Sunday, 13 January 2019

DOLCE RECIPE: TIRAMISU

Tiramisu is a classic Italian dish.  This simple to make, no-bake dessert with it's cafe-infused creamy goodness always hits the spot after a great meal!  

In many Italian households, it is often the dessert reserved for that special family dinner or  celebration.  Since it's such a huge part of the traditional Italian menu, many individuals share fond memories with this dish.  What's more, the word, "tira-mi-su," translates to "pick-me-up" - so how can you not feel happy after eating this dish?!

While the traditional tiramisu is made with marscapone, many individuals - including my mother - opt to use ricotta instead, creating a lighter version of the classic dessert.  Also, the classic tiramisu recipe calls for raw eggs, however many individuals choose to cook them to be on the safer side.  

Below you will find the recipe for this lighter version, and I promise you, it's pretty easy to make!

Hope you enjoy it! 

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Tiramisu 

1 ricotta (500 grams)
1 whipping Cream (500 ml)
1 pkg of ladyfinger cookies
3 cups of espresso coffee
2 pasteurized eggs
3 tablespoons of sugar
3-4 tablespoons of cocoa powder

*If wanted you can add 3-5 tablespoons of liquor (such as brandy, rum or amaretto) for added taste.

Step 1: 
Pour espresso into a bowl and mix with alcohol.  Set aside.

Step 2:
Pour the whipping cream into a bowl; using a hand blender or stand mixer with whisk attachment, mix the cream on high until it forms stiff peaks (like the texture of ready-made whip cream).

Step 3:
Mix the raw eggs with the ricotta cheese, along with three tablespoons of sugar.  Using a hand blender or stand mixer with whisk attachment, blend until the mixture becomes thick and smooth. Fold the whipped cream into the yolk and cheese mixture.
*Note: If you do not feel comfortable using raw eggs, you can whisk the eggs and sugar together in the top of a double broiler (or in a heat-resistant bowl over a pot of simmering water).  Stir the mixture constantly over the low heat, until the temperature of the yolks reaches 160 degrees F. Let the egg mixture cool before blending with the cheese.  

Step 4: 
Get a standard baking dish (glass is always preferred), and set beside your coffee.  Grab your ladyfingers and VERY briefly dip them into the espresso (like one second - the cookies should still be a little dry after briefly dipping them).  Line the ladyfingers along the bottom of the dish.  
*NOTE: DO NOT flip the ladyfingers to coat the other side, and do not let them sit in the espresso for too long, as you will have a mushy tiramisu.  

Step 5:
Once you have the bottom of the dish fully lined, top with half of the custard mixture, spreading evenly over the layer of cookies.  Repeat step 4 with the remaining lady fingers, then top with the rest of the custard mixture, once again spreading evenly over the cookies.  

Step 6:  
Sprinkle cocoa powder on top.  Then, cover the dish tightly and refrigerate for at least 4-5 hours or overnight.

Step 7:
Serve and enjoy!

(@luigiarestaurant)

Monday, 7 January 2019

MUSIC MONDAY ~ N.38

Happy New Year!  

Cheers to the first official post of 2019!  Hope this year has been off to great start for you!

To kick off the 2019 Music Monday series, Viva la Dolce is happy to share a beautiful duet by iconic singer, Andrea Bocelli, and his son, Matteo Bocelli.

The single, Fall on Me, which marks Andrea's first musical collaboration with his son, is from Andrea's latest album, Si. The song is also featured in the end credits of the film, The Nutcracker and The Four Realms and was most recently performed for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex at the 2018 Royal Variety Performance.

When asked about his son's voice, Andrea explained to Billboard: "Technically they are very different, but there is one thing that makes them similar: the attitude.  That characteristic way of expressing yourself through your voice. This makes Matteo and I very similar. But that is something that you cannot learn, that cannot be taught.  That is something you are born with."

Check out the song's heartfelt video and touching lyrics below:





Monday, 19 November 2018

Music Monday ~ N.37

Hey all!  It's been a little while...Hope you're having a fantastic November :) 

I'm excited to share some new music with you on this Music Monday!

The song is called, "Pianeti," and it is by Italian rapper, Ultimo, otherwise known as Niccolò Moriconi.  The 22-year-old artist, has been producing one success after another, and even won first place in the "New Proposals" category at this year's Sanremo Music Festival.

His song is an emotional ballad, mixed with some rap breaks, which altogether creates a  unique and catchy sound.

Check it out for yourself with the video below! 
Don't forget to follow along with the lyrics and English translation, found below.



Monday, 22 October 2018

music monday ~ N.36

This Music Monday features Italian rapper and singer, Fred De Palma, otherwise known as Federico Palana.  This 29 year old artist started in the competition scenes of Milano and Torino. Slowly he climbed up the ranks, even garnering a spot on the second season of MTV Italy's freestyle rap competition programme, Spit, along the way.

Now as a Warner Music artist, De Palma, released his latest album, Hanglover, from which we hear today's featured song, "Un'altra notte" ("Another Night").  This song, which features Italian artist, Giulia Jean, talks about a broken relationship.  The two individuals are missing each other, and expressing their heart break, as they remember some tender moments during their troubled time together.

Check out the full translation of lyrics below, as well as the video!


Saturday, 20 October 2018

SQ1's One Night in La Dolce Vita 2018

Wednesday evening, I had the pleasure of attending Square One's second annual, "One Night in La Dolce Vita," a fundraiser benefitting both Oakville Hospital Foundation and Trillium Health Partners Foundation. Once again, no detail was spared on this amazing event, fully immersing guests in an authentic Italian experience complete with great food, decor and music!

The grand rotunda was transformed for the evening, with a beautiful fountain found in the centre surrounded by beautiful red roses and lush greenery.  Marble-esque statues, red roses and beautiful greenery were sprinkled throughout the venue, specifically around the various food stations which included a pasta bar, antipasto bar and fish bar complete with lobster and oysters.  There were a few new additions this year, including a "panzerottini" station by Jamie's Italian restaurant, that served mini panzerotti stuffed with smoked scarmorza and gremolata dusted with chili, fennel and grated parmigiano (so yummy!), as well as, a gelato ape truck providing a variety of tasty gelato treats.

Seeing as the evening was Venetian-inspired, the 1600 guests in attendance had the opportunity to witness the creation of glass-blown flowers, be greeted by Venetian stilt walkers, and take a photo on a gondola with singing gondoliers. 

While you weren't participating in one of those actives or indulging in the great food and drink, you could enjoy the various promotions and services offered by the various participating shops, such as Harry Rosen's specially curated pieces for the event; complimentary makeup and skincare consultations offered at Holt Renfrew; one-of-a-kind bracelet design at Links of London Sweetie Bracelet Design Bar; or personalized styling sessions with Michael Kors stylists.  Many stores also provided the opportunity to enter a draw to win a shopping spree, and/or offered complimentary food and drinks.  Just as they did last year, participating retailers donated 10% of their sales to the two foundations; in fact, Alex and Ani donated an extra 5%, making their total contribution 15% of their sales.

As if the event was not delightful enough already, guests also got the chance to see a pizza contest hosted by restauranteur, Janet Zuccarini - who was the Master of Ceremonies for the event - and celebrity chef, Bobby Flay!  With his well-known competitive spirit, chef Bobby Flay was the perfect host for such a competition, and not only delivered well, but surprised the audience with a decision to match the $5,000 prize with an additional $5,000 of his own, making the grand prize of the pizza contest a $10,000 donation to the winner's choice of foundation.  It was truly an exciting site to see! 

Between the 100% of proceeds from tickets sales, proceeds given by participating retailers, including the Venetian glass blower, and a donation by Raffi Jewellers, the event raised over $90,000 collectively for the two foundations. What a success! 

Much praise to the event organizers for transporting us all to il bel paese for one delightful evening, all while benefitting a great cause!  I can still hear the beautiful live Italian music from Carlo Coppola and his band as we all danced the night away! Grazie Square One!

If you are further interested in learning more about this event and/or how to donate to the two foundations, please visit the Square One - One Night in La Dolce Vita - event page as well as the Oakville Hospital Foundation page and the Trillium Health Partners Foundation page.

Check out some highlights of the evening below: 














Thursday, 4 October 2018

Dolce To-Do ~ October



October is here and there is lots to see and do!  With Thanksgiving and Halloween, and all the pumpkin spice in between, this month is full of many dolce experiences.  If you're not sure where to start, just check out the ideas below to help in your planning :)

1. Take a fall road trip ~ With all the beautiful colours of the season, October is the optimal time to take a scenic drive.  Bring along your favourite soundtrack for the perfect ride!

2. Create a fall playlist ~ Speaking of road trip music, you can also make a playlist for the season!  Often times, with the change of season, comes a change of sound in music, as well.  As we surround ourselves with cozy knits, baked goods, and warm glows from the fireplace, we usually feel the desire for more relaxing, and subdued tunes. Go ahead, grab a pumpkin-spice latte, curl up with a blanket, and start saving those favourite songs! 

3.Visit a famer's market ~ Fresh fruit, fresh veggies, fresh pie...oh my! With the harvest in full swing, October is a great time to visit your local farmer's market.  Take advantage of the seasonal fruits and vegetables to create some healthy, organic meals.

4. Visit a pumpkin patch ~ With Thanksgiving and Halloween to celebrate, pumpkins are a must during the month of October!  Picking out a unique pumpkin from a patch is a fun activity for all ages.  What's more, most places offer other enjoyable activities such as hay rides, mazes, and zoo visits, as well as, fresh food made on the premise.  Plan accordingly and make a day out of your visit!

5. Jump in a pile of leaves ~ Although there is much yard work to do once the leaves start falling, there is also much fun to be had!  Take a break from the yard chores, be a kid again (or call your kids along, if you have any) and have some fun playing in the leaves!

6. Sweater season ~ Fall calls for cozy knits!  Indulge in a little shopping, and pick out your favourite trends of the season to help keep you warm!

7. Update your look ~ With fall comes darker tones in the hair and makeup world.  Consider switching up your lighter locks for a darker shade, and switch out the softer lip colours for deeper tones such as crimson red, burgundy, or maroon.

8. Get crafty! ~ With the holidays and seasonal change in October, there are ample opportunities to create some interesting crafts.  Consider designing a beautiful centerpiece for Thanksgiving, painting a picture of the colours of fall, or decorating a pumpkin!


9. Watch a Halloween inspired movie ~ Whether you're into light humor, or something super scary, grab some popcorn and tune into your favorite Halloween inspired film to help get into the holiday spirit!

10. Get costume ready ~  Have some fun with this - just think, for one day, you can be anyone/thing you want to be!  Whether you're taking kids trick-or-treating, handing out candy, or attending a Halloween soiree, put in some effort and look the part! ;)



Monday, 1 October 2018

MUSIC MONDAY ~ N.35

Hello October!  We are officially knee-deep in the fall season, and I couldn't be happier!  The colours of nature, the crisp air and the fun holidays, make this month such a special treat!

To kick off the month, Viva la Dolce has a unique Music Monday song to share.  The song is, "Start Again" by American pop rock band, OneRepublic and features Milanese-Italian rapper, Vegas Jones. This unique collaboration results in an ear-catching track with OneRepublic's talented vocals nicely complimented by Vegas Jones' melodic rap.  What's more, this multi-lingual collaboration is a great way to introduce the Italian language to english-speaking listeners, as the song is mainly in English with only a small rap section in Italian.

Find out for yourself how great this tune is by watching and listening to the video below.  As always, a translation of the Italian lyrics, can be found below the video.

Happy listening!



 

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