Morning glory (Dudes’ granola)

2015-09-11 11.28.46You thought we forgot about you, boys, but how could we do such a thing?  

Here you find a “secret” granola recipe especially created for you and your breakfast (but obviously perfect for girls too) that will give an extra boost to your wake-ups. So enjoy then the extra energy that comes by the right combination of ingredients that we pick for you.

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Blossoming zucchini flowers

_DSC0021Yuhuuu! We are back! How are you doing? Did you miss us? Because we did miss you and our beloved incuQIna during this long summer break.

We are here to wave goodbye to the hot sunny days so we thought that nothing better than this colorful dish with zucchini blossoms could “fit the bill”.

In order not to hide but enhance the taste of these delicacies, we choose to prepare them with a mild filling of ricotta cheese and a bit of parmesan, which adds some salty notes, and we simply laid them over ripe cherry tomatoes (probably the last of the season). We know you are all curious to try this starter, but let’s first spend a few words on ricotta.

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The last bit of 5 weeks spent between sun and fog, ocean, incredible natural parks, great food and wine…

Monday, 20th of July20150720-2015-07-20 17.18.33  A superhero having some funky ice cream at Smitten 

Tuesday, 21st of July

20150721-2015-07-21 22.26.45 Corner Burgers

Wednesday, 22nd of July20150722-2015-07-22 18.12.30 Road trippin’ in California: we arrived in Yosemite! 

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Too hot? easy: panzanella!

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IncuQIna reads your mind
We know you are not going to turn on the oven (or the fire) during these hot days of summer and neither do we! If you literally feel like you are melting and do not want the temperature of your house to increase of one single degree, this is the recipe for you!

Let’s prepare together a yummy and refreshing speciality from central Italy, perfect for lunch, either at home either for your lunchbox. Just get some old stale bread, not so difficult to be found in the cupboards of the kitchen, let it soak in water to soften it up and prepare a light dressing with fresh onions and tomatoes.

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Friday, 10th of July

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Saturday, 11th of July

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Sunday, 12th od July

20150712-2015-07-12 14.55.03-1 Street food

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Summerish veggie burgers

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When food is fashion.

There is no doubt that to talk, write and blog about food is nowadays really fashionable. And no wonder if some dishes become way more “hip” than others. Surely you must have noticed how in the last couple of years restaurants specialized in serving burgers popped up like mushrooms after the rain in the forest. Nicely prepared with homemade bread, first quality meat original toppings, the burgers moved from being a low level fast-food dish to a gourmet treat.

And because we like fashion but we also love to re-interpret and re-invent it, today we share with you our own recipe of SUMMER VEGGIE BURGERS! Perfect for summer because full of seasonal vegetables, suitable for vegans, this versatile recipe is perfect for a lunch with friends, a barbecue on the terrace or just a quite evening staying in and watching a movie, like we did.

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Posted every week: a snapshot, a story, an impression from every day of Cami’s travel to California

Wednesday, 24th of June

2015_06_24Welcome to ‘MMMerica

Thursday, 25th of June 

2015_06_25A run in the park to get over the jet-lag

Friday, 26th of June 

2015_06_26_1Waiting for the fog to arrive

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Cacio e Pepe

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Some time ago our good friend (and incuQIna reader) Andy reached out to us with some questions (that we are here trying to answer) on Cacio e Pepe. For the ones not knowing this delight, it is a traditional pasta of the Roman tradition that traces back when the shepherds had to bring food along with them on the mountains. Aged sheep cheese (pecorino) could survive for long time in their bags, pepper helped to heat up the bodies, and dry pasta fills up the stomach and gives energy.

Despite its apparent simplicity, getting the sauce right is not so easy. The trick consists in mixing quickly the grated cheese and pepper with the hot pasta just drained (or better “picked up”) and a little bit of cooking water, which will result in a creamy, non-sticky, sent-from-heaven, tasty sauce.

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California Chicken Salad (with Fake Mayo)

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Summer is just beginning with its bright evenings. You can feel the sweet smell of  jasmine and see how the sky gets suddenly bigger, opening wider horizons.

The inspiration for the recipe of today comes from these first half of June and from the imminenent trip of Camilla to California. Let’s discover our personal version of a popular West Coast salad and see together what our Anna used for this recipe..

First, choose some crispy curly endive and ripe cherry tomatoes (we prefer datterini for their unique scent and flavor). These fresh ingredients are perfect allies to face the first hot days of the season, thanks to their ability to quench thirst and refresh the palate (i.e. for TCM purify the Heat).

Regarding the chicken, for starters we invite you to always purchase organic poultry as this ensures more reasonable farming conditions. We must then say that during summer, according to TCM, this kind of meat should be eaten in small amounts as it is warm in energy and can increase the Heat, especially of the Blood. And for this, we cook it with some fresh lemon juice that restores balance and adds freshness. The touch of chili, then, gives a bit of spicy taste that matches well the neutral and comforting flavour of avocado. Dip it into a “fake” but very tasty mayo-like sauce made with natural white yogurt and mustard and you’ll keep light for your bikini.
Good and easy, this recipe is just a small glimpse of the many incoming ideas that will be collected in a special travel notebook developed by our dear Camilla during her trip. Get ready for the first bite of California, such a distant and fascinating land that for someone can be a state of mind.

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