Regional products of Alto Adige

• Bread called “breatl” is a whole grain bread with a very special mix of herbs. It’s usually made of spelt flour. Aroma of anise, cumin, wonderful texture and fantastic taste make this one so good.
• Mountain Cheese , Bergkäse, produced in a few month process, which make cheese aromatic and perfectly soft and spicy. The farmers specialize is various sorts and kinds of cheese. They are focused on the quality of their products, so you know, it really makes a difference compared to the regular stuff which you can find in shops. Some of them are available in grocery stores, so they are really easy to get.
• Marmalades and jams, which are made from the locally grown fruits.
• Honey made of flowers, which is pretty fascinating, because it’s actually made out of bees. The flowers, sow thistles, are collected and boiled in sugared water. It’s just amazing how it’s made.
In Tyrol, there is quite an organization which takes care of the quality of regional products, services performed and of condition of animals, crops and buildings. It’s called Gallo Rosso, which basically means ‘Red Rooster’. I think it’s a great idea and that the organization does really good job. Regarding the guest houses, where you can stay, have a wonderful breakfast and taste some local specialties, these are marked with flowers (one to five) just like hotels are with the stars. The flowers are given by previously mentioned organization Gallo Rosso. There are some high conditions and requirements that the farmers and hosts have to correspond with. All the Gallo Rosso members need to conform to some demanding standards.

South Tyrol – Alto Adige – Südtirol

Starting from what the aim of our trip was, we went there, to South Tyrol, to see the countryside of north Italy. We’ve visited some beautiful farms and talked to farmers. We got known about dairy production, bread baking and of course about apple and grape industry. We were told how wine, marmalades, pastries and cheese are made. Living in a rustic village was such an amazing experience and I’m going to tell you some more about it.
Visiting this part of Italy was really interesting, but actually it didn’t look typical for this country. That region is an autonomy, which used to be a part of Austria That’s the reason why the main language there was German. Most of people there have known Italian as the second language.
Local specialities such as anice bread ,breatl; cheese of mountains, bergkäse, marmalades and jams, honey made of flowers are so delicious. Also local cusine, quite similar to the austrian one is also quite good. In my opinion there is too little vegetables in the local one, but I think it’s mostly because lots Italians come there to taste this kind of cooking. On of my favourite dishes were ravioli with spinach and ricotta cheese, so mouth watering, delicious.
I think Südtirol is great for all kinds of artists, because visiting this wonderful village makes a very special opportunity to make some great pictures, the region is so pretty I’m telling you, to paint or draw, to write some romantic poems or to compose music while observing the calmness of nature.
Whole trip was so inspiring, we had so much fun visiting the farms, we’ve relaxed surrounded by stunning mountains and we’ve tried some delicious regional specialties. I think Alto Adige is such a wonderful place to visit and to get rest and actually to choose as a vacation destination.

 

Donuts

Donuts

Valentine’s Day gets closer and closer and makes a great opportunity to prepare a special breakfast or a fancy snack. One of my ideas for that day is to bake, yes, you’ve read correctly, to bake some donuts at home.

Ingredients:

  • 100 ml warm milk
  •     50 g fresh yeast
  •    370 g wheat flour (the one used to make cakes)
  •    50 g sugar
  •     3/4 tsp salt
  •     3 eggs
  •     170 g butter
    powdered sugar to make iceing

Preparation

Firstable, make sure yeast, eggs and butter are in room temperature. Cut butter into pieces and warm it up.
Make a yeast solution – mix warm milk, crumbled yeast, 1 teaspoon of sugar and 1 tablespoon of flour, leave to rise for 10 minutes, covered with a cloth. Solution should lather quite a lot. Jar, where the yeast is, can be inserted into a pot of hot water, it will help the yeast grow. When the yeast has already filled the cup, add it to the bowl with the flour.
Sift flour, sugar and salt into a large bowl. Then pour the solution of yeast and stir with a spoon. Gradually add the eggs while mixing the ingredients with a wooden spoon. Then knead by hand for about 10 minutes or 7 minutes with a hook mixer (level 4). At the end of the dough should be smooth. Then, add pieces of soft butter and knead again. At the end we get a flexible and shiny dough. Cover it with a cloth and let it stand for about an hour to rise.
When dough has rised punch it with a fist and quickly knead by hand. Form the dough into a ball. Flatter cake batter to about 1cm high. You can sprinkle the dough with flour if it’s too sticky. Cut circles with a cookie cutter or with a glass. Then, cut out donut holes. Remember that the dough will increase again in the oven, so you should cut bigger holes than you’d like them to be in the end.
Leave donuts for 1/2 hour to make dough roughly double the volume.
Preheat the oven to 180C (350F) degrees. Bake for 13 – 15 minutes. Leave your donuts to cool for about 10 minutes.
When donuts are still a little warm, but not hot, glaze them with iceing.

Winter Valentine’s Day Smoothie

Smoothie

Valenine’s day is forthcoming and so are some delicious recipes. I was spending a lazy winter afternoon under the blanket with a cup of tea in hand. Then, I had an idea of making something to remind me of summer time, which I miss a lot.
I picked some raspberries, which were frozen in August, and I thought of what I could prepare to make something tasty, fruity and healthy. In the end, I made a smoothie, which is really easy to make and tastes so good.

Ingredients:

  • 200g Raspberries
  • 150g Natural Yogurt
  • tbsp Dried Sweetened Cranberries
  • tsp Honey

All you have to do is to blend out all the ingredients. Also, you can decorate your smoothie to make it look pretty and special. Voila!
Enjoy your tiny bit of summer during cold winter days!

Summer vibe in the middle of Winter

A few days ago, when there was a sunny day in the middle of winter, I got a mango and frozen raspberries. Leaving raspberries to get the room temperature, I cut the mango into pieces and made myself a fruit snack. As I was preparing myself a treat I just couldn’t resist leaving this wonderful view of summer fruits without a picture. The sunshine, warm wind and these fruits made me feel like it was spring already. Such a summer vibe in February made me so happy, I wanted to share this little note with you.