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  1. ambra

    Dinner 2021

    Our last Lombard outing was in Franciacorta, where they do classic-method sparkling wine. I needed to visit a winery client for work so we added in a tasting and then ate at Lake Iseo. Though they do serve lake fish, this is what we ate. 😃 Pasta with lobster, mixed seafood, whole-roasted turbot and mixed fried stuff. Last pic: A Franciacorta vineyard in all its glory. A welcome gray day because it was super hot.
  2. ambra

    Dinner 2021

    @Kim ShookSo sorry about fall, I hope she feels better! And happy belated birthday!
  3. ambra

    Dinner 2021

    You will love it and Italy needs tourists! If you need any recommendations, let me know!
  4. ambra

    Dinner 2021

    My son made cottage pie on one of the cooler days here. Another day we made shrimp with angel hair.
  5. ambra

    Dinner 2021

    Back to Tuscany. 😀
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    Dinner 2021

    Fab! I want to go here when I'm next in Germany!
  7. ambra

    Dinner 2021

    We are moving from Milan in a few weeks time so have been doing some day trips to places we wanted to see before leaving. We went up into the Lombard mountains above Lecco one day and ate in a typical Italian bar that happened to have homemade ravioli. Hamburgers are a thing now in Italy, so I figured I was safe eating them since the ravioli menu featured ingredients I don't like. The ones pictured are made with deer. Imagine my horror when I got a microwaved burger that had been put on the panini press. It was inedible. My fault, I know. Served with pretty good wine though. I'm a huge fan of Inferno. Not so much Sfursat (I don't love wines made from dried grapes). All followed by homemade strudel (delicious) with unidentified caramel sauce (?) and a homemade, quite unpleasant, genziana liqueur. Better luck for me on next day trip to Lago di Garda. When we are not in a pandemic, I go to Vinitaly every year for work. We went to one of my favorite places to to go to down the lake during the fair, and had fabulous food and views. I had pan-fried faraona (guinea fowl, but the Italian names sounds better! 😃) With chanterelle mushrooms and sauteed bitter greens. There was also a filet and a mixed grill at my table, as well as paccheri with shrimp and zucchini. Followed by tableside crepes suzette and homemade baba. Places are Sirmione and Desenzano del Garda.
  8. ambra

    Dinner 2021

    We went out for pizza the other night and our table ordered the "giro pizza" menu. Not sure what it's called in the US! Where they bring you meter-long pizzas of all different types until you are full. We were in the 'burbs of Milan where they like thick-crust pizza. This was thicker than I normally like, but not as the thick as they usually do here. So here we've got mortadella and pistachio, very popular here now. Then anchovy (it was terrible), vegetarian, pear and gorgonzola (This was the best of the night followed by the mortadella one) and finally sausage and rabe.
  9. ambra

    Dinner 2021

    I LOVE, love, love my Zalto glasses, but they are so delicate, I'm always afraid to use them because we are so clumsy. I can break something just looking at it. 😃 I first learned about them years ago when visiting Benanti on Mount Etna. We did a side-by-side tasting with "normal" glasses and Zalto and everyone at my tasting rushed home and bought them. 😅
  10. ambra

    Dinner 2021

    I've been doing a lot of kabobs lately, inspired mostly by this thread! These are lamb, served with tzatziki and a big salad with lettuce, tomato, kirby cucumbers, carrots, celery, olives, mushroom, onion, red pepper, assorted seeds and sprouts (I have a weird obsession with sprouts lately!) This is a sort of salmon Nicoise, again with the sprouts. And this last is "Melanzane Mimosa". Basically grilled eggplant with eggs and a vinaigrette made with some anchovy.
  11. Coming in here late. Of course there is no hard and fast rule, but I personally feel it’s really difficult to generalize. I know someone said this, but often picky eaters as kids can grow up to be picky eaters as adults, can’t they? I have known kids who grew up saying, “Nothing green on my plate!” to saying the same thing at age 30. I am a mother, and tried the “Eat it or starve” route but I am sure other parents can agree that it doesn’t actually work! My kid will definitely not eat and skip dinner if he doesn’t like something. I remember as a child, thinking spaghetti and broccoli was the best thing ever. I tried to get my son to eat it and he threw it up all over the table and pretty much won’t eat anything cruciferous, even if it means going to bed hungry. So yea we can try to “train” their palates, but tastes are tastes. At the same time, I think we are also sometimes guilty of thinking “Oh the kids won’t eat that, let’s make them chicken fingers!” And it kind of becomes habit and palates get “trained” to easy foods. I remember my husband taking our toddler son (at the time) out to lunch at a fish restaurant and ordering him tortellini (a kid favorite in Italy) because he “knew” he’d eat and didn’t want to go sightseeing with a hungry kid. But when my husband’s spaghetti and clam sauce arrived, my son ate the whole dish and my husband ended up with the tortellini. That said, this same kid will eat through an entire container of liver or spleen pate as well as wild boar and other game, all fish, including anchovies or smoked, lardo, all kinds of smelly cheeses, many different cuisines, and is thoroughly offended at the thought of a kid’s menu. He eats a vast array of foods yet, I still consider him a picky eater. And I, like many other parents, try to constantly get him to taste new things and dare I say, change his tastes (a few more vegetables in his diet sure wouldn’t hurt.) Is this thread only about China (just delete this part if so)? If anyone is interested in what goes on in Italy, it changes up and down the entire boot and across people’s homes. So no chance to generalize. I’ve been to people’s homes in Sicily where the kids eat first – fried cutlets and fries – and are sent off to play while the parents eat the “real” food. Whereas I’ve never been to a home in Tuscany where the children ate something different and weren’t expected to sit “composed” at the table until they were “excused.” P.S. This is of course my personal experience with my kid. I was never a mother in the US, only Italy. But I was a kid in the US and we ate the adult food and that’s what I try to do with my son as much as possible.
  12. ambra

    Dinner 2021

    Some gorgeous pizza lately on this thread! We tried making LA-style Korean barbecue. It did not suck at all. 😃 Then there was some yaki soba. And finally some pasta al forno with meat sauce and béchamel (leftover from making Lasagne food gifts for my MIL).
  13. ambra

    Dinner 2021

    I guess you can't really tell from the picture, but this is Gnocchi alla Sorrentina (basically gnocchi in tomato sauce with melty mozzarella on top). There is too much mozzarella because I had 200 grams so I guess you can't see the gnocchi through the cheese! 😜 We made some wonton soup, fried wontons and spring rolls as a rainy day project. This might not be a dish for everyone, but my family loves it. It's a pantry dinner for when you have not done the shopping called Acciugata. It is garlic, oil, hot pepper and melted anchovies basically made the same way you'd make pasta with garlic and oil. You need to take the pasta out early and finish cooking in the flavored oil adding pasta water as needed. And some Vignarola without the pork products.
  14. ambra

    Dinner 2021

    This looks so inviting! I'm going to try to make it this weekend!
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