Cooking with an Italian accent
Summary: Ciao, I am Giulia Scarpaleggia, a Tuscan born and bred country girl, a home cook, a food writer and a photographer. I teach Tuscan cooking classes in my house in the countryside in between Siena and Florence. I’ve been sharing honest, reliable Italian recipes for 10 years now, through my cookbooks and our blog Juls' Kitchen.If you love everything about Italian food, big crowded tables and seasonal ingredients, join us and follow our podcast “Cooking with an Italian accent“.Visit: www.julskitchen.comInstagram: https://instagram.com/julskitchen/
Today we are talking about cookbooks. When I was organizing my cookbooks on the bookshelves, I rediscovered some favourites from the past that needed some more love, and realised there are cookbooks that I barely opened after the initial I-desperately-need-this-book enthusiasm. So, I thought I would share some of my favourite cookbooks here on the podcast, as you might find them interesting, too.Today we’re talking about cookbooks on Italian cuisine, but do not expect the last cookbooks published by new famous food writers, we’re going back to the past: in this episode, we will talk about Pellegrino Artusi, Ada Boni and Paolo Petroni, with plenty of recipes from the blog to experiment.The recipes we mentioned in this episode: https://en.julskitchen.com/podcast/episode-39-three-books-about-italian-cooking-you-must-haveFind me online at www.julskitchen.com or on Instagram https://instagram.com/julskitchen/ Join our Facebook Group Cooking with Juls’ Kitchen: https://www.facebook.com/groups/775325049335625/Podcast realized by https://instagram.com/tommyonweb
Juls’ Kitchen is a family business. Tommaso and I work together to teach classes, develop recipes for clients, taking photos, producing the podcast, and writing the blog and the newsletter, along with cookbooks and articles. It has its highs and lows, but this is our job, and career. We do not have a backup plan, and, to be honest, after the hard work it took to get where we are, I do not want to change my job, as this is what brings me joy, what I am good at.That’s why we had to rethink our offer to change it according to the completely new situation. I am sure we will be back teaching classes in our studio in the countryside, meeting people at the local café to begin the market tour, working for clients and brands to create recipes and organizing workshops and gatherings, but for the moment, we had to find a compromise. A compromise which is revealing itself rewarding, fun, and something we will keep for the future in our business plan! This is how our virtual cooking class was born.In this episode, I’ll tell you more about it, I’ll share some behind the scenes of our tutorials and I’ll share also some projects for the future.You can join our virtual Tuscan Cooking Class here > https://www.udemy.com/course/tuscan-cooking-class/?couponCode=TUSCANMAY27Find me online at www.julskitchen.com or on Instagram https://instagram.com/julskitchen/ Join our Facebook Group Cooking with Juls’ Kitchen: https://www.facebook.com/groups/775325049335625/Podcast realized by https://instagram.com/tommyonweb
This is a special episode with a dear friend, Regula Ysewijn. We met in London in 2011, at the Food Blogger Connect, and since then we’ve become best friends, supporting each other through life and work endeavours.Today we’re here to celebrate her new cookbook, Oats in the North, Wheat from the South.This book is Regula’s love letter to British baking, and to Britain, its bakeries and shops, its traditions and ingredients.We’re talking about what it takes to write a cookbook with a solid food history background, something she is an expert about, but also about how geography and weather influence the baking traditions of a country. We’ll talk extensively about buns, the afternoon tea ritual, oatcakes and griddle cakes, but also a very special wedding cake from Britain.Learn more about Regula Ysewijn here: http://www.missfoodwise.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/missfoodwise/ Order her book here: https://amzn.to/3bupvSJ Find me online at www.julskitchen.com or on Instagram https://instagram.com/julskitchen/ Join our Facebook Group Cooking with Juls’ Kitchen: https://www.facebook.com/groups/775325049335625/Podcast realized by https://instagram.com/tommyonweb
One of the few positive aspects of this eternal lockdown is that I had the chance to learn new recipes and techniques. Usually, I am too busy trying to respect deadlines, juggling cooking classes and assignments, so I just play it safe.Week after week, I cook those old reliable recipes that are part of my cooking repertoire. Comfort comes from repeating a ritual, a set of flavours.But where is the excitement of learning a new dish? Of discovering a new technique?This feeling of excitement and adventure probably is not shared by everyone who is approaching cooking for the first time. If you have to learn to cook as an adult, because your family was not very much into cooking, or because you discovered this curiosity towards food just at a later stage, you might have the same question in mind: and now, how do I learn to cook?Being also a cooking class teacher, I’m often asked to share my tips on how one learns to cook. And this is the theme of today’s episode, where you will find also some tips from friends who are cooking class instructors and food writers.Our virtual Tuscan cooking course on Udemy: https://www.udemy.com/course/tuscan-cooking-class/?couponCode=TUSCANMAY27 On the blog:- Citrus pound cake https://en.julskitchen.com/dessert/cakes-pies/citrus-pound-cake - Easy tomato sauce https://en.julskitchen.com/first-course/pasta-first-course/pasta-with-tomato-sauce - Spezzatino, beef stew https://en.julskitchen.com/main/meat/florentine-beef-stew - Peposo, red wine and black pepper beef stew https://en.julskitchen.com/tuscany/black-peppercorn-beef-stew-peposo - Tuscan ragù https://en.julskitchen.com/first-course/pasta-first-course/my-tuscan-ragu - Carbonara https://en.julskitchen.com/first-course/pasta-first-course/artichoke-carbonara - Focaccia https://en.julskitchen.com/tuscany/tuscan-schiacciata-with-walnuts Listen also our episode about a Tuscan pantry here: https://en.julskitchen.com/podcast/episode-23-a-tuscan-pantry Thanks to:- Enrica Monzani @asmallkitcheningenoa- Paola Bacchia @italyonmymind- Domenica Marchetti @domenicacooks- Judy Witts Francini @divinacucinaTwo very useful online tools to convert grams to cups:- Grams To Cups Conversions: https://www.gourmetsleuth.com/conversions/grams/grams-to-cups-conversions- Baking conversion tools: https://www.weekendbakery.com/cooking-conversions/ Find me online at www.julskitchen.com or on Instagram https://instagram.com/julskitchen/ Join our Facebook Group Cooking with Juls’ Kitchen: https://www.facebook.com/groups/775325049335625/
I didn’t think my way of cooking would change much during the lockdown. I thought I was already quite organised, with a well-stocked pantry, responsible in using my ingredients and leftovers and creative when it comes to improvising. Yet, in more than a month of lockdown, I noticed some changes that made me reflect on my approach to cooking.First of all, now I am cooking mainly for the two of us: this is the first time since we’re together, it feels very intimate.In this episode, we will talk about how I reorganized my pantry and my freezer, about the importance of planning ahead and focusing on what you have, rather than on what you are missing, with recipes along the way.I’d be curious to know if the lockdown changed your way of cooking and of organizing your pantry, fridge and freezer, which are the recipes you’re making more often and if you’ve learnt something new.Our virtual Tuscan cooking course on Udemy: https://www.udemy.com/course/tuscan-cooking-class/?couponCode=TUSCANMAY27 On the blog:- Semolina gnocchi: https://en.julskitchen.com/first-course/roman-style-semolina-gnocchi - Spinach and ricotta pie: https://en.julskitchen.com/vegetarian/torta-pasqualina-my-mums-spinach-and-ricotta-pie - Spinach and ricotta ravioli: https://en.julskitchen.com/tuscany/spinach-ricotta-tortelli - Pappa al pomodoro: https://en.julskitchen.com/tuscany/best-pappa-al-pomodoro - Pasta with tuna sauce: https://en.julskitchen.com/first-course/pasta-first-course/pasta-with-tuna-sauce Listen also our episode about a Tuscan pantry here: https://en.julskitchen.com/podcast/episode-23-a-tuscan-pantry Find me online at www.julskitchen.com or on Instagram https://instagram.com/julskitchen/ Join our Facebook Group Cooking with Juls’ Kitchen: https://www.facebook.com/groups/775325049335625/Podcast realized by https://instagram.com/tommyonweb
There are two different aspects of comfort food: on one side, there’s the food that gives you comfort and pleasure when you eat it, like pappa al pomodoro, on the other side, the many foods that give you solace, a respite from the news, from heavy thoughts, from comparison, when you cook them: just think about bread.In this episode, we will explore different comfort foods, related to childhood memories or to personal achievements, from pappa al pomodoro to chicken meatballs, from rice pudding to risotto.I think comfort food is also extremely influenced by culture, as often we tend to consider comforting what we know better. That’s why I asked a few friends from all over the world to share with us which is their favourite comfort food. It will be like travelling from country to country, through the best and most comforting foods. Get ready to be hungry.On the blog:- Pappa al Pomodoro: https://en.julskitchen.com/first-course/soup/best-pappa-al-pomodoro - Chicken meatballs: https://en.julskitchen.com/main/meat/chicken-and-potato-meatballs - Rice pudding: https://en.julskitchen.com/dessert/rice-pudding-with-roast-quinces - Risotto: https://en.julskitchen.com/first-course/rice-cereals/pumpkin-risottoThanks to:- Helen & Billie: https://www.instagram.com/miakouppa/ - Myriam: https://www.instagram.com/the_food_sister/ - Irina: https://www.instagram.com/irina.r.georgescu/ - Asha: https://www.instagram.com/ashafsk/ - Erny: https://www.instagram.com/ernythamrinyoga/ - Jenny: https://www.instagram.com/jlinford/ - Sarka: https://www.instagram.com/sarkababicka/ - Juliana: https://www.instagram.com/julianalopezmay/ - Costanza: https://www.instagram.com/cosnutritionist/
After 11 years of blogging, a love born by stirring a ciambellone on a kitchen stool with mum, 5 cookbooks, a podcast, countless projects never launched or lost along the way, and numerous dreams kept among the pages of a notebook, I keep asking myself what is food for me.I haven’t grown tired of writing recipes. For a while, I wondered if it was enough, if I wasn’t dumbing down a topic bigger than me. Then I realised that food is enough for itself and, at the same time, it crosses borders.Food has been an instrument of personal growth and self-affirmation, a lens through which I could discover the external world and explore my inner universe, sometimes all the more complex and multifaceted.Food is tradition: I better understood who I am through traditional recipes, those from Tuscany and those from Basilicata, where the southern branch of my family is from.Food is discovery. The work of food is a craftsman’s job, in which you progress with small steps, with perseverance, with a clear attention to beauty and detail. Craft is humble, more tangible than art, but it retains a human warmth, dedication and commitment. What is food for you? Does it have a special meaning, or a value? Or is it more related to planning, or enjoying? Is it a way to release your stress, or to affirm yourself? Or both, as in my case?On the blog:- Ciambellone: https://en.julskitchen.com/dessert/cakes-pies/a-tuscan-bundt-cake - Crostata: https://en.julskitchen.com/dessert/cakes-pies/whole-wheat-crostata-with-lemon-marmalade - Pappa al pomodoro: https://en.julskitchen.com/first-course/soup/best-pappa-al-pomodoro - Grandma’s lasagne: https://en.julskitchen.com/first-course/fresh-pasta/grandmas-lasagne - Meatball pasta bake: https://en.julskitchen.com/first-course/pasta-first-course/meatball-pasta-bake - Calzoncelli: https://en.julskitchen.com/dessert/cookies/calzoncelli-chocolate-almond-christmas-cookies Find me online at www.julskitchen.com or on Instagram https://instagram.com/julskitchen/ Join our Facebook Group Cooking with Juls’ Kitchen: https://www.facebook.com/groups/775325049335625/Podcast realized by https://instagram.com/tommyonweb
Today buying good quality chestnut flour can be difficult, and it is certainly more expensive than it used to be. A good local organic stone ground wheat flour costs about 2€ a kilo. If you want to buy an organic, stone ground chestnut flour made with local chestnuts, that flour can cost from 10€ up to 15€ a kilo! It used to be the flour of poor people, of those who could not afford, or get hold of, wheat flour, and now it is considered a delicacy, as it is a gluten free flour, very nutrituous, rich in fibers, minerals and vitamins.Yet, chestnut flour is one of the most fundamental ingredients of the cucina povera, the peasant cooking, of the Tuscan mountains, from Garfagnana and Lunigiana, through the Appennino Pitoiese, down to Mugello and Mount Amiata, basically the whole mountain right side of Tuscany, from north to south.In today’s episode, we will explore the local traditions and recipes related to chestnuts and chestnuts flour, from bread to pasta, to castagnaccio and necci.Discover more stories and recipes in my latest cookbook "From the Market of Tuscany": https://en.julskitchen.com/cookbooksOn the blog:- Castagnaccio: https://en.julskitchen.com/dessert/castagnaccio-chestnut-cake- Necci: https://en.julskitchen.com/dessert/necci-tuscan-chestnut-pancakes- Pecorino and chestnut risotto: https://en.julskitchen.com/first-course/rice-cereals/pecorino-and-chestnut-risotto- Potato, porcini and chestnut soup: https://en.julskitchen.com/first-course/soup/potato-porcini-and-chestnut-soup Find me online at www.julskitchen.com or on Instagram https://instagram.com/julskitchen/ Join our Facebook Group Cooking with Juls’ Kitchen: https://www.facebook.com/groups/775325049335625/Podcast realized by https://instagram.com/tommyonweb
Today I am here to celebrate the citrus season, with their brightness, the joy they add to cold winter days, the liveliness they lend to rich dishes, or the depth of flavour they give to the simplest salads. In this episode, I’m sharing how I use them, when I’m not munching on clementines directly from a paper bag coming home from the market, juicing oranges and bergamots in the morning, or zesting a lemon in a cake batter.You’ll find recipes for fresh dressings for pasta, like lemon tagliolini, recipes for your main courses, from beef skewers to guinea fowl with orange and roasted sea bream with lemons and bergamots, many side dishes and, of course, plenty of desserts. Last but not least, preserves: marmalade, which is the first preserve I make every year, changing from time to time the citrus fruit ratio, and candied orange and citron peels.On the blog:- Lemon tagliolini: https://en.julskitchen.com/first-course/fresh-pasta/fresh-lemon-tagliolini- Rabbit ragù: https://en.julskitchen.com/first-course/pasta-first-course/rabbit-ragu - Mediterranean chicken salad: https://en.julskitchen.com/main/meat/mediterranean-chicken-salad- Orange and pancetta Guinea fowl: https://en.julskitchen.com/main/meat/orange-pancetta-guinea-fowl- Beef skewers with orange and lemon marinade: https://en.julskitchen.com/seasonal/winter/beef-skewers-with-orange-and-lemon-marinade- Trabaccolara: https://en.julskitchen.com/main/fish/trabaccolara- Blood orange and fennel salad: https://en.julskitchen.com/side/blood-orange-and-fennel-salad - Lemon syrup cupcakes: https://en.julskitchen.com/dessert/lemon-syrup-cupcakes-michelangelos-style- Lemon honey panna cotta: https://en.julskitchen.com/seasonal/winter/lemon-honey-pannacotta-agar-aga- Lemon bundt cake: https://en.julskitchen.com/dessert/cakes-pies/lemon-bundt-cake- Whole wheat crostata with lemon marmalade: https://en.julskitchen.com/dessert/cakes-pies/whole-wheat-crostata-with-lemon-marmalade- Lemon polenta cake: https://en.julskitchen.com/dessert/cakes-pies/lemon-polenta-cake- Chocolate and clementine olive oil: https://en.julskitchen.com/seasonal/winter/chocolate-and-clementine-olive-oil-cake - Schiacciata alla Fiorentina: https://en.julskitchen.com/dessert/schiacciata-alla-fiorentina-a-sweet-flatbread-for-carnival- Bergamot marmalade: https://en.julskitchen.com/preserves/bergamot-marmalade- Bitter orange...
I learnt to cook from my grandmother, watching her patiently stirring a pot of ragù, or foraging herbs in the fields to make a salad, or an omelette. I learnt to cook because I was hungry for delicious, diverse food: my mum had a basic approach to cooking, which did not include “strange” ingredients such as butternut squash or thyme. She taught me all the recipes that nurture a family, though.I learnt to cook through practice, cooking from cookbooks, from recipes picked up at the market, eavesdropping conversations at the butcher. I learnt the hows, but I did not know the whys.Two years ago, I bought Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat, by Samin Nosrat, and my style of cooking became immediately more confident. It is also a great resource to learn a lot about Italian cuisine and our use of fat – think about extra virgin olive oil – and salt – think about Parmigiano and anchovies.On the blog:- Tagliatelle with pork ragù. Learning to cook again: https://en.julskitchen.com/first-course/pasta-first-course/pork-ragu More about Samin:- her Instagram page: https://www.instagram.com/ciaosamin/- her website: http://ciaosamin.com - more about her book: https://www.saltfatacidheat.com - watch her show on Netflix: https://www.netflix.com/title/80198288 Find me online at www.julskitchen.com or on Instagram https://instagram.com/julskitchen/ Join our Facebook Group Cooking with Juls’ Kitchen: https://www.facebook.com/groups/775325049335625/Podcast realized by https://instagram.com/tommyonweb
Until a few years ago, come January I would write a list of goals and good intentions. I felt productive, optimist, effective. Within a few months, though, that list would mark the measure of my failures. Now I choose a word that will represent the year I have in front of me, a word that will guide me, help me to make decisions and choose a path to follow. It is much more effective, and kind, to choose a word rather than listing down goals.This year I chose intentionality as my 2020 word.Which is your 2020 word? How do you want to feel this year?Links to articles mentioned in this episode:- Nicole Gulotta. The Benefits of Choosing a Word For the Year—Instead of Setting Goals: http://nicolemgulotta.com/blog/word-for-the-year- My 2018 words: craft and seasonality https://en.julskitchen.com/other/craft-and-seasonality - My 2019 word: simplicity https://en.julskitchen.com/savoury-cakes/butternut-squash-strudel Find me online at www.julskitchen.com or on Instagram https://instagram.com/julskitchen/ Join our Facebook Group Cooking with Juls’ Kitchen: https://www.facebook.com/groups/775325049335625/Podcast realized by https://instagram.com/tommyonweb
How would I describe my ideal Christmas? Which are the first words that come to my mind when I think about Christmas?This year, I would pick humble. Humble as the unassuming log that the head of the family would put in the fireplace at Christmas Eve. It would burn slowly, the embers glowing in the dark, until the next day, or sometimes until the new year. Therefore, my ideal Christmas would be also deeply connected to winter and to Nature.I’m also sharing some seasonal Tuscan recipes for a homemade, genuine Christmas feast.The recipes we mentioned in this episode:- Chicken liver crostini: https://en.julskitchen.com/tuscany/chicken-liver-crostini- Tuscan spleen crostini: https://en.julskitchen.com/tuscany/spleen-crostini- Potato tortelli: https://en.julskitchen.com/seasonal/winter/potato-and-pecorino-tortelli-with-my-family- My Tuscan ragù: https://en.julskitchen.com/tuscany/my-tuscan-ragu- Ricotta ravioli: https://en.julskitchen.com/tuscany/how-to-make-ricotta-ravioli- Cocoa cappellacci: https://en.julskitchen.com/seasonal/winter/cocoa-cappellacci-butternut-squash- Grandma’s lasagne: https://en.julskitchen.com/tuscany/grandmas-lasagne- Stuffed pork loin: https://en.julskitchen.com/tuscany/stuffed-pork-loin- Stewed wild boar: https://en.julskitchen.com/tuscany/stewed-wild-boar- Spinach flan: https://en.julskitchen.com/tuscany/spinach-flan- Artichoke flan: https://en.julskitchen.com/side/christmas-side-dishes- Cardoon flan: https://en.julskitchen.com/side/cardoon-flan- Panforte: https://en.julskitchen.com/tuscany/tuscan-panforte-a-spicy-cake-from-siena- Ricciarelli: https://en.julskitchen.com/tuscany/ricciarelli-siena-almond-cookies- Cavallucci: https://en.julskitchen.com/tuscany/cavallucci-typical-tuscan-christmas-cookies- Christmas cake: https://en.julskitchen.com/seasonal/winter/jamie-olivers-christmas-cake - Yule log: https://en.julskitchen.com/seasonal/winter/yule-log Find me online at www.julskitchen.com or on Instagram https://instagram.com/julskitchen/ Join our Facebook Group Cooking with Juls’ Kitchen: https://www.facebook.com/groups/775325049335625/Podcast...
This is a bonus episode, a small precious gift for you in the days waiting for Christmas. Today I’m going to share with you my favourite Christmas cookbook, Nigel Slater’s The Christmas Chronicles.If you liked the bonus track, there will be more, more books and ideas, in the next months.If you have questions about Italian and Tuscan cooking, just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or join our Facebook Group Cooking with Juls’ Kitchen.Be sure to subscribe on iTunes, Spotify or wherever you are listening to a podcast and share it with your friends, too! You will find all the links to the recipes we mentioned today in this episode show notes.Don’t forget to visit Julskitchen.com for new stories and recipes from Tuscany. Keep reading and keep cooking!
Until a few years ago, when we wanted to be inspired, try new foods and restaurants, breath some fresh air and live an exciting adventure, we would fly to London.In the recent years though, especially after the 2015 Expo, we take a fast train to Milan. In less than 3 hours we’re there from Florence. If you’re planning a trip to Milan, do not miss today’s episode with Myriam Sabolla, a friend, a communication strategist, a food coach and a keen cook. We had a talk about why Milan is the next city you have to visit.Hint: there’s more than fashion and art, and good food is involved.Learn more about Myriam here: https://www.thefoodsister.it Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/the_food_sister/ Find me online at www.julskitchen.com or on Instagram https://instagram.com/julskitchen/ Join our Facebook Group Cooking with Juls’ Kitchen: https://www.facebook.com/groups/775325049335625/Podcast realized by https://instagram.com/tommyonweb
Today’s theme is vegetables, but not any kind of vegetables. I am here to praise the charm of overcooked vegetables. Not all vegetables give their best when cooked for long time, some get soggy and unpalatable, but take French beans, broccoli or cavolo nero. They give up, surrender to the flame and develop a buttery texture and an intense aroma, which can suit pasta dishes, meat and even stand up for itself in a comforting side dish.So, this is how I tend to cook vegetables. What about you? Do you put a quick timer when it comes to cooking your veggies or do you allow them enough time to become buttery and soft?The recipes we mentioned in this episode:- Stewed French beans: https://en.julskitchen.com/side/stewed-french-beans- Pasta with broccoli: https://en.julskitchen.com/first-course/pasta-first-course/pasta-with-broccoli - Tagliatelle with romanesco, anchovies and burrata: https://en.julskitchen.com/first-course/pasta-first-course/tagliatelle-with-romanesco-broccoli Find me online at www.julskitchen.com or on Instagram https://instagram.com/julskitchen/ Join our Facebook Group Cooking with Juls’ Kitchen: https://www.facebook.com/groups/775325049335625/Podcast realized by https://instagram.com/tommyonweb