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Tuscan stuffed duck is a typical dish from the areas of Siena and Arezzo. Our Homeowners, Chef Francesco and Patrizia, from Podere Vetrichina in Tuscany, share with us this scrumptious Christmas recipe. Duck has been bred in Italy for at least three centuries. Eggs are also appreciated from this animal, although ducks are mainly considered for their meat: reddish and a little fatter than chicken, it is excellent roasted and traditionally combined with fruit such as citrus fruits, cherries, chestnuts. To cook the whole duck, you need to calculate 1

Italy is world famous for its amazing cuisine, with numerous regions constantly vying for the title of the ‘best Italian food.’ Although it would be impossible to pick an absolute winner, Tuscany is one region that has to be in the discussion. Although there is absolutely no shortage of amazing Tuscan food options, here are just a few of the dishes we think you definitely shouldn’t miss. 1. Bistecca Alla Fiorentina Bistecca Alla Fiorentina, the world famous Florentine T-bone steak, is equally as mouthwateringly delicious as it is overwhelming to

Gianna Strambi from Cooking on Holiday shared with us this mouthwatering recipe of home-made ravioli with mint pesto and almonds. Ravioli have their roots back to the Middle Ages and were originally used only as stuffing (“Gnudi”) made of beet, ricotta cheese, parmesan cheese and eggs (according to Artusi). Later the stuffing started to be wrapped into hand-made pasta. It appears that the name “Raviolo” is originated from “Raveggiolo”, a cow or goat cheese often used in the stuffing. Gianna’s version is the most classic one enriched however by her special mint pesto which reminds us of bright

The origins “crostini” dates back to ancient times, when the dining table was not laid with single plates, but the food was served on large trays from which everyone would take what they desired and place it directly into their mouths, or if necessary placing it on a piece of bread. This use continued until the end of the XVII century:  if you look at the paintings that represent the opulent banquets of the Renaissance, you will notice that the tables were very unrefined. The piece of bread gathered oils,

When Passepartout-Homes asked me to write a piece for their blog, I thought about what could be of interest to the readers and I’ve asked Passepartout Homes where the properties in the portfolio are located. Amongst all the beautiful and exotic locations, one popped up to my eye immediately, Otranto. Otranto is in Puglia (Apulia) in the southern part of Italy, right at the bottom of the heel and more importantly for me it is where my mum is from.   I know what you are going to say now,