I have been super sick with cold and fever 😦 so it prevented me a bit from going anywhere out of my bed 😛 I finally managed to reach my computer yayyy! but the good news is last week has been quiet an awesome week. I launched my Facebook page. Please please go like it if you think I am starting something awesome with food and travel 😀
Ok so with this post I travel from Greek food to of Italian food. So far I have only been to few cities and that’s when I decided this is the place for food crazy people like me 😛 and in coming years I will definitely visit a lot more.
I traveled to Milan to get a break after my 9 months long Master thesis and it was planned on Thursday and Friday we (My close friend Arc and I) had to leave from Frankfurt 😀 so we chose to travel with student trip (pm2am tours) which had promised us we will see Milan and around, Lugano and Lucern in Switzerland! (Oh yes they kept up their promise) 😀
So if any student is looking for cheaper trips from Germany, you probably should check pm2am trips and studifahrten trips.
Milan was a visual and a gastronomic treat. Just at the right side of the Duamo, you could see the morning market selling cheese, breads, salami, prosciutto di parma (Parma Ham), fresh vegetables and of course various kinds of street food.
You can just get a couple of Arancini (Rice balls stuffed with salami and Mozzarella) or Foccacia with tomato and mozzarella and take a walk around the cathedral. Don’t forget to visit Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, one of the oldest shopping malls in the world.
If you have some money in your wallet and want to treat yourself with something gorgeous, don’t forget to stop by at the first ever Prada outlet. This was something we picked up 😛
Once you have had a look around the central area, you might have to check for the cathedral opening hours and go inside this magnificent architecture.
We spent about good 4-5 hours just around this area. And I also happened to bump into some locals. Yes, Milan is a lot touristy but if you do get a chance go to those markets and get hold of a local and just give your shot on talking to him/her about Italian food and produce. They’ll take you on a splendid food journey. This is where I happened to know that Mascarpone cheese was originally from this area. How cool is that??!! 😀
When you think of mascarpone cheese, I bet you’ll think about the famous dessert Tiramisu or “pick me up”:)
So here I will post my version of tiramisu which has become quite popular among my friends and family in Wuerzburg and in Bangalore.
What’s different? I serve my tiramisu both as a tray dish and as a nice cocktail glass dessert. 😛 And in my version I add a pinch of spice cinnamon 🙂
Ingredients (Serves 8)
- 3 large egg yolks
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 box of mascarpone cheese
- 1 cup of brewed espresso
- a pinch of cinnamon
- 1/2 cup of Kahlua or Baileys or Amaretto (non alcoholics can eliminate this )
- A pack of Italian Savoiardi biscuits
- Cocoa powder – to sprinkle on top
For the custard
- In a large bowl, whisk together egg yolks and brown sugar- you will see a nice color change from yellow to light yellow or cream color – this is when this is ready
- Into this add in the mascarpone cheese and fold it gently to form a stiff custard
- Mix a cup of hot espresso with your liquor and some sugar (if needed) and my recipes always have a spice – so add in the pinch of cinnamon
- In a glass tray or baking dish start to layer.
- Take the biscuits, dip them in the coffee mixture – don’t lay it for too long – just dip both the sides so the biscuit soaks in the coffee but do not become soggy and still remains crisp inside and make your first bottom layer.
- Now add one part of the custard mixture and work around the biscuits smoothly.
- Similarly make 2 layers of biscuits and custard one after the other.
- Finish off with final layer of custard.
- Sprinkle the cocoa powder and refrigerate for minimum 4 hours.
In a glass
- If you choose to serve in a nice cocktail glass then, half the dipped biscuits and make a bottom layer in the glass.
- Add a scoop of custard and another layer of biscuit and custard.
- sprinkle with cocoa shavings.
- Add a sprig of mint and make it look good 😀
In my next post I will continue to talk about this amazing city 😀 Till then have a beautiful week 🙂