Paradise cake with hot zabaglione

Paradise cake with hot zabaglione

Mario Matassa shares his paradise cake recipe – a cake that miraculously improves with age and is better if made one or two days in advance… The name ‘paradise cake’ comes from the fact that the cake is as light as air (like paradise). It has a dry, fragile texture, so is usually filled with a patisserie cream and the sponge sprinkled More...

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Stuffed guinea fowl
By Italia Travel & Life On Tuesday, January 7th, 2020
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Stuffed guinea fowl

For a festive centrepiece Italian-style you can’t go wrong with roast guinea fowl (faraona ripiena). Mario Matassa gives us the low-down… There are a number of ways to cook guinea fowl, but at Christmas More...

Filled crêpes
By Italia Travel & Life On Tuesday, January 7th, 2020
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Crespelle ripiene (filled crêpes)

This dish originates from Emilia-Romagna and is served in restaurants throughout the area. Mario Matassa brings us a recipe for these tasty crêpes These crespelle – crêpes – make a satisfying dish. The More...

Pancetta-wrapped prawns on crostini
By Italia Travel & Life On Tuesday, January 7th, 2020
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Pancetta-wrapped prawns on crostini

This delicious appetiser is perfect in its simplicity and requires minimal preparation time. Mario Matassa shares the recipe with us…  For this crostini dish it is important to find plump prawns and to make More...

Struffoli
By Italia Travel & Life On Tuesday, January 7th, 2020
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Struffoli

These golden balls of deep-fried dough smothered in honey and decorated with candied peel make a wonderful centrepiece for the festive table, says Mario Matassa Struffoli, from Naples, are prepared and eaten More...

Reinforcing salad
By Italia Travel & Life On Tuesday, January 7th, 2020
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Insalata di rinforzo

Full of the strong flavours that are typical of the region, this Campanian dish will evoke memories for anyone who has ever visited Naples – Here’s Mario Matassa’s take on ‘reinforcing salad’: Insalata More...

Salt cod Neapolitan-style
By Italia Travel & Life On Tuesday, January 7th, 2020
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Baccalà alla napoletana

Baccalà alla napoletana (salt cod) is a hugely popular dish in Italy, and is a popular Christmas Eve dish among Italians. Mario Matassa shows us how it’s done… Baccalà is sold everywhere in Italy More...

canastrelli
By Italia Travel & Life On Tuesday, December 10th, 2019
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Canestrelli biscuits

This recipe for canestrelli biscuits makes it easy to create this tasty Ligurian treat – Mario Matassa shares his technique to show us how its done… These biscotti would traditionally have been twice cooked More...

swordfish
By Italia Travel & Life On Tuesday, December 10th, 2019
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Swordfish with capers, pine nuts and lemon

This delicious swordfish dish (pesce spada alla ligure) from Mario Matassa is a treat for seafood fans, and a real taste of northern Italy Throughout Liguria, capers, pine nuts and lemons are used to flavour More...

anchovies
By Italia Travel & Life On Tuesday, December 10th, 2019
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Anchovies alla Vernazza

If you like anchovies (alici in Italian), try this recipe from Mario Matassa, which would also work well with sardines… Anchovies are the most commonly served fish in the Cinque Terre, often simply marinated More...