Yesterday evening Audrey and Camille came by to eat something together.
I prepared them some spaghetti in a cream, speck and zucchine sauce, easy stuffs. After the main meal, I offered them some cheeses like Grana Padano, Cheddar, Pecorino Toscano and some Mozzarelle and we enjoyed it with some onion-marmalade and some pear&truffle-mustard which is freaking awesome with cheeses, especially with the strong tasted ones like the Grana/Parmigiano. We were talking about Italian and French music and we realized that, most of the singers that are famous in our respective countries and also abroad, like for example Eros Ramazzotti, are not really famous in France or in Italy.
After talking about music, we discussed a bit about art and since I don’t actually know really good Italian artists that are still…alive, I just helped myself by listing the most famous from the renaissance era like Alessandro Botticelli, Michelangelo Buonarrotti, Caravaggio, Raffaello Sanzio, Giotto, Donatello and Leonardo Da Vinci, yes the one who painted the “Gioconda” which is the real name of the Mona Lisa exposed at the Louvre Museum in Paris.
While eating the cheeses we also talked about the different cheeses of the two countries try to find similarities and differences, since December is coming soon we also talked about the food and sweets that we eat during the winter holidays. One of the main dessert looks like a Yule Log and it is basically the same in France and in Italy, the names are respectively Bûche de Noel and Tronchetto di Natale, than I listed the other two most famous Italian winter desserts which are Panettone, a sort of brioche bread cake filled with candied fruits inside; and the second is the Pandoro which is a sweet brioche bread cake that it is eaten with an eggnog cream and it is actually from my city, Verona.
Another interesting one that I never saw before was the Ile flottante that Camille described me as one of the best desserts. Right now I would like to taste and also try to do myself!
I usually don’t like a lot to bake desserts since cakes are a bit more difficult to do than normal cooking, but after last evening I would like to try to bake some of those French desserts.