Zuppa Minestrone by Chef Roberto Cimmino

I have always wanted to learn how to cook authentic Zuppa Minestrone and I finally got down to learning an authentic recipe from Chef Roberto Cimmino a few weeks back at the Maya Kitchen. Ever since I dined at Dinelli last year, I have tried in vain several recipes of Minestrone but could not seem to set my foot on a perfect one, until Chef Rob’s workshop.

Amongst all the cooking and baking workshops I have attended at The Maya Kitchen, this particular workshop with Chef Roberto Cimmino of Edsa Shangri-la Hotel is one of my favorites. He was a natural and I have learned quite a bit of tips that he shared and a handful of anecdotes from his homeland, Italy. One of which is it is way better to make your own mayonnaise right at home than buy from the supermarket. While it might not be so easy for a beginner, his summon to just get down to it and make one made it sound so doable.  I love it! And I just might get that done very soon!

Meanwhile, here is Chef Roberto Cimmino’s Minestrone recipe.

Zuppa Minestrone, Italian Vegetable Stew with Prosciutto and Parmesan
(serves 4)

1 zucchini, diced
1 wedge of squash, diced
2 very ripe native tomato, diced
1 broccoli, shredded
1 cauliflower, shredded
Handful of spinach, chopped
Handful of Dry bean “cannellini” or Borlotti, soaked in water for 1 day
Parma ham and parmesan chunk
100 ml extra virgin olive oil
1 small can Italian canned peeled tomato, crushed
Handful of garlic, finely chopped
Handful of onion, julienned
A stalk of celery, diced
1 carrot, diced
1 stalk of leek, julienned
Half cabbage, chopped
Quarter of Ube/Taro, diced
Handful of fresh basil
Bread from yesterday
1 or 2 potato, diced
Some toasted hazelnut
Handful of shallots, chopped
Some macaroni (optional)

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Dinelli Date at 50% off via Metrodeal

When I saw from the Metrodeal Facebook Page that they were offering 50% for Dinelli Gourmet deal, I knew I just had to check it out. Fine dining at such a steal should be worth the try, I thought. And I cannot be more right. 🙂

Dinelli’s ambiance is skillfully designed with warm yellow lighting. A perfect night cap place. Now, I’m not sure about it being fine dining looking for my taste. But their menu sure offer a variety of gourmet steaks and choices of cheeses that are common to fine dining places. Good enough for me and I was not one bit disappointed. 🙂

My first Metrodeal review has already got me sold out that this group buying site is no fraud. I got turned off by one of the other group buying sites in the past, so I have been more careful since.

I was pleasantly surprised to learn that Dinelli Gourmet was located in the same building where I took my one week course in Maquillage Professionel last week.  I thought it was the perfect time to ask one of my girls in church who might be available. I was so glad Clarissa was available for lunch last Wednesday.  This is something I hope to do every so often from hereon out. 🙂

Grilled Chicken Pesto Fusilli, P300

Grilled marinated chicken breast with basil, pesto and Grana Padano

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