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Gnocchi di Patate, a pasta with Italian origin

Gnocchi, pronounced “Njocki” rather than “Gnotschi”, is the Italian variant of Nocken. In Italy, three main variants are distinguished: Gnocchi di Patate made from potatoes, Gnocchi di Polenta made from corn semolina and Gnocchi alla Romana (Roman wheat semolina dumplings). Continue reading Gnocchi di Patate, a pasta with Italian origin

Italian style Neapolitan Pizza Sticky post

The original Italian Neapolitan Pizza

This original Pizza dough recipe is from an Italian Pizzeria owner in Naples, and is simply tastes unique. Best of all, it has quality simple ingredients you can easily make the dough yourself at home. Top your pizza dough as you like, or make pizza bread, Garlic Knots or pizza sticks from the dough Continue reading The original Italian Neapolitan Pizza

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Baking Bread of ancient Rome

On my Romans in Rhineland fact finding trip I became interested in bread baking like it was done in the antiquity. After some research, I plunged into baking the bread like the Romans did as depicted in paintings, and found as carbonised loafs in ovens of Pompeii. Continue reading Baking Bread of ancient Rome

Römerwelt Rheinbrohl, Limes

The rich Roman history of the Rhineland

A day after I visited Cologne and saw the monuments and Roman history there, I discovered that there was a museum called RömerWelt in Rheinbrohl near my river cottage. That morning I set my alarm for 7.30, made some coffee and got ready for a new adventure. That day exceeded my expectations learning more about the ancient Romans in my area Continue reading The rich Roman history of the Rhineland

Spaghetti Bolognese

What? Spaghetti Bolognese not from Italy??!!

To make one thing clear, the Spaghetti Bolognese dish is not an Italian invention. Nevertheless, you can often find it on menus in many other countries prepared in different ways. The name “Spaghetti Bolognese” is actually used when you mean the long pasta that is served with minced meat sauce. So whenever I am in the mood and tired of the common red Spaghetti sauce I use the recipe below. Continue reading What? Spaghetti Bolognese not from Italy??!!

Aioli dip, spread. Mediterranean, Spain Italy Southern France, Christmas Spread

Aioli, a Mediterranean dip

Last time I was at the Freiburg Münsterplatz I visited their large International Market and had fried Calamaris with Aioli sauce. That was the first time I tasted this sauce, and I have been bragging about it ever since. This spread or dip is used with the cuisines in Spain, the Balearic Islands, Murcia and eastern Andalusia, Valencia and Catalonia. Also in France (Provence) and Italy, Sicily and Liguria and Calabria. Continue reading Aioli, a Mediterranean dip

Cevapcici, a Balkan sausage

Cevapcici, a Balkan Sausage

I ate this dish in the former Yugoslavia in 1986 (now Croatia) on the way to the famous Plitvicer Lakes. I always ordered a Grill Plate, it was a safe bet because of the language barrier. One way or another I ended up with Cevapcici, a Balkan sausage on my plate.  I prepare this dish with Tzatziki on the side, see recipe Continue reading Cevapcici, a Balkan Sausage