smooth cheese and pear, crazy sweet and interesting. The pasta was super tender and good <3

Then onto the delicious balsamic vinegar’s…Balsamic vinegar is one of my favorite condiments! <3 LOVE THIS STUFF.

We tried 7 different balsamic vinegar’s! Each one going up in age, the last one we tried was aged for 25 years, expensive but really good stuff and the older it gets the more concentrated it is. So the flavor is very strong and the texture starts to become almost like molasses <3

Next was olive oil…i’v never tasted anything quite like this. I use olive oil every day but this stuff tasted completely different! You could actually taste the olives..in fact it tasted like a fresh raw olive! Very strange indeed.. :D

Then the cheese’s with different toppings :) We had fresh mozzarella and parmigiano reggiano <3 TO DIE FOR.

The sauces were actually different kinds of chutneys, honeys and also truffle pesto-ish stuff ;) We bought several haha. We purchased the pear that was infused with essence of mustard (great stuff) and the mixed berry with truffle oil! NOM APPROVED.

Anyways, these are all the delicious things we tasted at the oldest food market in Florence. If you ever get a chance to visit Tuscany make sure you make your way to this market! <3

Prosciutto, Pizza, Ravioli, Risotto

I ate many delicious things on my recent trip to Tuscany, Italy :) This was my first meal there (I was *very* excited lol)

 

This is fresh mozzarella and prosciutto <3 OH MAN. I love prosciutto but i’ve never had it like this! In the states it just a bit to salty and chewy..not here…it was the perfect amount of salt with meat that wasnt overly chewy and a chore to eat. Seriously good stuff right here! 

I ordered the Margherita pizza! Super simple but good. The sauce was like…BAM… tomatoes! 

 

This was a tasty fresh pasta with some darn good mushrooms! I believe it was filled with a ricotta mixture. But the interesting part was the pasta. You can see from the photo that it’s not the usual white-ish stuff but yellow, and it wasn’t to tender so it fell apart. It held quite nicely together making for an interesting texture.

 

The last and THE BEST. Probably my favorite dish that I tried in Italy! This was creamy parmesan risotto <3 This stuff was like a giant bowl of comfort food :D  This sauce was very thick and creamy, made with the delectable Parmigiano Reggiano. The risotto was very heavy, so you could only take a few bites without being full haha. Perfectly salty with a great balance of cream and cheese. Nom approved! 

 

 

Gelato and Stuff

Gelatooooo timeeeee :D

Soooooo, I tried some great gelato while I was in Florence! The real deal, not touristy stuff. It was stored traditionally in the metal bin thingys in the counter, not in a display case. The colors were pale and  not fluorescent so you knew the ingredients were real :D (Contrary to popular belief, gelato should NOT be piled high and should be dull in color)
I had FOUR different flavors lol. White chocolate strawberry, passion fruit, coffee and vanilla mint (The mint was so fresh tasting, quite a new experience!). This was some seriously good stuff! The flavors were so vibrant tasting! .

 

I also had Gelato in Pisa…not as great but still good :) I had strawberry

 

Next was chocolate! Pralines to be exact, extremely creamy stuff! My favorite was the hazelnut with cracked pepper on top. The pepper was a genius addition to the chocolate! They complimented each other so well! 

 

The view at the chocolate shop!

Dinner In Tuscany

This is our visit to a cute little italian restaurant on the last day of our trip (I’m not posting stuff we did in any specific order lol) The place was very cozy with only around 7 tables. But it was still fancy and of course they had a large selection of wine :P

 

The first starter we had were Beef Rolls, delicious thinly cut pieces of beef filled with an arugula and fresh cheese mixture. Very fresh tasting dish, it was good even though I’m not really a fan of arugula :)

 

Next was SUPER NOM pieces of rye toast with fresh cheese, raspberry preserves and mint. Oh my goodness this was so good, the saltiness of the cheese was a perfect balance to the sweetness of the preserves and the mint gave it a little extra kick :)

 

 

The entrée I ordered was a fresh pasta with a white ragú, rabbit and saffron. <3 The rabbit was very delicious, like a gamier version of beef.

 

Dessert was probably my favorite part of the meal ;) I ordered the cheesecake and you can even tell by the picture that it’s not your ordinary cheesecake, the texture of the cake is very different, having a much fluffier consistency and not nearly as dense… And FRESH. So fresh tasting that you could taste all the different ingredients, specially the cheese <3

The Wines of Italy

The Wines of Italy

Postin’ time!!! Haha :) So…on my recent trip to Tuscany, Italy I took a food tour of Florence and a wine tasting was part of that tour!

 

The first was my favorite, Lambrusco, a mild sparkling wine. Super good, not to sweet and a pretty low alcohol content. Very easy to drink and would have been great with some pasta ;) This wine was a DOC, meaning it’s a certified traditional wine using grapes from the surrounding area.

 

Next was another DOC wine, Montepluciano D’Asruzzo. This one was… good but… not very easy to drink. I like my wine just a touch bit sweet and this wasn’t very sweet lol 

 

Then the 3rd, Le Corti,  was a lot like the 2nd but a bit higher alcohol content and a touch bit sweeter. Good wine!

The fourth was a very epic wine…EPIC. It’s a dessert wine that you often dip biscotti into and its super-duper sweet! It’s also got a very nutty flavor because of the wood used in the process of making it and a nice golden color. This wine is 1998 Via Santo Del Chiante that is also a DOC. Again.. this first wine was my favorite but if you go to italy I recommend trying a dessert wine like this! It’s very unique and quite delicious! 

With the biscotti!!! 

 

(Wines are VERY confusing and I apologies if I got any of the names wrong!)