My favorite Sardinian recipes

 

Sardinia is one of the blessed islands of the Mediterranean, with a rich culture and a diverse background. Because of its positioning, it has gathered many foreign influences over the centuries. Thus, the obvious Italian roots are mixed with unique ingredients from foreign cultures such as French and Tunisian.

Its cuisine is also fascinating because it mixes European influences with the wonderful flavors of the Mediterranean and just a tint of spice from the Middle East. And, because of its local wealth and abundance of natural ingredients, it comes as no surprise that the Sardinian cuisine has become worldwide famous.

If you too are passionate about the Italian cuisine and the Mediterranean influences, I suggest you go through these delicious recipes and experience some of the wonderful flavors Sardinia has to offer you.

 

Cheese

Cagliu and Pecorino Sardo represent some of the island’s most famous types of cheese, each coming with unique flavors that become even more delicious when paired with fresh fruits such as grapes, apples, and pears, or mixed with traditional Mediterranean herbs like coriander, oregano, parsley, and others.

Cagliu is one of the oldest types of cheese originated from Sardinia created from a kid with rumen full of milk. It may sound strange at the beginning, but once you taste it you will forever be grateful for this true Sardinian guilty pleasure.

On the other hand, Pecorino Sardo is one of the most famous Sardinian types of cheese and it is made of pasteurized Sardinian sheep milk with a technique old for at least three centuries. Although it is served in many variations, the European legislation agrees that the cheese can only be called Pecorino Sardo if it is made of Sardinian sheep milk.

Casu Marzu is also a typical Sardinian and Corsican cheese that is only intended for the braves as it is also called the cheese with worms. It is made of a unique combination of goat cheese and worm larvae and it can only be consumed along with the worms, at a certain cream and larvae ratio.

 

Sweets

Seadas is a traditional Sardinian sweet that is famous across the world. It uniquely manages to combine the sweetness of pure honey with the saltiness of Pecorino cheese in a flavor dance that will certainly intrigue your taste buds.

The recipe is quite simple and basic, but the entire flavor stands in the local and natural Sardinian ingredients. So, if you want to replicate the taste, make sure you only appeal to natural and organic ingredients with intense and rich flavors.

You will only need flour, eggs, water, salt, lemon zest, honey, Pecorino cheese, and butter, but it is its simplicity that truly creates the masterpiece of this fine sweet. Seadas is an original dessert of sheepherding communities.

 

How to use a GPS

 

If you’ve been contemplating buying a GPS unit for your car, you are probably aware of the fact that many states in the USA have strictly forbidden its use on certain parts of the windshield or of the dashboard, and that there are some reasons for it.

Just as a phone conversation, texting, an inebriated front seat partner or all other distracting activities are forbidden or strongly recommended against, having a visual element that will most probably keep your eyes off the road is going to pose a continuous threat to the safety of your car ride. This is why you should always check for the legal limits for the use of the GPS and the recommendations of the NHTSA regarding this type of device. After you’ve mounted it in the right position, be sure to not let yourself distracted by the images on the screen and remember that, no matter how accurate the technology is, it can never replace your eyes.

This leads us to our next recommendation, which is to get accustomed to the route before leaving, so that you get an idea about speed limits and geographic features of the road that might not be pointed out by your device. Not only that signal can be lost at times, but maps are in continuous change, and you can never have too much information.

If your unit is a portable one, then it will need to be mounted somewhere in sight, preferably under the level of your wheel. However you place it, special attention must be paid to the mounting process, since a possible accident might turn the unit into a flying threat.

Another important rule is to not program the GPS while you’re driving. Whether you introduce the destination before you start the engine, or you ask a passenger to be in charge of the device, you need to keep your hands on the wheel and your mind focused on the road.

Lastly, many GPS units available on the market nowadays come with integrated voice command, and this is one perk that will certainly help you concentrate your attention on the road, instead of the screen. So if your unit has this feature, use it as many times as you can, for it is designed to ease the interaction between you and the unit, thus minimizing the risks of operating the device.

Simple tips to keep your home clean and tidy

 

I’ve never met a single person that wasn’t complaining about their home being a mess and not having time to do the cleaning. It’s like out of all our priorities in a day, we leave this in the last place. However, it’s a total nightmare when you have unexpected guests and your house looks like someone’s been skipping out the cleaning for weeks or even months.

Don’t feel discouraged because there are ways to cope with this problem. All you need is a little organizing and for you to adopt a small set of rules and habits. In no time, you’ll get used to having your house spotlessly clean.

The first major step is to start making your bed every day. Most people underestimate the power of starting your day by doing this but the fact is that when your room looks neater you instantly feel in a better mental state. According to numerous studies, bed makers are happier and more pleased with their life, in general. Plus, they rest better and get a good night sleep. Therefore, make your bed each morning and you’ll see fast improvements in your personal and professional life.

You’ve probably been through this and you already know how frustrating it is to see tons of clothes and shoes left around your house. Nothing makes a house look messy than clothes that are not put in the closet. So make sure you get your coat and your gym equipment and sneakers and put them where they belong. Plus, try to make a 2-day rule. After 2 days inspect your house and see if you have items hung on chairs or sofas and so on. Grab them, check whether they need to go the laundry. Otherwise, store them appropriately. Once you make this a rule you can even start by doing the check-up daily.

Let’s move on to laundry. Even if you don’t like it, you need to do the laundry every single day. It’s probably your last activity on your fun list but the reality is that, if you ignore the laundry for an entire week, you’ll spend half of your weekend getting it done. On the other hand, if you invest in a good washing machine, such as Electrolux Ergorapido, that allows you to choose between several programs, according to the type of fabric and time.

Do you know how frustrating is to look for a measuring cup and spend half an hour taking each kitchen drawer for a general inspection? It’s a hassle but you can get rid of it if you always put things back where they belong after using them. Being disorganized is a total waste of precious time and money. Not to mention the stress that you go through searching for something. If you stick by this rule, your life will get a whole lot easier.

 

5 things you might not know about Sardinia

 

Sardinia is a wonderful holiday destination known mostly for its amazing beaches and gorgeous landscapes. However, the majority of people and even some Italians have no clue about the uniqueness of this beautiful gem. So, I’ve decided to give you some precious information about this island that you can use if you need to plan a future adventure.

  1. It definitely looks like a desert island.

Most people I know that have traveled to Sardinia confessed to me that from the plane, they had the impression they were visiting a desert island. The thing is that Sardinia has small villages that can be located far from each other. Plus, there’s ton of countryside to admire in between. This place has one of the lowest population density in Italy, with a little over 1,600,000 inhabitants and an area of less than 24,000 square kilometers.

 

  1. Mirto, a divine liquor

In terms of gastronomy, you can’t go to Sardinia and not taste the mouth-watering liqueur called Mirto or myrtle, in English. Basically, the myrtle is a shrub, found in the Mediterranean areas under the name of Macchia. One unique aspect is that this Mirto liqueur is made from berries so it’s pretty strong due to the 32% alcohol content. You can only drink this special beverage in Sardinia and you can order it in every restaurant, usually, after dessert.

However, make sure to try the red Mirto which derives from berries and not the white one, made of its leaves. Locals are fond of the red one because it’s more tasteful.

 

  1. Language

It’s a common mistake to presume that Sardinians speak only Italian. Even though you are still in Italy, you’ll notice a certain dialect, more similar to Spanish, in fact. This local idiom declared an official minority language by the EU and listed in the UNESCO Atlas of the World’s Languages in Danger, Sardinian is a language of its own. Moreover, the dialect can change from village to village. Talk about this cool fact!

  1.  The last species of European wild horses live in Sardinia

If you’re a genuine animal lover, you’ll want to see the ‘Giara di Gesturi’ which is a lovely plateau located in the center of Sardinia where wild horse live. The most notable feature is that these horses are smaller than you’d normally expect and they are not ponies. They are small just like horses used to be more than 10,000 years ago. You should be aware that they are protected by law and you can’t give them any food nor interrupt them from their daily routine.

 

  1. Longevity

Apparently, Sardinia is among those ‘blue zones’ around the Globe where life expectancy is the highest. Then only explanation has to do with the good diet, drinking plenty of goat milk, enjoying one or two glasses of red wine per day, and a nice long walk to get a good night sleep.

 

Going on my first adventure with my RV

 

I had been dreaming of going on my first RV trip for a while before I finally got the guts to embark on such an adventure. I know that there must be many Italians scattered across the US, and making new friends is like second nature to me. So, with that thought in mind, I decided that the best way to connect with my brethren and see how the Italian heritage still thrives on American ground, I organized my first trip.

Nothing beats a good GPS unit

No matter how much a great driver I think I am, I cannot ignore the fact that I need a GPS with me on my trips. I searched quite a while for a model to fit my requirements. I tried this website: bestrvgps.com and I found there some great recommendations that got me started.

Knowing your way around is paramount if you don’t want to get lost and then wait for someone to pass by so you can ask for directions. If you happen to be in an area that is less traveled, you can wait for a long time for that to happen. I will add nothing more here; just get yourself a good GPS unit before you go RV-ing. It will save you a world of trouble.

 

 

Cooking supplies

My purpose of the trip, from the first time I got behind the wheel of my RV, was to visit Italian restaurants across the US. However, this didn’t mean that I would suddenly forget how to cook. That is why I have an RV; I can cook while on the road, and I won’t have to depend on junk food, in case there’s not a single Italian restaurant within a 50-mile radius.

So, if there is one piece of advice I would like to give you is to always pack cooking supplies with you. A portable refrigerator is a must, too, since not all ingredients are dry and can be kept fresh without proper means. Also, go grocery shopping while on the road. It will help you keep healthy and well fed at all times.

Never forget to book your campsite in advance

Now that was something that got me in a bit of a tizzy. I hadn’t realized at that time how important is to book your accommodations in advance. I had always associated RV-ing with having total freedom, but, since there are so many people who go camping, especially in summer, you will discover that these places can be crowded.

That was a lesson I learned, and I want to pass it on. I hope you will make your first trip with your RV as memorable as I made mine. Just don’t forget to pack a lot of supplies and to book campgrounds in advance.