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Posts tagged La Cucina Povera
Traditional dishes of Tuscania

Our adopted home of Tuscania is about 80km north of Rome and 30km south of Tuscany, in an area known alternatively as Tuscia, Maremma, or that stuff you pass as you leave Rome to go to Florence.  As such the culinary roots of the area are an extensive tangle of Roman specialities like pasta (cacio e pepe, amatriciana and our favourite mystery, carbonara) combined with some of the canonical Tuscan dishes like cacciatore, acquacotta and porchetta. There are also some pretty incredible offal and organ dishes within this library that, while not for everyone, are still a really worthwhile thing to try out. 

For a little town there's a lot to choose from, and recipes will very according from one family to another. And trust us, this is in no way a definitive list; we'll keep adding as we go and if anyone has a dish that is a must, we'd love to hear from you. 

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Veal Heart

I know, I know, it's another post about something that you'll probably think is gross. The heart. Because you're all lovers, not fighters and you think that eating a heart is just about as close as you can get to your favourite scene in Hannibal (I hear series 3 gets awesome, by the way). But like many other things, I think that once I've explained how I prepare it and how great it can be, you'll be convinced to try it yourself. It really is a fantastic cut of meat and I very much encourage you to try it out. 

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Sego, some truths about food blogging and an apology

The image above is of beef fat which, when rendered, becomes what we call tallow in English and sego in Italian. Our contemporary opinions of animal fats, which range from the dismissive to the squeamish have resulted in a steady decline in the use of them. We have grown to favour a spectrum of alternative fats: on the one end are oils like Olive, Coconut and Avocado which are all admittedly delicious and carry with them a range of health benefits. On the other end are so called 'healthy' fats like margarine or its like, which are not so much healthy as they are simply unrecognized as having any business in the human body and thus tend to leave as they came, undigested and unchanged. 

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