G is for Gelato

Oh Gelato, the wonderful creamy goodness. One of Italy’s most popular import products. Originally from Sicily (hey, we’re re-visiting this island again! The Sicilians are a bunch of inventive people…), the Italian word gelato is derived from the Latin word gelatus, which literally means frozen. So you’re eating frozen. Just let it go.   Anyways, the story…

F is for Foccacia with Sea Salt, Rosemary, and Olives

After visiting Capri, Emilia-Romagna & San Marino, and Sicily, we’re traveling to yet another region in Italy. It’s time to take a trip to Liguria, in the northwestern part of the boot, neighbouring France. Supposedly, the name derives from the Latin word for hearth or place of baking: focus. Which seems like a probable reason to…

E is for Even More Crostini

Crostini might just be the best thing to have ever been created. I’m not kidding. A crunchy base of bread, infused with garlic and olive oil, topped off with whatever combination of fresh ingredients you can think of. You might’ve noticed the terms bruschetta and crostini being interchanged, although technically they are different. Crostini are typically round…

Week 1 of the A to Z Challenge

The first week of the A-Z Challenge is over! I’ve seen loads of great posts, came across pretty awesome blogs, and got a lot of nice comments myself as well! Thank you so much, guys! Let’s rock the next three weeks! Here’s a re-cap of what I made the last week: A is for Arancini…

D is for Dining in Italy

There is quite an art to dining in Italy. And I mean dining in the formal sense, so not just a meal that you quickly prepare and eat after a long day at work,  but an actual sit-down, take-your-time dinner, for celebratory reasons or when dining out with friends. In Italy it’s not just starter, main,…

C is for Caprese

From the coast of Ipanema to the Island of Capri… And that’s where we’ll end our journey. The Island of Capri, located in the Mediterranean Sea on the western shore of the boot of Italy, is the birthplace of one of Italy’s most loved dishes. Well, actually Napels is, but the salad wasn’t named after…

B is for Bustrengo

Forget everything you know about apple pie. I mean literally everything. Cause this Bustrengo is an apple pie like you haven’t had before. Bustrengo is a traditional Sammarinese recipe. Wait what? Sammarinese? What the hell is that? Well, my dear readers, this is the first recipe ever that I know about which originally comes from the…

A is for Arancini

The A-Z Challenge has begun! And day A already brings you so much greatness with these wonderful Arancini. These cuties are Sicilian rice balls. Filled rice balls, mind you. The name derives from the Italian word for oranges, which the rice balls definitely do resemble after you have deep fried them. Although nowadays most of the…

A to Z Challenge Theme Reveal!

As you may or may not have read in my previous post, I am participating in quite an exciting blogging challenge in April; the A to Z Challenge! I’ve briefly mentioned what it was about, but seeing that April is drawing closer with each passing minute, it was about time for a more detailed explanation….

Film Friday – Big Night

There’s food. There’s film. Sometimes there’s both. When heaven and earth collide, films about food happen. Therefore, I’m introducing a new bi-weekly topic on Basil and Oil; Film Friday. A post where I’ll talk about which film I love, and why, and where I’ll definitely urge you to watch it asap. The first food-film is a special one….

The Basics of Risotto

I’m going to Rome in April! It will be officially six whole years since my trip to the most beautiful city in the world. Six years, people, I was 16 back then. Do you realize how old I am getting? However, now I’ll definitely fit in between the ancient buildings and rich history. So to prepare…

Lasagna al Forno

I’ll just straight up say it. I am not a big fan of lasagna. I do not NOT like it, but I don’t particularly love it. To some of you this might seem strange, as I have just confessed my undying love for pasta in the previous hearty post. However, I finally found out why…