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Friday, February 17, 2017

Making Sgroppino with Venetian Chef Marika Contaldo Seguso

I’m so happy to share with you today the delicious recipe of “Sgroppino” a refreshing Venetian treat, like a cold “digestivo” that we served after a meal in Venice.
And here is how to make it at home, recipe courtesy of my dear Venetian friend and celebrity Chef Marika Contaldo Seguso. Marika will be sharing weekly some of her delicious recipes with me and all of us in my BLOG.
I’m very honored of this collaboration as Chef Marika is an incredible woman and a very accomplish Chef.
She is the Chef and the Owner of “Acquolina”, a catering company in New York and also of Villa Ines in Venice, a cooking School and a small and exclusive boutique hotel.

With her catering compamy “Acquolina” Marika has been organizing for almost 20 year upscale events of the highest level for the biggest names of international fashion world such as Ferragamo, Giorgio Armani, Bulgari, Dolce & Gabbana, Dior and Cartier, just to mention a few, in Milan, Venice and New York.

Since a few years she also shares her incredible talent and passion for good food, inherited by her parents and skilled grandmothers, giving cooking classes at Villa Ines in the beautiful Lido of Venice. 

Villa Ines is a splendid Liberty villa surrounded by an historical garden and it is not only the site of the Cooking School and of the small and exclusive boutique hotel, but also her home where she lives with her husband and four children but also a real gem in Venice.

I was lucky to experience her incredible talent and also the charm of Villa Ines, last year, while I was invited to surprise some special fans in Venice at their wedding day with a few songs.
Villa Ines is also the prestigious residence of the family Seguso, as Marika is married to one of the Seguso children, one of the most prestigious family of Glass Makers in Venice.
I will have to share more about this on my next BLOG and soon on my Youtube serie “One Minute In Venice”.

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And here is the Marika’s recipe of the Sgroppino:

For the Lemon Ice cream:
200 gram of heavy cream
170 gram sugar  
200 ml Whole Milk
Juice of 3 Organic Lemon
Vanilla extract (1/2 tbs)
1.         Mix in a bowl a little warm milk, the sugar and then add the cold heavy cream first, then add the fresh squeeze lemon juice.
2.         Place in the ice cream machine for at least 25 minutes.
3.         Pour in a deep chilled container and place in the freezer.
For the Sgroppino:
1 tbs Absolute Lemon Vodka
1/4 cup Prosecco Wine
1/3 cup Sprite
1.         Add the Prosecco, Vodka and Sprite to the Ice cream and whisk with an electric blender to reach a smooth creamy consistency.
2.         Has to be creamy enough to be drink in a glass
3.         Serve in flute glasses. 

And here on the picture above the delicious “Sgroppino”, served in a very beautiful Venetian Seguso Glass .

Cin Cin e Buon appetito.
From Venice With Love,

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