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The menu for the mountains: nutritious recipes – Italian Cuisine

Delicious sandwiches, rich and nutritious dishes and even some sweets: for those who go to the mountains the menu must be super!

Who has decided to spend his holidays in the mountains he will spend his time walking among the refuges, mountain biking, horseback riding, climbing: all outdoor activities, extremely expensive from an energy point of view. For this reason, the menu for the mountains it must be rich in nutrients, dried fruit and vitamins; but also some "sweetness", which will soon be disposed of! So meals rich in vitamins, sugars and proteins to have enough strength to use in sports and walks, starting from breakfast!

Bread, butter and jam to start

You always deny them the beautiful slices of bread filled with butter and jam homemade (maybe without added sugar). In the mountains, before facing an entire day outdoors, go-ahead for carbohydrates, for an energy boost from early morning. Alternatively fine fresh yogurt with the addition of cereals, dried fruit or mixed fruit salads made of many berries, which contain many anthocyanidins, a pigment useful in slowing down the tumor formations of the skin.

menu for the mountains
menu for the mountains

For lunch, rich and delicious sandwiches

Backpacking and all ready for the trip to the refuge: all day walking on the path and under the sun. In better than a nice sandwich for lunch, stuffed with carne salada, with typical salami, or with grilled vegetables and mountain cheeses. To drink fresh water flavored with lemon or centrifuged fruit and vegetables. Avoid alcohol that in the heat causes excessive dilation of the veins and can lead to collapse. Fruit, freeze-dried or dried, to conclude, before resuming the path of descent.

The snack with the dessert? Well deserved!

Once back at the base, shower and a healthy snack to make up for the energy spent. Fresh juices to rebalance the lost liquids, and then go ahead for a dessert, be it a slice of jam tart, a chocolate cake or one apple strudel. Don't let the anxiety of lurking calories take you: keep in mind that a 3-hour walk at altitude will make you burn almost 2000 calories. So rest assured!

At dinner delicious first courses or succulent second courses

Even for the third most important meal of the day let yourself be tempted by dishes that you would not normally eat except on special occasions! A day in the open air carrying out demanding physical activity made you consume more calories than you could imagine .. So take advantage of first courses of lasagna or second courses based on meat, such as a roast, a stew or even polenta with cheeses: the evening temperatures in the mountains allow it!

In the tutorial some suggestions for refueling for long walks

In Lombardy between lake (Iseo), a small Rome, mountains and pyramids – Italian Cuisine

In Lombardy between lake (Iseo), a small Rome, mountains and pyramids

In this all-Italian summer, the mountain will have its redemption. Here, we take you to discover the less traveled paths of Lombardy, which start from the most scenic lake and arrive at the top (where it is said you see the Madonnina), passing through reserves of fallow deer and cheeses in the farmhouse. And between an Aventine villa and a San Pietro square, the pyramids also emerge

It will not be as big as Lake Garda, "noble" as the Maggiore (and its historic villas), famous all over the world as the Lario (Lake Como), made even more prestigious by Alessandro Manzoni first and then George Clooney. Yet trust me: that ofIseo is perhaps the most scenic lake in all of Lombardy.

The Iseo lake

It is located halfway between Brescia and Bergamo, and if you arrive from the latter just before you pass another lake, the one Endine: very small yes, but just as delicious. Its best feature is that it remained naturally intact, that is, well set among valleys, woods and mountains that are reflected in its waters, without too many bricks or cement around it. In winter it is common for the surface to freeze, and that the locals enjoy walking and skating on it (with what courage it is not known, if you want to try, we recommend that you inform yourself first about the ice conditions).

Bossico, the "little Rome"

After passing Endine, in the direction of Lovere, you will arrive straight on the shores of Lake Iseo. Our advice, however, is not to stop here and go up – literally – along the road that leads to Bossico (Bg), an almost unknown mountain resort, but very welcoming, and from which you can enjoy a wonderful view of the lake below. And not only.

Defined – certainly with a little boldness – little Rome, Bossico has a square called San Pietro, a church dedicated to Saints Peter and Paul, a via Roma, and above all historic villas built between the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and called with names related to Rome capital city: Celio, Quirinale, Vatican, Pincio, Aventino, Campidoglio; plus others dedicated to the history of Giuseppe Garibaldi: Caprera, Suello, Villa Glori … The reason is easy to say: precisely by virtue of its enchanting panoramic position on Lake Iseo, in the second half of the 19th century Bossico became a holiday resort particularly appreciated from above local bourgeoisie, who built villas here by naming them with Roman and Risorgimento names, in honor of their patriotic ideals (with all due respect to the League today).

In Bossico you stay comfortably both at theMiralago hotels both at theHotel Al Milano, both centrally located, with free parking and a good restaurant.

The area is an excellent starting point for excursions: the Bossico plateau boasts 50 kilometers of pleasant paths and paths (excellent for practicing Nordic walking, but also to splash in e-bikes and mountain bikes), two large picnic areas, one fallow deer reserve, and offers truly wonderful views of the two lakes below (Iseo and d'Endine, in fact), Monte Isola (the lake island in the middle of the lake), the adjacent valleys and the Presolana mountain range. The most beautiful walk is the one that goes all the way Mount Colombina (1459 meters within everyone's reach), which you will recognize from the cross on the top. There you will also find a notebook of the summit on which to leave your signature. The gaze from above will embrace the Orobie, the Camonica Valley, the Po Valley. On particularly clear days it is said that you can even spot the glitter of the Madonnina in Milan, but honestly we have not seen that (all the rest yes).

In general, the first Sunday of August takes place in Bossico Potato bread festival: The courtyards of the houses in the historic center open to the public and for the occasion the (old) wood-fired ovens (where traditional potato bread is cooked according to an ancient recipe, handed down for generations, with flour, water , yeast, salt and boiled potatoes, strictly zero kilometer, because those of Bossico are reputed to be particularly tasty and are also grown today in the gardens and fields of the plateau. Visitors are therefore allowed to observe how this bread is kneaded, baked and baked, and in the end also to taste it. It is an appointment that we once recommend that you participate, even if unfortunately this year there will not be due to the ongoing health emergency.

To do, however, also this year, enjoy one of the (many) traditional cheeses produced in the area farms (there are four): here the milk is not processed as in a dairy, there are no protocols, precision instruments. Everything is done by hand, and by eye, following only patience, experience and instinct. And as it tells us Patrizia Gandini of the Pro Loco Office: «Every gesture repeats itself always the same and always different, because raw milk is a living food and the days are never the same. This is why the flavors of the cheeses of the Bossico plateau are unique, because they are made with craftsmanship, tradition, passion and good nature, and in every cheese – from the most seasoned to ricotta or cheese – you can also savor the emotions and scents of the mountain and the lake .

In making cheeses on the farm, every gesture is always repeated the same and different, because raw milk is a living food and the days are never the same. This is why the flavors of the cheeses of the Bossico plateau are unique

A tour of Monte Isola

After having admired it so much from above, going back to the lake, you cannot stop at Monte Isola, the largest lake island in Europe, and which is located right in the center of Lake Iseo. It was made famous in 2016 by the installation The Floating Piers by the artist Christo, who recently passed away, and which consisted of a "floating walkway on the lake" that connected the islands of Monte Isola and the nearby (and very small) San Paolo to the mainland (municipality of Sulzano). To get to Monte Isola today the departure is always from Sulzano only that the lake is commonly crossed by ferry. The complete tour of the island is 9 kilometers, to be traveled safely on foot or by bicycle, and being careful only to avoid reckless people local vespists (on the other hand, there are no machines here). The walk is easy, apart from a few steeper sections to the south and which tests the breath of cyclists above all. Here and there there are very beautiful views, especially in front of the islet (with castle) of Loreto. All 'Hostaria Milago of Peschiera Maraglio (where the ferry docks) you eat excellent lake fish with super views.

The pyramids of Zone

But there is still something little known and very suggestive that we want to point out in the area. In the area of ​​the municipality of Zone, 14 kilometers from Sulzano (we are on the Brescia side of Lake Iseo), there is a Park with real pyramidsi.e. absolutely natural (and sometimes very high) stone sculptures formed due to the erosion of the water in contact with the particular terrain of morainic origin of the mountain. We assure you that among these rocks the show is guaranteed, even if in the ascent there will be a little sweat.

Polenta, pizzoccheri & Co. To feel in the mountains – Italian Cuisine

Pizzoccheri with pumpkin and hazelnuts

What is better in winter than enjoy the view of the snowy peaks and the heat of a crackling fireplace? The hut is charming, romantic and enveloping, the best refuge from the cold and wind, where you can bask with a good reading while sipping hot tea. Or where to take a quick break for a "bombardino" between one descent and another.

But the most awaited moment is always the lunch, in which we allow ourselves generous courses based on polenta, pizzocheri, dumplings, Fondue, deer stew, shin… you're already hungry, aren't you?

Preparing for the weekend in the mountains, we start cooking mountain recipes at home!


Pizzoccheri, broccoli and potatoes


Colored polenta with sausage and first salt


Chestnut flour spätzle with artichokes and quail ragout


Beef strips and radicchio with white polenta




Venezian cuttlefish


Traditional venison stew and creamed Gimillan potatoes


Cod creamed in almond milk with polenta


Pizzoccheri with casera and savoy cabbage


Veal cheek with polenta


Gnocchi and gorgonzola liquid polenta


Polenta, lentils, liver mortadella


Mixed sautéed mushrooms and polenta croutons


Pork shanks glazed with Marsala


Valpelline soup


Express raclette


Veal cheek braised in red wine


Taragna polenta and rostisciada


Pizzoccheri with pumpkin and hazelnuts

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