Chef Gino D’Acampo sets off on another tour of his home country, this time exploring the north of Italy. In the first edition he examines the food that has shaped the city of Florence, beginning by tackling the bistecca alla Fiorentina – a thick and juicy steak – before preparing sliced T-bone with a colourful courgette ribbon and goat’s cheese salad. He then heads to the town of Prato, sampling a pastry chef’s speciality brioche buns with an aromatic, creamy filling, and conjuring up his own dessert of apple poached in red wine with amaretti biscuit cream.
Series 2 Episode 2
8:00pm, Friday 12 September 2014
Duration: 30 minutes
Gino D’Acampo’s next stop is Venice, where he takes a trip on a gondola with a local countess to find out about a type of Venetian tapas called cicchetti, before creating his own ciabatta-based platter, featuring courgette and fennel with capers, prawns on chilli mayonnaise and breaded cod on lemon mayonnaise. The chef then heads out of the city to the nearby island of Burano, where he participates in a highly unusual method of cooking risotto.
Series 2 Episode 3
8:00pm, Friday 19 September 2014
Duration: 30 minutes
Gino D’Acampo explores the gastronomic region of Emilia-Romagna. In a part of Italy famous for its cured meats, the chef is amazed to find an ancient cellar packed with prized culatello, including one reserved especially for Prince Charles. He then buys a wedge of Parmesan cheese and uses it to enhance a colourful dish of fried aubergine, tomato and mozzarella, topped with basil and olive oil dressing. His culinary quest continues in Modena, where he samples some of the world’s finest traditional balsamic vinegar and prepares chicken and pancetta served with asparagus and cherry tomato salad.
Returning home she creates a tasty buffet, including a Venetian cocktail with canapes that include Parmesan shortbreads and panettone stuffing squares.
Recipes include a crisp radicchio “Renaissance salad”, Nigella’s Italian take on the traditional roast bird is to use turkey breast stuffing made from Italian sausages and cranberries steeped in Marsala and desserts include a marshmallow cappuccino pavlova using espresso powder and a Christmas pudding cake adorned with chocolate chips and pomegranate seeds.
Watch again Wed 19 Dec 11.20 pm BBC HD and Sat 22 Dec 3.00 pm BBC2.
As seen on This Morning ITV, Stanley Tucci the famous Hollywood actor with roles in The Devil Wears Prada, The Hunger Games and The Lovely Bones. Also, the foodie films of Big Night and Julie & Julia – and today the Emmy award-winning actor Stanley Tucci cooks up a wizz in the kitchen with his beef rolls.
As they say “Most of the world eats to live, but Italians live to eat.”
In this wonderful book, Stanley Tucci presents just under 200 recipes and the wines are paired as well.
Venetian Seafood Salad
Lasagna with Polenta and Gorgonzola Cheese
Spaghetti with Tomato and Tuna
Pork Tenderloin with Fennel and Rosemary
Roast Duck with Fresh Figs
Baked Whole Fish in an Aromatic Salt Crust
Eggplant and Zucchini Casserole with Potatoes
buttery Plum and Polenta Cake
Featuring nearly 200 irresistible recipes, perfectly paired with delicious wines, The Tucci Cookbook is brimming with robust flavors, beloved Italian traditions, mouthwatering photographs, and engaging, previously untold stories from the family’s kitchen.
Cooking, eating and enjoying food is definitely a family affair!
This week Nigella Lawson treats her supper guests to a feast of lamb chops with mint, chilli and potatoes, served alongside roasted red onions with fennel and basil. Dessert is a true Anglo-Italian affair with a plum and amaretti crumble. There are also recipes for farro risotto with mushrooms, and chocolate pasta with a dark butterscotch sauce. Last in the series.
To night Nigella creates more wonderful Italian food. She was apparently inspired by a scribbled note she once found in an old Italian kitchen and tonight Nigella creates her version of a classic light and sunny yoghurt pot cake.
Watch Nigella’s niece and nephew get involved in the kitchen to make a sausage meatball supper. For a girls’ night in Nigella run off a squid and prawns with marjoram and chilli special. Another new creation, tiramisini is a Nigella creation – a lighter, quicker version of traditional tiramisu.