A taste of what’s to come: criscioletta di Cascio

As mentioned in the previous post, we’ll be in for a change of scenery when we head out to Tuscany for some food festivals, and here’s a taste of what to expect. Criscioletta, a specialty exclusive to Cascio (Lucca), is a very thin pancake made with corn flour, durum wheat flour, and water. Cooked between 2 steel plates, the flat rounds are embellished with pancetta to produce a very tasty snack. I found this youtube video and couldn’t help but mentally reach for a bottle of Sangiovese (at 10am!) as I watched this, so I hope to remember to take photos of all the action while we’re there!

Video credit: Mauro Bertoncini’s Cottura Criscioletta

Weather update: this will be the year that everyone (by now) will have wondered what the heck happened to summer. We were doing just fine a few days ago at 28°C, but now we’re back down in the lower digits and it hasn’t changed since this morning.

Temperature 7.24.2014

Dining al fresco: breakfast, lunch, dinner & merenda

While our neighbors come and go on their respective summer holidays (it seems that when one family returns, another one takes off), we take advantage of good weather days by eating outdoors whenever the mood hits. Lazy weekend breakfasts, quick and easy lunches, picnic dinners, and best of all, a late afternoon merenda (snack) with a glass of wine and a plate of nibbles. We have a couple of days planned in Tuscany to check out local food festivals, but other than that, we’re fine with the rest of the season looking like this.

Breakfast al fresco
Stonewall Kitchen pancakes, cappuccino, greek yogurt, fresh fruit, and canadian maple syrup!

Teddy Bear Picnic Day 2014
Freeze-n-serve mojito, gazpacho, bbq ribs, farro salad and chocolate-hazelnut tart.

Merenda al fresco

Piromàfo made from 100% Negramaro grapes. The name, of Greek origin, literally means “fire fighter”. From the website: The local population uses this word to indicate heat-refracting soil. The name of the grape Negroamaro has very old origins; it seems to be composed from the link of two words, niger and mavro, one in Latin and the other in Greek, that in both languages have the same meaning black or dark, just like the colour of the wine. Pair with roasts, game, raw shellfish. Very good also at the end of a meal as a meditation wine.