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29 May 2014

Bloody orange Sunrise

Photograph Bloody orange Sunrise by Alessio Fangano on 500px

A heavenly mix of blood orange juice, ouzo & rum with the spicy touch of jalapeno and the brininess of green olives. It is simply perfect garnished with a little cilantro... What a treat! Get the recipe here:

28 May 2014

Night at Ponte Vecchio I

Photograph Night at Ponte Vecchio I by Alessio Fangano on 500px

When the weather is fair and the air still warm from the late summer breezes, it is the perfect time to have a night stroll around Florence. The traffic has quiet down, all is calm... Even the Arno river looks like made of glass.

27 May 2014

The loneliness of knowing more

Photograph The loneliness of knowing more by Alessio Fangano on 500px

I have never approached Dante's monument from this angle before, until my last trip to Florence. I was surprised to see how all his defiance and stern gaze gave foot to a more subtle and melancholic demeanor. Even the eagle seems somewhat sad. Knowledge will make you free but perhaps, a little lonely too.

26 May 2014

Going through Certaldo

Photograph Going through Certaldo by Alessio Fangano on 500px

Sometimes a light shines even in the darkest alley and if you are in Tuscany, that light will radiate the warmth of terracotta bricks. It is Monday, the sun will soon shine again...

25 May 2014

The cathedral bell tower in Lucca

Photograph The cathedral bell tower in Lucca by Alessio Fangano on 500px

If you are visiting Tuscany, a stop in Lucca is simply a must. This little town is simply swimming in art and charisma from the old ages.

24 May 2014

In the Cloister

Photograph In the Cloister by Alessio Fangano on 500px

The church of Santa Maria Novella must have the most beautiful cloister of downtown Florence. Just the most perfect place to chek on your FB account, right?

23 May 2014

Old timey Florence

Photograph Old timey Florence by Alessio Fangano on 500px

Last autumn I had a great trip in my old home town of Florence. This time the aim was to capture it with my camera and I am still editing those fiules.... When it comes to the Duomo and its famous cupola, it is hard to create something new so I dared a little in this picture of mine. I hope will like it.

22 May 2014

Alone with my thoughts

Photograph Alone with my thoughts by Alessio Fangano on 500px

When a day starts badly or in a very hectic way, I really wish I could be on the sea shores alone with my thought....and a coffee ;)

21 May 2014

Pork stew with cumin, peas, arugula and dark chocolate

We all know how well dark chocolate goes with pork, right? For this reason, when I was developing my "Cooking with Chocolate" class, I decided to feature a pork stew as the meat-course of the evening. To have the best end result, I needed a cut of pork that would stay moist during braising and that didn't require that long to cook (time limitations are unfortunately paramount in hands-on cooking classes). I resorted then to my favorite cut: pork shoulder. I really love its balance of fatty richness and lean tender meat. I usually find it in the form of steaks and oftentimes, I simply love to pan sear them and then smother in strong extra virgin olive oil and zingy lemon juice or better even, lemon salt. A treat for those nights when I am too bored to cook anything more involved.
In the recipe I developed for the cooking class, I decided to use the earthy aroma of roasted cumin as the spice of choice to lace this stew. I chose peas to be the vegetable component since I wanted a little more sweetness in the final dish, beside they pair greatly with cumin.
The dish needed a little vibrancy though and so, to keep it simple but still flavorful, I decided to add some arugula to it. I really like the peppery and slight bitter notes of this leafy green, it really cuts through the richness of the stew.

Dark chocolate is a great ingredient for savory dishes and I really had fun coming up with recipes featuring it like the one I am proposing you today.

20 May 2014

Cultural chains

Photograph Cultural chains by Alessio Fangano on 500px

Sometimes what really catches your eye are these small urban details. This chains were shot in Siracusa right in front of the famous antique drama school INDA.

18 May 2014

Paccheri with Pomodorini and marinated Red Onion

Photograph Paccheri with Pomodorini and marinated Red Onion by Alessio Fangano on 500px

For my upcoming cooking class I wanted to create a recipe that would highlight the sweet richness of Paccheri pasta. As it is often the case, simple is best, when you have such great pasta to start with.

17 May 2014

Seine Rive Droite

Photograph Seine Rive Droite by Alessio Fangano on 500px

Everyday parisian life, with its commotion and traffic jam so much so that even the tourists boats seem stuck in traffic.

16 May 2014

The Rising Rose

Photograph The Rising Rose by Alessio Fangano on 500px

It is the weekend and what best to enjoy the sun than a nice rose scented Martini? Find the recipe here:

15 May 2014

St. Paul on Siracuse cathedral

Photograph St. Paul on Siracuse cathedral by Alessio Fangano on 500px

Outside Siracusa's cathedral photographing one of its guardians: St Paul. I find the play of volumes between the church facade and the statue quite intriguing.

14 May 2014

Night with Cosimo I

Photograph Night with Cosimo I by Alessio Fangano on 500px

The antique stone architectures that punctuate Florence are only more charming at nightwhen they are so masterfully lit.

13 May 2014

Walls of Certaldo

Photograph Walls of Certaldo by Alessio Fangano on 500px

A typical view of an old Tuscan town. The buildings red-brick walls imbue the street with such warmth that you can't help but fall in love.

12 May 2014

Tuileries Gardens

Photograph Tuileries Gardens by Alessio Fangano on 500px

A sunny day in Paris simply calls for a stroll in one of its many gardens. The Tuileries gardens, in front of the Louvre are an amazing place to do sight and people seeing beside catching some color.

11 May 2014

Pink spring

In this gloomy day, a cheery bunch of pink cherry blossoms is all that I needed to see and share with you all.

Castagnaccio - Tuscan chestnut "cake"

Chestnut flour is still an unusual ingredient in our kitchens, unfortunately.
To mill chestnut into flour, they are first dried over wood fire and this imparts the resulting product with a delicate and distinctive smoky aroma that make this flour pretty unique.
Being a nut´s flour, it doesn't contain gluten and so it is an useful ingredient for gluten-free pantries.
In Italy, chestnut flour is a traditional ingredient of the center-north portion of the peninsula. In Tuscany, notably, chestnut flour is used in a savory-sweet cake called Castagnaccio (castagna being the Italian for chestnut).
This cake is usually enriched with flavorful extra-virgin olive oil, pine nuts and rosemary but the main variation point in local recipes revolve around the use of cocoa powder in it.
Chestnut flour, with its deep rich sweet and smoky aromas, is just a perfect companion to chocolate and the use of a little cocoa powder in the Castagnaccio can only do it good, in my opinion.
I personally, simply adore rosemary in my Castagnaccio. When baked to crispy perfection, this herb lends its heady green-field aromas to this earthy densely satisfying cake; a perfect reminder of Tuscan sunbathed fields.
Try it once, and you will be hooked. You have been warned!

10 May 2014

Funky wall in Lyon

Photograph Funky wall in Lyon by Alessio Fangano on 500px

Have you ever seen such an interesting wall?? I wonder what was behind it once...

9 May 2014

Saveurs Partagées

Photograph Saveurs Partagées by Alessio Fangano on 500px

The best meals are those shared among friends. This restaurant in Lyon promises good times!

8 May 2014

Green snow

Photograph Green snow by Alessio Fangano on 500px

Winter is back in town, at least it is here in Bonn. It reminds me of the time I visited a snow-covered Paris only, we have no snow in Bonn now ;)

7 May 2014

Vestigial remnants

Photograph Vestigial remnants by Alessio Fangano on 500px

The fascinating Ainay abbey in Lyon dates back to the XIth century. This stone sculpture, dating from around the same epoch, represents the Beheading of St John. I find the red decorative tiling to be simply enchanting...

6 May 2014

St Peter in St Nizier - Lyon

Churches are an endless source of inspiration for me, especially if they are in the Gothic style. This church, St Nizier, is in central Lyon and it is definitely worth a visit.

5 May 2014

Marine still life with net

Wondering around on a long beach is the perfect this to do when you want to think or you are looking for some inspiration. This shot was taken in Sicily on the southern shore facing Africa.

4 May 2014

Pink petals 1

When is pink allround you, even your balcony gets coverd by a fluffly pink blanket of petals. This was shot mid March, a fresh touch of early spring.

1 May 2014

Sicilian Beef involtini with Mint and Pecorino cheese

This must be one my favorite recipe of the ones I developed on 2013. It is a take on rich and satisfying Sicilian flavors but with techniques that recall the central European cuisine.
I originally created this recipe for a dinner party of 20 with included cooking class. The menu had to express the Sicilian palette of flavors at its fullest but, naturally, use ingredients I could find locally.
In Italy though, involtini are usually prepared with tender cuts of meat that require little cooking but here in Germany, the only sliced beef I find is pretty tough since it is supposed to be used for Rouladen (braised involtini). Making of necessity a virtue, I decided to braise the involtini in sweet yellow onion.
The involtini were filled with a mixture of young Pecorino cheese called "primo sale" (first salting) in Italian, fresh mint leaves and lemon zest; a play on the fresh and earthy notes of Sicilian landscape.
The end result was simply amazing to me.
The flavor of the Pecorino cheese perfectly melded with the light caramelized onions and dry white wine used as braising liquid. The involtini were tender but with still some bite to them and the fresh notes of the lemon zest and mint really helped cutting through the richness of each bite.
A dish that I could really eat almost every day!