Friday, April 12, 2019

Spring risotto

Despite the weather hasn't made up its mind yet, we are in the spring and some days are getting really warm. To enhance our spring mood we are sharing our lemon and ginger risotto recipe 😋 However we would like to underline how oranges, mandarins and lemons make for great all year long risottos!

By the way, this will be our Easter risotto 😜

Lemon and fresh ginger risotto

For the risotto base and quantities click here, as always any variety of rice  grain will do 😉

  • we love to use lemon, but you are welcome to try the citrus you have access to
  • vegetable stock is better, otherwise, chicken stock
  • for a change, sub the white wine with gin when sautéing the rice
  • a pinch of turmeric adds a great golden hue and wonderful nutritional benefits, but it's optional
  • if you add turmeric don't forget a bit of pepper and 
  • 1 generous spoonful of ricotta cheese, cream cheese, heavy cream or any other mild fresh cheese; vegans: sub with coconut milk 
  • fresh grated ginger (optional) for a full spring flavor 👌

For the carnivores:
you can easily add some flavor by sautéing the rice together with some bacon or Italian speck in the very first phase of your risotto prep.

The procedure is very basic: after sauteing the rice with the gin, you just prepare a regular risotto base. If you wish to, add the turmeric at this point.
After allowing 5 minutes to simmer the stock, as it is fully absorbed by the rice, add the juice of two lemons with their grated zest, or an equal quantity of mandarin or orange juice and grated zest.

As the risotto cooking is complete, add one rich tablespoon of cream cheese, or ricotta cheese, or any mild fresh cheese or coconut milk to allow the absorption of the turmeric.
After stirring well, add a bit of pepper to activate the turmeric, grate some fresh ginger right on top and fold it in.
Let the risotto rest for 5 minutes.

Grate your desired amount of parmesan cheese (optional) and stir well before serving.

You'll be surprised at how wonderfully spring-like this risotto is thanks to its fresh lemon or citrus scent and that nice freshly grated ginger root 😍 

scooter parking under the blooming tree in Turin


You can pair it with a great fruity and richly scented white wine from Piedmont like: Favorita, Gavi, Timorasso or Erbaluce di Caluso. These are some of the wines you can also use to sauté the rice with.
A mild white beer will do too and, if you are into cocktails, even a vermouth 😝, especially if you are making rice patties for your brunch 🙆

gorgeous Art Nouveau Casa La Fleur in Turin

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Tuesday, April 2, 2019

galleria Subalpina

If the number of gallerias could define the cultural level of a city and its flair for art, no doubt Turin would always make the top of the list!

Galleria Subalpina in Piazza Castello

Thursday, March 21, 2019

April in Turin

April always makes a great month to visit Turin: the days are longer and the weather is generous enough to allow you to eat out in the many cozy piazzas and pedestrian streets.

Besides our humongous Easter chocolate eggs, and the endless list of artisan chocolate makers, you should try before the chocolate season ends, there are also other events that make April a good month to visit Torino.

Most events of 2019 happen after Easter. So, if you are planning a visit in the first 3 weeks of April check our suggestions here.

If you tango: just imagine what an experience it is to dance inside the Venaria Royal Palace during the Tango days on April 19th-21st

The Royal Palace of Venaria is Turin's Versailles

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

green risotto

March means green and Saint Paddy's Day 💚 so we are sharing with you one of green rice based dishes: our staple risotto with peas and mint 🙆 
Easy and healthy, it will be feasible virtually everywhere you are in the world, as long as you have access to any kind of white rice, frozen or fresh peas and fresh mint leaves. 
In order to preserve the fresh aroma of the mint and the peas flavor, we recommend you use white wine but, in case you happen to have it handy, a mild white beer will do too... and if worse comes to worse, you can always omit it for a lighter flavor.

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Galleria Umberto I

Turin is magic in many ways but first and foremost in our décor 😎 in fact, we have not only one beautiful Art Nouveau galleria but three!!
Today we are sharing the story of Galleria Umbero I in the Porta Palazzo market area.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Turin University

the historic university building from the 1700
Back in the 2006, a Winter Olympic Games TV ad said 'the whole world comes to Turin', and indeed many famous people have passed through Turin much earlier than 2006, fell in love with our city, chose it to spend a part of their lives and even study here!

Besides an airport - look up for TRN - Turin also has one of the oldest Italian, and of the world, universities!!

Founded in 1404, the current university structure, including the labs, the classrooms and all the offices are spread out from the 1700 Rectorate building, in downtown Via Po, to many mini campuses that reach out as far the Turin's suburb.

Unlike North American and British universities, Turin doesn't have just one whole area devoted to the university, because this one has grown over the centuries following the city's life and it urban developments.
Each school or college has its own library, located in its own building or mini campus; the university dorms are also spread out all over Turin to be located nearby the different schools or colleges.

Generally speaking, when referring to the University of Turin, the locals mean 2 institutions: the Liberal Arts School, located near Mole Antonelliana and Via Po and Politecnico where the Engineering and Architecture Schools have their administration.

Monday, February 11, 2019

aphrodisiac risotto

For this Valentine's Day we are sharing one of our risotto recipes: THE aphrodisiac risotto to help you friends get in the right mood 😉

Many of you already know about the benefits of ginger, a powerful root that has been used for centuries in China.
Being related to cardamom and turmeric, ginger has anti-inflammatory properties that make it an ideal natural remedy for nausea (during pregnancy and chemotherapy too), cold, flu and help digestion, thus stimulating appetite... 
It is also very good for people who regularly exercise because it reduces muscle pain. On top, it helps lowering blood sugars - making it a great anti-diabetic - and cholesterol, it is one of the oldest pain reliefs and it helps burning fats too!
According to some studies ginger protects the brain from Alzheimer and the body from infections.