Category Italy

Transnational meeting in ancient Portogruaro, Italy

We just finished our third Transnational Project Meeting in Portogruaro, near Venice, in northern Italy. Associazione 2050 did a wonderful job, with a good working program, some nice cultural activities and a cooking session with a newcomer. We presented and… Continue Reading →

Celebrating the day of the three kings with NIK

On January 5th, when Italians celebrate the arrival of the Three Kings at the light of bonfires, with warm wine and pinza – the typical sweet bread of Venice – and the Befana (the Old Lady), the Italian NIK team… Continue Reading →

Preparing Chicken Karhai with Associazione 2050 in Venice

Associazione 2050 organises cooking sessions on a regular basis in Venice, Italy. This time they organised a session with newcomers from Pakistan and some young friends tot prepare Chicken Karhai together. You will find the short video of the session… Continue Reading →

First NIK Cooking Session in Italy

Last August, 2050 has organized a first cooking session for NIK inviting two young refugees from Pakistan and Mali, Rohan and Mohammed, and three high school students from the local “Liceo Scientifico” to learn how to cook the “Chicken Karahi”…. Continue Reading →

Kheer (Pakistani Rice Pudding)

Cultural background Kheer or Firni is a pudding made by boiling milk and sugar with one of the following: rice, broken wheat, tapioca, vermicelli, or sweet corn. It is flavoured with cardamom, raisins, saffron, cashews, pistachios, almonds or other dry… Continue Reading →

Almond paste cookies Mediterranean style

Cultural background Almonds and other nuts are deep rooted in Mediterranean history and industries dating back thousands of years. Explorers ate this nut as they travelled between Asia and the Mediterranean on the Silk Road. And shortly afterward, almond trees… Continue Reading →

Maamoul cookies

Cultural background Maamoul are an ancient cookie from the Arab world. They are very popular in Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Israel, and Palestine. Ma’amoul means “stuffed” in Arabic. These flavorful cookies can be stuffed with a number of different fillings such… Continue Reading →

Moroccan Chicken Tagine

Cultural background Foods cooked tagine-style appeared in The Thousand and One Nights in the ninth century. In the book “Tagines & Couscous” author Ghillie Basan traces the flavours of the Moroccan tagine: “Although originally a Berber dish, the tagine has… Continue Reading →

Baba Ganoush

Cultural background The Oxford English Dictionary defines “baba ganoush” as “a Middle Eastern (originally Lebanese) dish of puréed roasted aubergine, garlic, and tahini.” Often other ingredients are added, like mint, onions, and various spices. It is a typical meze (‘starter’)… Continue Reading →

Italian Peperonata: Cod spread on bread

Cultural background The peperonata is a very tasty summer side dish, ideal as an accompaniment to delicate meats or fish. It is a very ancient typical Mediterranean recipe, perhaps coming from the Hellenistic tradition, it is very popular and appreciated… Continue Reading →

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