Tuscan atmosphere, people and cuisine leave no one cold. I'm completely smitten with the simplicity and amazing flavors of Tuscan cooking. During the vacation in the Tuscan countryside and Florence, we had lots of incredible food and wine. These are some of my favorite food memories from Tuscany.
A simple breakfast with croissant, homemade apricot jam and cappuccino or homemade espresso (Moka). Lunch is often soup or pasta. Tuscan vegetable and white bean soup (Ribollita) and handmade thick pasta with wild boar sauce (Pici al ragu di cinghiale). The best street food are sandwiches with good quality meat and cheese, and of course the world famous Italian ice cream (Gelato). We made lots of food at home too. Marinated artichokes, zucchini risotto, tomato and garlic spaghetti, pumpkin and chestnut ravioli, mushroom lasagna and tiramisu. A DIY wine tasting. Lots of laughter and many bottles of great wine.
Dinner with all the courses - antipasti (starter), primi (first course), secondi (main course) and dolci (dessert). Chianti Classico, a typical Tuscan red wine. Antipasto platter with different types of meat (Salumi) and cheese like Pecorino, traditional crostini with chicken liver topping (Crostini di Fegatini di Pollo), spinach and ricotta ravioli with sage butter (Ravioli di spinaci e ricotta con burro e salvia), homemade pork sausages and white beans, slow cooked duck, panna cotta and Tuscan almond cookies (Cantuccini) dipped in dessert wine (Vin Santo).
We came home with three bags of Italian food and ingredients and even more of ideas and inspiration. Oh, the effect Tuscany has on you! My stomach and mind are full of simply delicious food.