Sunday, February 27, 2011

Verica Bread

Pane Verica

It has been some time since I managed to shoot something for myself. Then yesterday I bought this bread, that is a very typical product from Verica, a small hamlet up in the Appennini mountains south of Modena, and I thought "hmmm, why not?". You can read more about this kind of bread here (in Italian language), suffice to say that is perfect to eat together with some good salami like prosciutto or ciccioli (cured pork rind made in Modena).

(Alessandro Guerani is a professional photographer specialized in food shooting. He lives in Bologna, Italy, and is available for assignments to create the images you always craved. Read the "About me" or contact him using the "Mail me" in the blog menu above.)

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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Fillet with Cannellini Beans

Fillet with Cannellini Beans

Recipe, cooking and styling Barbara Torresan

How many times you return home at the evening with little desire to cook anything? Instead of ordering a take-away pizza devote ten minutes to this recipe and you'll see that it'll be worth it.

Ingredients (serves 4)
2 1/2 cups of cannellini beans
1 lb. beef fillet
2 garlic cloves
1 lemon
olive oil, salt, pepper, mustard, honey to taste

Preparation
Let's start with the beans. I always keep some canned steamed beans, they're ready in an instant and do not require hours of soaking and preparation, but if you want to be a purist use dried beans and soak them overnight!
Fry a couple of garlic cloves in some olive oil, add a couple of of steamed beans cans, salt, black pepper to your taste and then the zest and the juice of a lemon.
At this point, heat a steak pan, grease a bit your slice of fillet and brown it well on all sides. It should remain tender inside but not raw! Remove the meat from the pan and add into its juice one teaspoon of mustard and one of honey to make a sauce. Place the meat over the hot beans, pour over the sauce and sprinkle with pepper and salt to taste.

(Alessandro Guerani is a professional photographer specialized in food shooting. He lives in Bologna, Italy, and is available for assignments to create the images you always craved. Read the "About me" or contact him using the "Mail me" in the blog menu above.)

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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Pumpkin and Sausage Risotto

Pumpkin and Sausage Risotto

Recipe, cooking and styling Barbara Torresan

This week pumpkin is my blog mistress: this delicate risotto is a delicious accompaniment to the cold and dark winter evenings when at dinner you want to eat something warm and tasty that could comfort us from the cold of the weather.

Ingredients (serves 4)
400g rice (vialone nano)
300g sausage (luganega preferably)
300g pumpkin (net less waste)
100g unsalted butter
3 shallots, chopped coarsely
1 liter of vegetable broth
white wine, salt, pepper, grated Parmesan cheese, fresh rosemary to taste

Preparation
Cook the pumpkins in boiling water or steam them until soft, cut them to pieces. Sauté the chopped scallions with half of the butter over medium heat. When browned, add sausage, rice and let cook a few seconds, then pour in white wine and after a minute add pumpkin pieces.
Stir vigorously, making sure nothing sticks to the pan, and then pour half of the stock, at hot temperature. Continue stirring occasionally and adding stock little by little for about 18-20 minutes. When cooked season with salt, pepper, chopped fresh rosemary and the remnant butter to thicken the risotto. A good sprinkling of grated Parmesan cheese cheese completes the dish.

(Alessandro Guerani is a professional photographer specialized in food shooting. He lives in Bologna, Italy, and is available for assignments to create the images you always craved. Read the "About me" or contact him using the "Mail me" in the blog menu above.)

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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

February 2011 Desktop Calendar

February 2011 Desktop Calendar

Winter weather kicked in, cold and snow are now usual companions but with just one day late Food~0~grafia offers its new February desktop calendar, alas a wallpaper for your PC screen with a food photo and the calendar of the current month.

To set the image as your desktop click on the link at the end of this post with the image dimensions that suit your PC screen and, after the image will load, right-click on it with your mouse (or press ctrl while clicking for some Mac users) and select "Set as Desktop Background..." (or something similar depending on the web browser you're using).

(Alessandro Guerani is a professional photographer specialized in food shooting. He lives in Bologna, Italy, and is available for assignments to create the images you always craved. Read the "About me" or contact him using the "Mail me" in the blog menu above.)

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