Carnevale, Carnevale and Carnevale! In Italy it's Carnevale time, 40 days before Easter the magic word is Carnevale, it's parties and it's specialites.
Carnevale is also called "Martedi' grasso" (the most famous day is the last Tuesday 40 days before Easter. It's a special day where people can enjoy the more indulgent foods before the period of lent).
Carnevale is celebrated as a huge festival all over Italy with parades, music and masks. Masks are the main attraction for a very good Carnevale and it is undoubtedly the happiest festival of the year, the most important day for children and the most transgressive for adults.
Carnevale is the time where people put their lives on hold to laugh at themselves.
Carnevale is very famous for its 'dolci' FRAPPE, RAVIOLI, CHIACCHERE, FRITTELLE, CASTAGNOLE, STRUFFOLI , SFRAPPOLE, FRITTELLE, LATTUGHE..these are some of the best known but each region has special delicious food recipes for Carnevale. In the UK it's known as pancake day. What is a strange is that Italians make these amazing specialities only on these days. I keep telling my mum they deserve to be on the table more often during the year but no way! Tradtion is to only eat these foods in this period and then to wait a whole year before indulging again, making the wait worthwhile..
In this dinner Stefano and I would like to bring you the atmosphere that you would find in Italy if you were there, entertwining the classic Italian dishes of Carnevale and the ever loved British pancakes.
Wasabi Blini with Tuna and Chive Tartare
MINIATURE SAVOURY PANCAKES INFUSED WITH WASABI AND TUNA TARTARE WITH CHIVES.
Chestnut infused pancake with braised radicchio in balsamic, pear and Pecorino cheese (a medium mature Sardinian sheep milk cheese)
Crespelle filled with Asparagus and Parmesan cheese
Crespelle is a classic Italian savoury pancake and tonight Stefano is going to filled it with bechamel sauce, fried asparagus and aged parmigiano reggiano
Slow roasted duck breast simmered in orange on a Beetroot flavoured pancake
Selection of typical Carnival sweets
Here Stefano is going to make a selection of the most famous Carneval sweets in Italy. One of these are Mantuan "Lattughe" with nonna Teresa old receipe. Lattughe are a very friable sweets that are fried and finally are sprinkled with powdered sugar. Lattughe are typical preparations for Carnival and then Stefano is going to make...eh eh is a surprise let's see...