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Rice bomb (bomba di riso), recipe from Emilia-Romagna
Rice bomb (bomba di riso), recipe from Emilia-Romagna
The rice bomb is a flan. And flan, in Italian sformato, is the name we used to call it at home. It must be said, however, that it is an Emilian rather than a Romagna dish. In fact, each Emilian province has its own version of the recipe. You can find the bomb bolognese, the one from…
Artichoke lasagne
Artichoke lasagne. And time to cook
Artichoke lasagne belongs to the long list of dishes that have graced my family's Sunday lunch and a variety of other occasions such as, for example, Easter lunch or Easter Monday, above all, if it fell early, that is, in March, like this year. Grandma used to execute the recipe in her own way, cooking the…
Chocolate salami (without eggs)
Chocolate salami (without eggs). Nonna’s recipes
If a book about grandmothers served the purpose of not missing mine, I would look for it. I'm usually able to manage memories, but some days, it is hard to manage their B-sides. Yes, memories have two sides, like coins and old vinyl records. Side A makes memories a soft dough that will rise in the oven; it…
Salame matto (fake salami). A recipe from cucina povera of Romagna
Salame matto (fake salami). A recipe from cucina povera of Romagna
Salame matto (fake salami) is a typical meatloaf from the humble cuisine of Romagna that brings to mind many a family meal, especially Easter lunch. First of all, I think a clarification is necessary. Some Italian recipes, in the title, contain the adjective finto (fake) or matto (which translates as crazy but has value as…
Torta dei 5 minuti
5 minutes cake, a typical recipe of Emilia-Romagna
In this gastronomic journey along the Via Emilia in search and rediscovery of familiar memories and flavors, sometimes it happens that I discover little culinary surprises. Recipes I have never heard of, such as the 5 minutes cake or, in Italian, torta dei cinque minuti. Honestly, I was surprised to discover that The Slow Food Dictionary…
Savory potato chifel (bread)
Savory potato chifel (bread), and a forgotten Bolognese history
That is the Bolognese recipe for non-Bolognese chifel. It sounds bizarre, I know. Now I'll tell you the story. The recipe for chifel (or chiffel or kipfel) demonstrates how recipes are travelers with great adaptability. From Austria, Kipfel means half-moon in German. And it is the shape created by Viennese baker Peter Vendier to celebrate the defeat of…
Vino caldo recipe, the mulled wine of Romagna
Vino caldo recipe, the mulled wine of Romagna
In Romagna, mulled wine was called vino caldo (warm wine). I use a form in the past tense since only a handful of memories and a few mentions in gastronomic collections of Romagna cuisine, above all dated ones, survive on that drink, which Romagna peasants used to fight winter frost and seasonal ailments. The mulled wine implies…
Mortadella and veal rifreddo (meatloaf)
Mortadella and veal rifreddo (meatloaf)
Rifreddo, galantina, stuffed chicken and capon are classic dishes of Bolognese cuisine. They represent one of the happiest expressions of local home cooking. The Bolognese table is welcoming in flavor and appealing to the eye. And recipes, even if rich in character and ingredients, never recall food porn. On the contrary, the local gastronomic culture doesn't lack a certain…

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