20
nov
2015

sorrel

Common sorrel or garden sorrel (Rumex acetosa), often simply called sorrel, is a perennial herb in the family Polygonaceae. Other names for sorrel include spinach dock and narrow-leaved dock. It is a common plant in grassland habitats and is cultivated as a garden herb or leaf vegetable (pot herb)

Common sorrel has been cultivated for centuries. The leaves may be puréed in soups and sauces or added to salads; they have a flavour that is similar to kiwifruit or sour wild strawberries. The plant's sharp taste is due to oxalic acid, which is mildly toxic.

Sorrel is a perennial herb in the buckwheat family (which also includes rhubarb). High in vitamin C, it was a common ingredient in medieval times, when it was eaten to prevent scurvy (citrus fruits weren’t widely available). The word sorrel is of Germanic origin, from sur, meaning sour. Its characteristic sourness comes from the presence of oxalic acid (which is also found in spinach).

There are two varieties of sorrel, both of which are edible: garden sorrel, which has pointy, arrow-shaped leaves and a bracingly tart flavor, and French sorrel which is milder, with rounded leaves.

30
dec
chicken-liver-pate

Chicken liver pate

Ingredients for 6 person:

- 350 gr chicken liver
- 1/2 onion
- 1 carrot
- 1 celery
- 2 tablespoons of butter
- 1 tablespoons of capers
- 3/4 anchovy fillets
- white wine or vinsanto
- 2-3 big spoon of vegetable broth
- olive oil
- salt and pepper
- tipical tuscan bred

Steps:

Chop the onion, the carrot and the celery. Cook it in a pan with oil salt and pepper, util it will be light brown. Add chicken liver in chunks and cook it slowly adding wine or winsanto. After 15 minuts cooking, add the...

12
apr
legends-about-truffles

Legends about truffles

The truffle, known for its characteristic aromatic fragrance and flavor, is a fungus that grows naturally in the ground, near the roots of oak trees, oak or poplar trees, making his quest much harder and addictive, so that the best job seekers use expensive trained dogs. Many animals go greedy for the smell that can hear come out of the ground and that, unfortunately, the human nostrils fail to grasp. The best known animal, in addition to the dog, is undoubtedly the pig.

In addition to an...

02
sep
fennel

Fennel

The health benefits of fennel include relief from anemia, indigestion, flatulence, constipation, colic, diarrhea, respiratory disorders, menstrual disorders, and its benefits regarding eye care. Fennel, which has the scientific name Foeniculum Vulgare Miller, or its essence, is widely used around the world in mouth fresheners, toothpastes, desserts, antacids and in various culinary applications.

It originated in the Mediterranean and those cultures have long used it for culinary and medicinal...

23
oct
pimpinella

Pimpinella

The Pimpinella plant genus consists hardy annual herbs that reach from 45 to 90 cm in height.

Some common names for Pimpinella include Aniseed and Anise.

Aniseed blooms in the summer with umbels of tiny white flowers and plants are converted for their seeds; these should be harvested once they begin to turn gray and loosen easily from their coats.

An essential oil is obtained from the seed, used in perfumery, tooth pastes, medicinally and as a food flavouring.
The powdered seed can be used...

30
mar
oli-essenziali
20
jun
basil

Basil

Basil is an essential element in different cuisines.
Its leaves give a lively flavor to dishes and it's fine for sautéed dishes, salads or sauces.

Very widespread in European and Asian cuisine.
Basil was once used by farmers against colds, inhaling the aroma that was created by soaking the dried leaves in a bowl of boiling water.

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