Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Italian Meal

My sister-in-law was to visit us for a day. When it comes to food she is not picky about the cuisine. So I cooked this Italian meal for lunch when she visited. I chose this Italian menu with dishes from different regions of Italy. Italian cuisine is very popular around the globe and our house is no exception. We all enjoyed this delicious meal.


I have made pizza at home for years but I really started loving the pizza I made only after I started making it with wild yeast leaven. The ingredients in the dough are flour, water, salt and wild yeast. The sauce is made up of fresh tomatoes. It was only natural to use this pizza as the foundation of my Italian meal. The remaining dishes come from different regions of Italy. There is the fresh handmade Gnocchi in tomato sauce, one of the easiest dumpling to make at home. Fagiolli All'uccelleto is an ancient Italian dish made up of beans in tomato sauce. Caprese salad was added to the menu because we all love it and there is fresh basil growing in my garden. For dessert I wanted something light and so I went with Gelo di Melone or watermelon jello. This jello is thickened with corn starch and is delicious.


I did not use any new ingredient in this meal but making fresh pasta was new to me. I enjoyed it so much that I am now trying my hand at different types of gnocchi and ravioli. Something I found very interesting was that all the dishes in this menu use tomato as the base and yet every sauce is different and tastes different.

As they say in Italy, Buon Appetito!

Here are the recipes for the dishes on the menu
And for dessert


This is my entry for the letter I for BM #44 for the theme Around the world in 30 Days. Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM#44.





14 comments:

  1. I was quite looking forward to your I as I remember you saying your family loved this the best!..now I know..even I love what you have put up!

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  2. That is a nice meal Varada. My husband can live on it :) Love the arrangement as well.

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  3. Again a nice spread of meal. The photos came out really well and color of the dishes is popping out with the white background you used.

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  4. As Usha said , a very nice spread of Italian meal you have got there.

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  5. Wow very nice meal...superb photography...

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  6. Thats an awesome spread, my kids will go crazy if they see this spread, that sourdough pizza makes me hungry..

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  7. omg such an alluring italian meal spread :) I just can't take my eye from them :) all the dishes looks so tempting :) I love that gelo di melone a lot :) lovely presentation dear !!

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  8. what an eye pleasing fare ...this is my favorite cuisine and nothing is sufficient to please..loved the choices

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  9. Very nice meal Varada and love the way you have plated the salad. And the Gelo di melone looks so yum...

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  10. wow - beautifully presented Italian platter

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  11. That's an amazing Italian platter.

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  12. Very colorful platter here and Oh that gello de melone, is calling me, off i go to check that!!

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  13. Wow what a delicious platter Varada. I love the pics and the gello is something I have been wanting to try for ages.

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