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May 28, 2011 12:09 AM

My long Tuscan Lunch

On a recent trip to Tuscany my partner & I became a fan of long, Tuscan lunches with a carafe of wine. For Mother's Day I put together a 6 course menu of my favourites which took 4 days of preparation. Well worth it and would recommend this menu to anyone

Beef Carpaccio
With Arugula & Shaved Parmesan , Drizzled with Olive Oil

White Bean & Roasted Garlic Soup
Served Over Garlic Bruschetta

Quail Ravioli
With a Root Vegetable Reduction, Topped with Shaved Truffle

Wild boar Stew
Slow Cooked with Spices & Wine, Served with Baby Carrots

Limoncello Gelato & limoncello shot

Assorted Cheeses (eg~ pecorino) with honey

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  1. Your long Tuscan lunch has my mouth watering and it's very early in the morning here. :)

    What lucky guests!

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    1. re: mcel215

      It was delicious... I did forget to mention deep fried zucchini blossoms too!
      I got the boar recipe from "Dolce & Salata" by Marlena de Blasi - a great read if you are interested in Tuscan cuisine. The meat was marinated for three days and then cooked for hours in wine and spices. It was superb.
      The quail ravioli (from Stefano de Piere) was also a stand out. The recipe didn't include truffle but I added it anyway. Yum!

      1. re: mandarin

        I served Wild Boar Soprasata that I bought at Salumia in the North End of Boston last Easter. It was superb.

        I had zucchini blossoms stuffed with Ricotta cheese, deep fried and drizzled with honey once and they were TDF.

        Like I said, amazing menu and very lucky guests. :)

        1. re: mandarin

          Your Pranzo sounds absolutely divine mandarin. Tuscany is quite simply one of our most cherished vacation destinations.

          I'm also a big fan of Marlena de Blasi and thought I'd read all her books but this is a new one to me. I'm wondering if it was released in the US and Canada? Marlena has two cookbooks as well which are quite good.

          I don't know if you've read her "A Thousand Days In Tuscany" but it's one of my personal favourites. If you're a fan of Montalcino and haven't read "Vanilla Beans & Brodo" as well.

          1. re: Breadcrumbs

            Breadcrumbs, I just looked at some web views of the pages in Dolce e Salata, and it is the same text as A Thousand Days in Tuscany (which I've just started enjoying, by the way). Judging by the availability, it is probably the Australian version.

            1. re: L.Nightshade

              LN thanks so much, I came soooo close to ordering it on Abe's but I decided to "save for later" since it wasn't cheap. So glad you shared this, thank-you!! Also delighted you're enjoying the book.

          2. re: mandarin

            Could you share the marinade for the boar--unless it would not be right for domestic pork--?
            Limoncello gelato, wow!

        2. So, when are you opening your trattoria? Sounds divine.

          1. Mandarin, I'm very impressed, your menu looks beautiful! I hope your guests truly appreciated the thought and labour that went into this meal.

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            1. re: L.Nightshade

              Blueroom - the "wild boar" recipe was actually using domestic pork as per Marlena De Blasis book "A Thousand Days in Tuscany" aka "Dolce and Salata (I've seen both here in Australia and thought they were different - ooops). The spice rub the pork was marintated in consisted of peppercorns, juniper berries & salt. Not much really... but it was then cooked in more spices, wine and tomato. I would recommend reading the book for her tips. It was devine... the pork was so tasty and tender. I served it with a couple of baby carrots

              The limoncello gelato I served in a hollowed out lemon surrounded by some branch and leaf - which gave a it a nice "Tuscan farmyard" touch.

              I am now working on putting together something similar with a Roman theme... hmmmm