Friday, March 28, 2008

Video #21 - Cooking with Alberto again - Ribollita

I don't know how to explain to you how happy I am to be able to post these videos from Alberto's kitchen. I'm so proud of what an excellent cook he is and anyone taking this tour will testify to it.

This video is a little long (25 minutes) - I'm so sorry - I will try and make them shorter in the future.
In this video Alberto shows us how to make the best Ribollita soup ever. It's an old Tuscan dish, a hearty soup that you should absolutely try to make!
If you need a list of the ingredients, just let me know...

A Hearty Soup - Tuscan Ribollita from Rebecca Christophersen on Vimeo.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Video #20 - A Mastertaster judges Tuscan wine and more...

The season has finally started. It's not necessarily the weather that gives us the indication. The first signs are always the big tour busses out on the highways and the school groups that invade the Italian art cities just around Easter.

We all wake up from our winter daze and start working again. It's a wonderful sensation but also very tiring the first couple of weeks - and of course spare time is limited. For this reason the frequency of new videos will be reduced during the summer - but I'll try and get a few out to you once in a while.

In the meanwhile, I would love for people to comment on the videos. And remember that you can download them on your Ipod by going into Itunes and typing in "Tuscany" as a search word on the top right - you'll find mine called "Rebecca in Tuscany" (there are two - one with just audio and one with the videos).

And now we come to today's video which is not very serious but very special to me as it stars my daughter Louise. Since she was born she has watched me wine taste and she's learned quite a bit. Her smelling and tasting curiosity has definitely develloped a lot. Enjoy!

Mastertaster Louise for Tuscan Wine Tours from Rebecca Christophersen on Vimeo.

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Video #19 - A cooking lesson in Tuscany "Crostini with Salsiccia" - 3

In this video Alberto shows us how to make his delicious Sausage Crostini.
These are the ingredients:
Chili peppers
Olive Oil

Antipasto - Crostini with Salsiccia from Rebecca Christophersen on Vimeo.

Friday, March 7, 2008

Video #18 - Another Tuscan cooking lesson with Alberto - "Tagliatelle con Capocollo" - 2

This is a fairly simple recipe - the ingredients should all be rather easy to find.
In this episode Alberto prepares the pasta sauce and Marzia takes us through the steps of making fresh pasta.
Name of the dish would be tagliatelle con capocollo and here in Italy it is considered a "primo piatto". This is seriously one of my favourite pasta dishes.

Pasta tagliatelle with capocollo from Rebecca Christophersen on Vimeo.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Video #17 - Tuscan Cooking Lesson "Stufato di maiale" - 1

Time for a little break from all the wine videos I have put up recently. I convinced my good friends Alberto & Marzia to host some cooking lessons, so you can expect more delicious recepies up in the next few days.
This recipe is absolutely delicious - stufato di maiale - pork casserole - which is considered a secondo - so a second course. Enjoy!

Stufato di Maiale / Roman port stew from Rebecca Christophersen on Vimeo.

Monday, March 3, 2008

Video #16 - My Umbrian Wine Tour

Whichever most beautiful place you live in, it's always refreshing to see another area. So I decided to head out to the neighbouring region of Umbria early Friday morning. My friend Brenda had planned the perfect day touring the wine region of SAGRANTINO DI MONTEFALCO choosing mostly small "garage" wineries.
I met Brenda and her lovely friend Doreen by the town that they live in, Spello. Brenda and Doreen are two expats that after having moved to Italy have found a love for wine just like myself. Their town Spello is a little gem close to the notorious town of Assisi and just North of the wine region that gives birth to the authoctone grape varietal, the Sagrantino.
When I arrived and teamed up with the girls, I felt like I couldn't have been in better hands for the perfect Umbrian wine tour!
These are the wineries that we went to:
- Ruggeri
- Antano
- Paolo Bea (will be available for purchase on
- Arnaldo Caprai

Upon request from a wine producer who didn't believe his winery was correctly displayed, the video has been removed.

Umbrian wine tour - Sagrantino di Montefalco from Rebecca Christophersen on Vimeo.
PS. If my video has made you more interested in Sagrantino wines, I recommend you watch Gary Vaynerchuck's tasting episode of 3 Sagrantinos. Here's the link: