As you may know, Jean-Félix is a bartender. A crazy good one by the way and I don’t say that because he is the love of my life. No, no, no! I say that because I think he is amazing and I think all of you should have the chance to taste a cocktail made by him once in your life! I know most of you are far from us so please make yourself a treat and watch Jean-Félix’s videos on our YouTube channel, Truffles On The Rocks. That way you will be able to make a gorgeous drink by yourself and have the feeling that we are making a toast altogether!
The Italian wedding soup arrived in my life about 15 years ago. My uncle had a sandwich shop in Quebec City and he used to serve this soup as an appetizer. It was not a homemade soup (Shame on him … it is so easy to make HA-HA-HA) but it didn’t matter, I was in love with the flavours, the simplicity and the lovely little pasta (that were always overcooked … lol). So, as we all know that everything homemade is always the best, I decided to make my own.
A couple of months ago, Jean-Félix and I were in Italy. It was amazing! Italy is, for food and drinks, the most exceptional place I’ve ever visited. For people like us, it’s like being in paradise. You can’t ask for more. Everything there is made to make you enjoy your time off and fill up your belly. Which we did, of course! This destination was very influential for us. In my life, almost all my memories are connected to smell or taste and Italy is all about that. So I let you imagine how great it was for me, for us! How many new memories we brought back.
This recipe makes me travel just by its smell and by its look. If I close my eyes when I’m sitting with this dish in the middle of the table, I can easily imagine how it would feel to be in a warm, crowded and noisy tavern in Greece. Most of the time this recipe will be made with Lamb’s legs, but this time I made it with Lamb Shanks and I like it a lot! The Arni Youvetsi is a Sunday dish and quite honestly… I think it’s perfect!!! Is there a better day to spend your time cooking and enjoying some comfort food like this with peoples you love? I don’t think so.
Pasta, Pasta, Pasta!!! What can I say??? I just love pasta! I love them so bad I could eat some every single day! Imagine when you are making your own pasta. The feeling we had Jean-Felix and I the first time we made a batch of fresh pasta and had our first bite was amazing. A mix of pride, power and feeling of ecstasy! HAHAHA It’s like… “OH MY GOD! Did we really make this?” What a cool feeling! Then if you mix your fresh pasta with some delicious mushroom braised beef, I can guarantee you’ll go straight to even! Hallelujah!
Have I already told you? We are addicted to pasta! We could eat some every single day. There are so many ways to cook them and so many different kinds and shapes of pasta that it’s impossible to get bored with it.
I chose Mafaldine pasta to make this recipe because I find them so chic! They are like little ribbons and I thought that it would go perfectly with a thick cream sauce! Those lovely pasta were named in honour of Princess Mafalda De Savoie from Italy. When you have a princess name, it comes with some kind of pressure…. Don’t you think? HAHAHA I hope that you will love this recipe and find that the Malfadine pasta are as good as they are beautiful!
What I prefer about Italian food is the simplicity. Fresh ingredients, love and wine (Oh! and amaro for Jean-Felix’s digestif). That’s all you need! When we were there, every time we were in a grocery store, we were feeling like kids in a toy store. All the products you can find in there, it’s unbelievable. I could have spent my entire day shopping for food. They have this amazing way to put some love everywhere and make you feel like you need to buy everything. Them beautiful packaging and all the diversity… OHHH GOD I want to go back now!
Oh … and have you ever tried to translate the name of these Italian pasta in French??? HÉHÉHÉ You will see!
Since we are pasta addicts, you will see plenty of them on the blog but today, let’s talk about Carbonara. What a simple and easy recipe. When you start with the first bite, it’s almost impossible to figure how fast you can make this amazing dish! OK I ear from here all Italians purists screaming “’ What?? Garlic?? It’s not bacon but pancetta, why the white wine and blablabla??“ My answer … because it’s delicious and because every classic may be tweaked a bit sometimes.
This week I got an intense craving for another road trip with Jean-Félix. I was obsessed with Greece. As we didn’t have enough time during our last trip, we didn’t get to go there. I didn’t want to rush it, so we saved it for the next adventure. I wanted to take my time and browse the entire country. Every city, every island has its own soul. Whether it is food, drink, traditions or the way to live. They all have some differences and their own way to make everything. It’s a lot to discover. In the same way and for the same reasons, we want to go back to Italy and do the same. Browse every single city because again, there is way too much to see, learn and discover to wrap it up in 10 days. We had the feeling that we missed so much there … but Italy will be for another story and for sure other recipes! I will keep the focus on Greece for today! HAHAHA!!!
I decided to put myself in the mood and cook a delicious Greek meal. I love Greek food culture. It’s all about the freshness of ingredients. Simple, fresh and so flavourful … Oh! Wait… It makes me think of Italy again! HAHAHA