Silvia receives a lesson in an Italian peasant tradition – vincisgrassi; one of her childhood friends helps out with a spring classic of lamb chops with asparagus; Silvia also whips up a party favourite – bread pockets with cheese and stewed capsicum; and, with her mum’s help, she revives a long-lost recipe for sponge cake peaches.
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9 Oct 2014 - 2:26 PM  UPDATED 8 Jul 2016 - 1:08 PM

Silvia Colloca travels to Macerata in Le Marche, where she receives lesson in an Italian peasant tradition – vincisgrassi (or lasagne, Marche-style). Heading south to Castelbottaccio in Molise, Silvia and her mother embark on a quest to find a long-lost recipe for sponge cake peaches (pesche di Castelbottaccio). Next up is a nostalgic trip to Abruzzo, a land Silvia holds close to her heart, where she reminisces on cherished childhood memories and visits one of her dearest childhood friends. Together, they create a spring classic - lamb chops with asparagus. Then heading home to Torricella Silvia puts her bread baking skills to the test and whips up a party favourite - bread pockets with cheese and stewed capsicum.

 

Recipes

Lasagne Marche-style (vincisgrassi) 

Sponge cakes from Castebottaccio (pesche di castelbottaccio)

Grilled lamb chops with asparagus and mint

Bread pockets with cheese and stewed capsicum (calzoni con caciocavallo e peperonata)