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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 :)

 

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Homemade Spaghetti

Homemade Spaghetti

So!  Since my trip to Italy i’ve been cooking a lot. I mean I cook anyways but I was just all culinarily inspired… lol. So I decided to take on the challenge of homemade spaghetti sauce with homemade noodles! This meal took several hours to prepare! Here is how it went…Put the tomatoes into boiling water for about 30sec to a min…just until you see the skin crack a little bit.Then place the tomatoes in cold water and get ready to peel! Because of the quick boil the skins will slide right offPeel ’em!Then you half the tomatoes and get all the seeds and water out…to much water and it takes forever for your sauce to cookThen put the halved tomatoes in a pot and start cooking them downNext is getting the dough togethor. Pretty simple with water, flour, oil and eggs.Mix the dough! It’s a tough-ish dough but it should not be so dry it’s crumbly.. :) Make sure you let the dough rest 15min before rolling it out.Roll the dough as thin as possible without tearing it (of course if you have a pasta machine then this step is a whole lot easier haha)Cut your pasta into the shape you like… this dough can also be for ravioli :) When I used oil in my dough I put a bit of truffle oil. <3 It was subtle but great!So all you have to do is boil your noodles and  add seasoning and wine to the sauce (One the tomatoes have disintegrated
a bit) …I also added onions and sausage to mine. Anywho, this stuff is seriously good! If you would like the full recipe just let me know and I’d be happy to type it up for you! :D

Spaghetti Eis!

So you’re all like what? Spaghetti? No! Its ice cream! Lol And the Germans have it at every ice cream shop. Its (Usually) a mound of whipped cream covered in vanilla ice cream that is put through a processor to make it look like noodles then covered in strawberry sauce then the “parmesan” is really just shaved white chocolate. Its nom and really inventive! If you noticed I used the word “Eis” The German term for ice cream. It is also the word for ice cubes…that would get confusing right? nope…they don’t often have ice cubes over here :(     Coke without ice is disappoint!