‘Gigli‘ is also known by the names ‘Campanelle‘ (little bells) and ‘Riccioli‘ (curls). However, the word ‘Gigli’ means ‘lilies’. The lily is believed to have been the emblem of Tuscany since the time of the Roman Empire, making Gigli the pasta of Tuscany. Continue reading
Olives have been cultivated around the Mediterranean for thousands of years yet Italy is considered to be the country producing the highest quality extra virgin olive oil. The reason for this is that some of the olive groves of Italy have been tended to through countless generations, continuing time-honored, organic, family traditions. Continue reading
Hand-painted, handmade Springerle Cookie Class: Learn the age-old technique for making traditional, European Springerle cookies. The perfect gift for Christmas or just as a surprise for your sweetheart. Continue reading
We have taken a tour of the world wide web to bring you a small selection but our Top 10 recipes for armoniche, radiatore pasta. Continue reading
The Pasta Maker has recently introduced a new selection of more unusual pasta shapes coming to us from Italy – ‘Armoniche‘ meaning ‘harmonica’. These strange looking pasta shapes are also known as ‘Radiatore‘ meaning ‘radiator’. Therefore, recently you have been asking how armoniche, radiatore pasta is made. Continue reading
If you love fresh pasta but think you could never make it yourself, this class will change your mind. Once you discover how to make egg-less pasta at home, you’ll want to say “ciao” to pre-packaged pasta, possibly forever! Continue reading
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It’s time to do a little reminiscing of Italy and a recipe for eggplant antipasto that you have come to know and love.
It seems to always be summertime here in Florida but there is a distinction between weather patterns if not seasons, that looks something like this: hot, very hot, humid and hot, windy, rainy and my personal favourite, cool.
At the moment it is hot, rainy and occasionally windy. Apparently, these are perfect climatic conditions to raise eggplant because they are bursting forth all over the place.
Eggplant, also known as ‘aubergine’ where I come from in England, are the quintessential Italian vegetable and the Italians really do know what to do with them. My personal favourite (and it appears to be yours too) is grilled eggplant under oil.
recipe for eggplant
If you have the BBQ up and running, slice some eggplant and toss them on the grill before lightly salting them, squirting lemon juice at them, adding garlic, fresh parsley and olive oil to create a heavenly antipasto.
On the island of ponza, italy
The photograph up there is of grilled eggplant antipasto that we enjoyed on the tiny Italian island of Ponza. We ran a bed and breakfast from spring through to early autumn there and this was one of our go-to recipes.
It was an amazing experience to be on the island of Ponza and we met a lot of people who ventured out from all corners of the world just to be there. Ponza is a relatively unknown Italian treasure that the Italians have managed to keep to themselves for many years. As a result, Ponza is somewhere you can experience the real Italian life-style, just as we did.
Ahhhh …. another wonderful memory of Italy triggered by a plate of food.
Could someone pass me a slice of bread?
If you have an obsession for pasta (like The Pasta Maker does), one of the most wonderful journeys that you will make is into the realm of Ravioli. Continue reading