Ages ago we visited Sorrento in Italy! I might at some point post some photos (when Andy sends them to me) but in the mean time here is my Italian inspired post.
Eating vegetarian food in Italy is not too difficult as there is always pizza and pasta on offer, however they have no idea of vegetarian cheese, and seem to love parmesan on everything, so I do like to try to find cheese free food when I can. Luckily we found a lovely organic veggie and vegan cafe in Sorrento called the Mondo Bio Cafe. It is on the side of a little health food store, and was only open until 8pm so one night we got there too late, but we did eat there twice. The menu was fab, with veggie and vegan options, as well as other dietary options such as gluten free- they offered spelt, kamut and some other sort of pasta for all their dishes. I had the most amazing gnocchi with tomato sauce and Andy had a lovely basil pesto dish, and then I think the second time I had some sort of baked tofu with tomato sauce (I think Andy had the pesto pasta again as he loves that).
If you fancy checking it out, there are some Trip Advisor reviews here.
Anyway, at Christmas I was given an Italian cook book, and recently have been attempting some of the recipes.
I have always wanted to try biscotti. This means twice baked- (and where the word biscuit comes from)- bake it once, then slice it and bake again to make it crispy.
They turned out really well- I used macadamias and almonds as the nuts (was meant to be pistachio) and they were especially good with a little nutella (also Italian!).
But the main dish I fancied trying was a gnocchi dish.
The recipe did call for ready made, so I am not cheating! The only passata available was this Pizza Express stuff, which turned out to have salt added, but it turned out so well.
Basically, chop an red onion and cook in a little olive oil, then add the passatta and simmer for 10 minutes, adding basil leaves at the end. Then cook the gnocchi.
Smelled so good already!
Then put it all in a baking dish with some mozzarella, and bake for 10 minutes.
It was delicious- we topped ours with more fresh basil as we bought a pack (I never have much success with keeping those little pots alive)! We had it with a salad, although the suggestion was some crusty bread.
Yum. I had never even had gnocchi before that trip to Italy, and am really glad I tried it. I am not the greatest potato fan, but the rich tomato sauce was just delicious and went really well with them.
What is your favourite Italian food?
Favourite holiday food find?