Gaia Massai's Family Recipes
Here are some of my favourite family recipes, passed down from my mother and grandmother. I'm constantly adding new ones so check back periodically or subscribe to my monthly newsletter to be notified of my latest news, recipes and upcoming events (scroll to the bottom of this pages to sign up).
Crescia al Formaggio (Pizza di Pasqua al Formaggio) is a savory Easter bread from the Marche and Umbria regions of central Italy.
Panforte- a true Tuscan holiday treat.
A super simple side dish using white wine which goes well both with fish or meat.
Cooking with wine in Italy goes back to the Etruscans and Romans. It is simple and also suitable for people who don't drink! Read more for useful tips..
A summer favorite which I often cook when at the seaside- an easy recipe filled with Mediterranean flavors which can be enjoyed hot or cold.
A flavorful salad that can be used as a side dish or a piatto unico
Here is my homage to the approaching spring- the zucchini/pine nuts combination brings back memories of life on the farm with its fresh taste.
A simple summer grain salad with farro, one of my favourite grains!
When a heat wave hits, the idea of eating a hot pasta is not the most appealing- that's why I tend to make cold pasta dishes that can be prepared in advance and kept in the fridge until you are ready to hit the patio or garden in the evening (just remember to pull it out 30 min prior to dinner).
With the onset of good weather, many of you might be polishing your BBQ already!
With no intention of being a spoilsport, remember that grilling meat produces two potentially carcinogenic chemicals: PAH's from the smoke produced by the dripping fats and HCA's from the high cooking temperatures.
What to do?! read on....