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Homemade Trofie like in Liguria: let's learn the recipe – Italian Cuisine

It is the best known and most appreciated Ligurian pasta. Let's learn how to make it with our hands: three ingredients and a little manual skills are enough

It is one of the most famous dishes of all Liguria, although its origin dates back to a small village on the east coast of Genoa, Sori: le trofie they are a must try for anyone who loves pesto and fresh pasta. And like any type of fresh pasta, they can also be prepared at home. Do you want to try?

An ancient pasta

Trofie are a pasta that Ligurian women have always made at home, thanks to the fact that only three ingredients are needed to prepare them: water, semolina and salt. Once, their particular and elongated shape was obtained with a wooden knitting needle, along which a small piece of dough was rolled up and then crushed with the palm of the hand. Now the production is mostly industrial, with special machinery. Trying to make them at home gives, as always, a very special taste.


Semolina, not flour

The recipe for hand made trofie involves the use of semolina and not flour. But what is the difference between the two? And how do they recognize each other? The flour is the result of the grinding of soft wheat, while the semolina comes from the grinding of durum wheat. The first has a more rounded shape and a more crumbly consistency, while durum wheat has a more elongated shape and is, in fact, harder. The flours deriving from these two grains also show some differences: the first has a whiter color and is softer to the touch, the second instead has a more yellow color and is more grainy.

The recipe for homemade trofie

For 6 people: arrange 400 g of semolina on a fountain table, add a pinch of salt and as much water as you need to have a homogeneous and elastic mixture. Add it little by little. Then work the dough for ten minutes and then let it rest out of the refrigerator for about 30 minutes, covered with a cloth. Then detach some pieces the size of a marble and with the palm of your hand roll the pieces of dough on the pastry board, obtaining twisted dumplings, with the thinner ends of the central part. Throw them in a pot with boiling water and salt and let them cook for 4 minutes and then drain them, keeping a little cooking water, which you will need to dilute the pesto.

Here are our recipes with trofie

Homemade marshmallows – Italian Cuisine

»Homemade marshmallows

First of all, put the isinglass to soak in cold water (85 g) and let it rest like this.

Meanwhile, pour water (80 g), sugar and glucose into a saucepan to prepare the syrup: if you have a kitchen thermometer, you will need to reach a temperature of 115-120 ° C; if you don't have a thermometer for sweets, bring to a boil and let it boil for a few minutes, dip a fork in the syrup and blow gently through the prongs: the syrup will be ready when it swells like a soap bubble.

In the meantime that the syrup reaches the right temperature, you can start whipping the egg whites: when they are whipped until stiff and the syrup is ready, begin to incorporate it flush into the egg whites, continuing to whisk with whips.
Take back the gelatin (which by now should have absorbed all the water), pour it into the saucepan and let it melt completely over low heat, then also incorporate this into the egg whites, always continuing to whisk, and continue to whisk until the meringue has cooled.

At this point, if you want, you can divide the mixture to color a part: a few drops of dye will be enough, because marshmallows are usually pastel in color.

Sift cornstarch and powdered sugar mixing them together.
Pour half of it into a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, then spread the meringue over it (trying to keep the colors separate).
Sift the rest of the cornstarch and sugar mix over the meringue and let it rest for at least 12 hours at room temperature, uncovered.

Take back the pan, remove the mixture from the parchment paper, place it on a cutting board and divide it into cubes.
Sprinkle again with the mix of powders, in order to cover the parts just cut, then shake off the excess.

The homemade marshmallows are ready, you just have to serve them, or use them for your preparations.

Homemade cocktails: a selection of 5 drinks – Italian Cuisine



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Let's say that you are organizing a dinner at your home and that you want to offer your guests with a welcome drink or of end of dinner. A good prosecco or a sip of amaro are always welcome, it is true, but why not surprise them by serving a cocktail? You don't necessarily need to be an expert mixologist or have special tools, just respect the proportions and voilà, that's it … No, the cocktail is done!
We have made a selection of 5 drinks to do at home, what do you think, can we try them?

Let's start with something simple and undemanding from an alcoholic point of view. Hugo is very thirst-quenching and is perfect for an aperitif based on savory dishes such as cured meats, cheeses or canapés.
191455 "src =" https://www.salepepe.it/files/2021/10/hugo-@salepepe.jpg "width =" 210 "style =" float: left;Doses for 2 glasses:
300 ml of Prosecco
4 tablespoons of elderberry syrup
150 ml of sparkling water
10 leaves of mind
Lime or lemon

Begin at stepping on lightly 5 mint leaves in each glass until they release all their scent. At this point paid in each glass 2 tablespoons of elderberry syrup, 150 ml of Prosecco and 75 ml of sparkling water, jumbled up briefly and, if you like, add a few drops of lime or lemon juice to cool.

A classic. The Americano is perfect for an aperitif or a relaxing after dinner. If you want to serve it as an aperitif, we advise you to combine it with platters of cheeses or salami with strong flavors.
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Servings for two glasses:
60 ml of Campari
60 ml of red Vermouth
1 slice of orange
1 lemon

First of all, take a potato peeler, peel the lemon and cut the zest in regular slices. Then, fill a glass (preferably a tumbler) with some ice cubes, about ¾ and pour in each glass 30 ml of Campari and red Vermouth and finish with a splash of soda. Now that your cocktail is ready you can garnish each glass with half a slice of orange and lemon zest.

Gin Tonic with elderberry and grapefruit
191454 "src =" https://www.salepepe.it/files/2021/10/gin-tonic-pompelmo-@salepepe.jpg "width =" 210 "style =" float: left;A balanced and thirst-quenching mix of flavors! To prepare two glasses you will need:
4 glasses of Gin
8 juniper berries
1 pink grapefruit
4 tablespoons of Elderberry syrup
Tonic water

Start from base: put the juniper berries in a paper bag and beat them lightly to release all the aromas, put two in each glass. Then, add 2 tablespoons of elderberry syrup and mix everything. Now that the base is ready add 4 ice cubes in each glass, 2 small glasses of gin and fill the glass with tonic water. Complete the drink with a grapefruit wedge.

Timeless. Elegant.
191459 "src =" https://www.salepepe.it/files/2021/10/martini-@salepepe.jpg "width =" 210 "style =" float: left;Preparation for two glasses:
fill cocktail glasses with ice to cool them. Pour more ice into a mixin-glass for a third of its capacity; add 2 tenths of Martini Dry and 8 tenths of gin and mix. Remove the ice from the cups and throw away the water that, in the meantime, may have formed there. Pour the cocktail into the cups while retaining the ice, add to each cup one or more green olives strung on a stick and serve.

Goodnight Cocktail
The drink dedicated to George Clooney based on vodka, cranberry, lime and ginger. This cocktail is perfect to end a dinner or an evening.
191457 "src =" https://www.salepepe.it/files/2021/10/cocktail-buonanotte-@salepepe.jpg "width =" 210 "style =" float: left;Servings for two glasses:
10 cl of Vodka
6 cl of cranberry juice
8 drops of Angostura Bitters
2 teaspoons of brown sugar
1 cucumber
1 lime
2 pieces of ginger
red currants for garnish

First of all cut the lime into 4 parts and peel the ginger making 2 slices for each glass. Then, remove the peel from the cucumber and set aside 2 strips.
Take two glasses Old Fashioned and crush the lime with 1 teaspoon of sugar, the 2 slices of ginger and 1 of the two strips of cucumber peel.
Now add 5cl of Vodka, 3cl of cranberry juice and 4 drops of Angostura Bitters to each glass. Fill each glass with flaky ice and mix everything together. Decorate the drink with a bunch of blackcurrant and the cucumber slice rolled up on itself.

October 2021
Giulia Ferrari

Posted on 09/10/2021


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