It’s already mid January , time goes by very quickly.
At the beginning of the year I was planning my cooking activities for this new vlog so last week i started filming what i was cooking for my sons in my kitchen at home in Tuscany.
Last week itwas quite cold, temperatures were below zero and frozen for many days so despite the heating, I had to light up the old wood stove to keep warm .
Coldness inspired me to made something warm and I chose to made ribollita soup , well known all over the world . The ribollita was born in middle age exactly here in the aera where i live between Florence and Arezzo, and the recipe i have comes from my ancestors Ribollita means reboiled, so when you make it and then you have reboiled it and it becomes a silky and glossy mixture that melts in your mouth and tastes fantastically. It’s perfect in wintertime is like a warm hug with a good glas of red wine as ribollita but it’s also very very good cold in hot summer days. My sons like very much meat, expecially long cooking meat, the stewed one, so midweek I was cooking the classic tuscan Spezzatino and exactly is the stewed beef . It exist in many many different recipes around Italy, the origin of it is from the nord of Italy with the name of Stufato . Five kms away from my house there is a Town, San Giovanni Valdarno, and its typical dish is a different type of spezzatino called “Stufato alla Sangiovannese” that has obtained a typicality and uniqness brand ; it’s much more spicy , they’re using the calf instead of the beef and the final taste is totally different and may one day I can dedicate a vlog about it. Anyway, we need just few ingredients and is very simple to do it, it require just a very low and long cooking to be so tender and this time i used my wooden stove to cook it. Finally I made the gnudi, they’re gnocchi like but they’re made with ricotta & spinach usually served with butter fresh Sage pecorino cheese or parmisan ( also few slices of truffle). Before having good gnudi, in the past i tried many different recipes, because when I was adding the dumplings into the boiling water many times they were distroying into the water .They’ re are easy to made but requires small attentions in handling the dumplings to be fine in the final consistence, and it depends on the water’s boiling point, the dumplings’ sitting time and ingredients’ draining process. Now I am able to make wonderful Gnudi, the only problem that i have now is that I make always super big quantities 🙂 During the video you can see me in an alpine contest, that’s way I am in Austria to my boyfriend, and exactly in Zeltweg in the center of Styria region, rinomated all over the world as there’s the red bull ring, the Formula 1 Circuit, absolut wonderful under the snow.
Thank you so much for watching
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