Welcome back to another week of Nerdie Foodie! Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. And this is my love letter to a very famous unofficial official couple: Romeo and Juliet. Thanks to the bard, William Shakespeare.
I went through a phase where I was obsessed with the 2010 movie Letters to Juliet. Yes, it’s super cheesy, but it gives you ALL THE FEELS!! Having a tub of ice cream or chocolates or even both is a must when watching this movie. You can find the movie in the link below.
I went as far as buying the book that the movie was based off of and found the history behind the real Juliet club and her secretaries. Where else can a girl go to find advice from someone whom understands what it is like to have love lost than Juliet? And of course, I was giddy when I found out the book also included the patented recipe of the original Baci di Giulietta cookies (we’ll touch on this later). If you are wanting to read the book yourself, you can find it here!
But this is a love letter to Romeo and Juliet, Foodie style of course. So, I found some traditional and modern recipes. Let’s go!
We have landed in Verona, Italy. Let’s meet Romeo. A Montague. Deborah Mele (from Italian Food Forever) shows us how to make Baci di Romeo (Romeo’s Kisses). These cookies look dangerously delicious! Check out the recipe here!
Enter Juliet Capulet. Deborah now shows us how to make Baci di Giulietta (Juliet’s Kisses). This recipe is the non-alcoholic version. If you want to add a bit of zing to this recipe you can add 1 teaspoon of rum, cognac or Grand Marnier to the filling (as per Enzo Perlini’s patented recipe in the book, Letters to Juliet by Lise Friedman and Ceil Friedman). Check out the recipe here!
Romeo and Juliet
This modern take on the Romeo and Juliet cookies is beautiful. The contrast between white and dark chocolate with the raspberry preserves between two cookies sounds sinfully divine. Robyn Fuoco (from Almacucina) shows us how here!
Brazilian Romeu e Julieta
Now let’s jet off to Brazil where their Romeo and Juliet dessert (or snack) is also gluten-free but features the contrast between sweet guava paste and salty cheese. Sasha Martin (from Global Table Adventure) shows us how here!
Fun Fact: In Uruguay, they have a VERY similar recipe called the Martin Fierro. Thanks for that tidbit Global Table Adventure!
Let’s start off something modern with Romeo and Juliet cupcakes! A guava and cream cheese pairing with a chocolate base. This is a modern take of the Brazilian recipe. Denise Browning (from Easy and Delish) shows us how here!
If cupcakes are not your thing, what about ice cream? Again, based off of the traditional Brazilian recipe, Tastemade shows us how here! Note: Video is at the top of the page and fully written recipe is near the bottom.
Wanting something lighter than ice cream? Why not put an Italian twist to the same Brazilian recipe? That’s right! Guava and cheese in panna cotta form! Georgina (from The Amazing Flavours of Brazil) show us how here!
To top it all off, why not try this alcoholic bevvy? This Romeo and Juliet drink is created by Stephen Phillips (from HGTV). I promise you, it does not contain any guava or cheese. Check out the recipe here!
There you have it folks! If you want to have a themed Valentine’s Day party this year, why not celebrate it Romeo and Juliet’s way – food wise of course, because opposites really do attract!
‘Til next time,