Thursday, October 27, 2011

The Crucifix attributed to Michelangelo - Basilica Santo Spirito

Last week I visited the Basilica of Santo Spirito to view The Crucifix attributed to Michelangelo. Michelangelo sculptured the crucifix at the young age of 16. To thank the Augustines situated in the monastery on the left side of the facade for allowing him to study the corpses in the churches morgue. The work was completed around 1492. Other important work inside the church by Filippino Lippi and Ghirlandaio

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Ravioli pockets with sole, potato and chick pea

Serves 4 Ingredients Pasta: 1 1/2 cups of whole wheat flour 2 eggs 1 teaspoon of himalayan salt Extra plain flour for flouring dough Filling: 4 potato's 300g sole Sauce: 100g Salted Luprak Butter 15 fresh sage leaves Fish Broth allow to boil for 40minutes: Bones and scraps from sole 2 carrots 1 zucchini 1 potato 3 small spring onion bay leaf sage Method Pasta: On a flat surface pour flour in a mound and make a crater in its centre. Place eggs and salt. Begin working the mixture kneading with the flats of your hands until dough is smooth and elastic. Add lukewarm water when dough is dry to assist in forming your dough. Pace dough through pasta machine to form thin layers of pasta. Use a glass or ravioli cutter to make 40 circles. Filling: Steam potato and sole. Blend together with Chickpea, EVO, black pepper, himalayan salt, sesame oil and a sprinkle of Nanami Togarashi Japanese spice Add a teaspoon of filling to each circle. Close pockets using a fork on edges. Add butter and sage leaves to a small pan, once butter has melted move away from heat and blend sage leaves with butter by stirring briskly. Boil ravioli in fish broth for 3 minutes add ravioli to butter and sage blend with a ladle or two of fish broth. Remove sage leaves to serve.

O'Cafè via dei Bardi 58r, 50125 Firenze

One of my favorite afternoon cafè stops is O'Cafe. Part of the Golden View Restaurant the cafe serves great coffee and a fantastic selection of fresh pastries that include petit size cassata, cannoli, rum baba and sfoglie. The perfect place for a cafe stop with a taste of Sicilian and Napolitan delightful desserts bite sized so you don't feel like you have to climb the stairs of Piazzale Michelangelo to trim off the calories !! Do not miss the current exhibition of local photographer Lorenzo Poccianti

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Gucci Museo

Piazza della Signoria 10, 50100 Firenze Tel: +39 055. 75923300 www.gucci.com After a slice of Schiacciata on Via dei Neri I walked into the Tourist Information point inside Palazzo Vecchio to pick up free disposable cup to enjoy some free sparkling water from the fresh cold fountain situated by Biancone (statue of Neptune) in the Piazza della Signoria. Unfortunately the free cups are only supplied during the summer months. As I walked out of the Palazzo Vecchio I noticed the new 'Gucci Museo' was open. The cafe is was great along with the sugar in forms of the Gucci symbol a stylish touch! You can also enjoy lunch at the Gucci Caffe starters, first and second course from around 6-15 euro per plate.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Osteria del Teatro Cortona

One of my most favorite restaurants in Tuscany. It has been years since I ate at Osteria del Teatro in Cortona. It has remainded as fabulous as ever. Well worth briskly walking past the many 'mediocre' restaurants along the main streets take a five minute walk past Teatro Signorelli and turn right on to Via Maffei. Wonderful seasonal menu with all hand made pasta made fresh each day. Charming staff and excellent wine selection. Don't miss this dining experience. Open for lunch and dinner About 20 Euro per person for lunch About 35 Euro per person for dinner with out wine