Sunday, January 23, 2011

Everything Elderflower 2: Elderflower liqueur

Winter 2011 is cold, it snowed for a couple of days and I'm snowed in, hopefully tomorrow I'll be able to get out of here!
Spring and Summer colours, smells and flavours have a great appeal when everything outside is cold and silent snow, so here's my Elderflower liqueur recipe: smells of Spring perfect for Winter consumption! :)
First of all you need to collect and dry your elderflowers, you can see how I do this here.
Once you have the flowers you need:

50/60 big elderflower heads
2 lemons
300 gr of sugar
450 gr of 95º alcohol
550 gr of water
(If you can't find 95º alcohol use a strong Vodka and reduce the amount of water accordingly)
Make a syrup by boiling the water and sugar for 1 minute.
Mix the syrup, alcohol, juice of the 2 lemons and the "leftover" rind in a glass jar that you can close tightly.
Leave in a warm place for 6/7 weeks.
Drain, discard the lemon rinds and filter the flowers using a clean cloth. "Wash" the flowers with 100 gr of alcohol and filter again squeezing as much as you can.
Add a syrup made with 100 gr of water and 50 gr of sugar.
Let rest for 4 months minimum (1 year is better).

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Alimentare in Cagli

Alimentare opened in Cagli on August 5th 1999, a place to buy or taste the best foods and beverages from Le Marche.
It's a shop where you can buy amazing cheeses and salamis, yummy sauces and preserves, the best pastas; it's a wine shop with the best local and Italian wines (and artisan beers); it's a friendly café for a coffee or an aperitivo; it's a restaurant for home-made lunches made with local quality ingredients.

Ketti and Ale will help you choose the right product and cuddle you with their recipes and attentions. Visit their brand new website.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Pesaro Urbino Le Marche Discover Test and Live

The Province of Pesaro & Urbino presented today "Pesaro Urbino Le Marche ONTDEK, PROEF EN BELEEF" a small guide of the Province in Dutch.
You can download it here

Saturday, January 08, 2011

Preparing cooking classes for 2011

 We will start offering cooking classes at Locanda della Valle Nuova!

At the moment I'm planning, studying and experimenting and more information will be available soon.
The photo below (Piadina a flat bread that is typical in the coastal area of Northern Le Marche and neighbouring Romagna) is part of the process, I'll post more soon.

Please leave your suggestions below if you wish.