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Fancy a glass of British wine?

Around the Mediterranean Sea, people enjoy their Rosé chilled. It usually accompanies a warm night and a cool meal. Think fish, think Gnocchi and fish!

Rosé is produced in  Southern Europe, as in France, Italy and Spain. What was my surprise this morning, when I discovered that the pink  wine was also produced not far from London.

Apparently, the Surrey hillsides can claim  to producing the best Rosé in the world. Indeed, the Chalk Ridge Rose 2010, from the denbies estate, won the International Wine Challenge. In the world’s  most influential competition, the UK wine bet 360 challengers from 21 countries. I’m very impressed, indeed!

Adding to the medal attributed to the UK,  another was earned by a vineyard located in Kent. At Chapel Down they are proud to produce excellent englishwine, and the IWC Gold award congratulated their achievements. Did you know that its Sparkling Rose Vintage Reserve Brut was served  at the Royal wedding?

So, with your gnocchi this summer, will you not fancy a glass of British Rosé?

I know I will!


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Gnocchi alla Ciociaria

Does your mind go blank as to what to prepare for dinner? Don’t worry here is something for you to drool over!

You will need: pancetta, porcini, garlic, onion, celery, carrots, parsley and sausage.

1. Heat the olive oil over a high heat until almost smoking. Then add the pancetta, porcini, garlic, onion, celery, carrots, parsley and sausage.

2. Cook over a high heat until the sausage is a little browned and the vegetables are tender.

3. Add half a glass of red wine. When it has evaporated, put the tomatoes and the pepper in the pan. Mix it all together and simmer over a low heat for about 30 minutes.

4. Meanwhile, cook the gnocchi in a large pan of boiling salted water, for about 2-3 minutes, until they rise to the surface.

5. Let them fry in a pan with butter (see photo above).

6. Once the sauce is nice and thick, put the gnocchi in a plate and cover with the sauce.

7. Top with freshly grated parmesan cheese and serve.

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A day in Rome

People say that no other city can compare to Rome’s legacy. It may no longer be referred to as the caput mundi (capital of the world), but it is an extraordinary visual testimony of the long gone Roman Empire.

During my stay, I was constantly looking out for the remains of the antique era. I was never disappointed, they are everywhere and mostly integrated to the contemporary architecture. In 5 days, I was hooked.

Rome has an impressive range of beautiful monuments such as the Pantheon, the Colosseum, the Forum, the Farnese Palace, St Peter (although technically part of the Vatican). I could go on and on, but it is true Rome is not only about sightseeing. To make the most of one’s trip, enjoying the different aspects of the city is a must, Gastronomy clearly being a huge part.

Running around the streets of Rome, you may don’t know where to go in between your visits to rest and indulge yourself.

Here are a few suggestions for a day out:

Lunch – Pizza Forum, 34 Via S. Giovanni in Laterano.

Although the place’s design is not its best advocate, the food is really good and price-friendly. Perfect for a little lunch after visiting the Forum, Colloseum and Constantin’s arch (which are basically located right off the restaurant’s street.) This is where I tasted amazing Gnocchi al pomodoro.

Coffee and shopping – Fleur, 46 Via Bocca di Leone.

This little cafe boutique is located just 2 minutes from the magnificent Piazza di Spagna. It is definitely worth sitting down and have a delightful Italian coffee. They come with local treats and the place looks gorgeous!

Dinner – Blanco, 21 Via della Croce.

The very trendy and all white bar/restaurant is excellent, and serves amazing cocktails. This is where I tasted the gnochetti with Gorgonzola and asparagus. Its location is very convenient, since it is minutes away from the beautiful piazza del Popolo, and the  nice places to go out.

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Palermitana sauce

From my trip to Rome, the last dish I remember trying was the “Fusilli Palermitana”. Although I had no clue what it would taste like, its description was mouth-watering.

Pasta with a vegetable medley of aubergine, courgette, pepper onions, cherry tomatoes, basil and pomodoro. How could anything  go wrong? Indeed, it was delicious and I automatically thought about trying it out with gnocchi.

Gnocchi palermitana would make a perfect dish to accompany a  Chianti wine. Let’s call our friends and set up a dinner party, we are cooking tonight!

Palermitana sauce:

1. First of all, chop slices of aubergine, courgette, pepper onions. Put them in a pan with olive oil, and let them cook until they become tender.

2. Add the tomato passata, the chopped basil and tomatoes, the oregano and the olives. You can already smell Italy in your kitchen!

3. Finally, add a little white wine to the sauce. Let the wine evaporate over a medium heat.

4. Cook the gnocchi in a large pan of boiling salted water, for about 2-3 minutes, until they rise to the surface.  Let them fry in a pan before putting them in a plate.

5.  Cover the gnocchi with the sauce.

6. To give the final presentation a typical Italian touch, sprinkle some flat Italian Parsley on each plate.

… Don’t forget the chianti. Dinner is ready!

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Gnochetti with asparagus & gorgonzola sauce

In Rome all mighty, the picturesque scenery is a delight for the eyes.

However, walking around in a timeless city such as this one  comes with its pains and blisters. When that comes up, it is time to stop and have a bite.

Between la Piazza del Popolo and la Piazza di Spagna, you’ll find:

– A classy Italian ambiance, which will make you relive Audrey Hepburn’s “Roman Holiday”.

–  Nice restaurants and coffee shops. (See next posts for addresses and directions!)

These two facts make it the perfect place to chill. That is exactly what we did, and that is where I come across the most amazing/ surprising dish ever.

I got the recipe: Here it is!

– Gnochetti with asparagus and gorgonzola cheese –

1. Cook the gnocchi in a large pan of boiling salted water, for about 2-3 minutes, until they rise to the surface.

2. Put the onions, parsley and garlic in a frying pan with the olive oil.   After about 5 minutes, the onions should be tender and ready.  Reduce heat to medium.

3. Add the gnocchi to the onions in the frying pan . After a minute or so, put the gorgonzola and asparagus. Leave it to cook for 3 minutes and toss gently.

3. Add a little salt and pepper. When you are done, the sauce should be nice and thick, and the gnocchi well coated.

4. Put the cooked gnocchi in a dish. Tadaah, it’s ready!

Tip: You can add a little  grated Parmesan cheese on top. As I said before, it makes all the effort even more worth it.

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Gnocchi and mediterranean aroma

According to Chef Loic Malfait, when serving Gnocchi you should always think of paying tribute to the  Mediterranean diet.

There are so many combinations one can make.

Bell peppers, green onions, beats, cabbages, and of course tomatoes, are the substantial veggies.

Fresh, fragrant dill, basil, peppermint, and other herbs are always a must. Don’t forget the olive oil, Italian food doesn’t taste the same without it.

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Gnocchi – There is more to it!

Although we all know about the potato based consistency of gnocchi, you may be surprised as to know that there is more to it.

Indeed, there are 3 different kinds!

Here is Chef Loic Malfait telling you more about it…

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