Domenico Barbaja 1820S
1 May May 2015 0900 3 years ago

The Barbajada

The recipe of St. Isidore

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St. Isidore the Farmer, who had whatched over the city from the top of his spire for centuries, during next months will tell us about the most enjoyable traditions of Milan cooking.In occasion of Expo2015, it is important to rediscover our own origins even at the table, because feeding the planet means also being able to value its products. The aim is to use them according to thoughts given by an usually poor but natural cooking as the one in Milan.

For this reason, Get your Spire decided to lead you through all those traditional dishes; we chose as representative for Expo2015 a Saint who, during his entire life, became expert of field products while working hard to cultivate them.

At present, St. Isidore watches over the city from the top of his spire, and he was able to increase his knowledge about cooking traditions of Milan people.

An easy and fast-to-prepare receipt opens our news column; this course has always liven up afternoons of Milan people.

The Barbajada is a drink made of coffee and chocolate, which derives its name from his inventor Domenico Barbaja. He has been a music agent at the beginning of the Nineteenth century and he worked with artists as Rossini, Bellini and Donizetti. Maybe they had the chance of tasting this little whim while working at their most famous compositions.

Ingredients for 2:

2 small cups of coffee

2 small cups of milk

2 small cups of water

1 spoon of cocoa



Mix all the ingredients in a pot and bring them to a boil.
With a whisk, whip the compound until a white lather appears on the top, then take it off the fire and help.
On wintertime, it is usually served hot with cream; on summer, it is also excellent cold.

Have you already tasted this recipe? If you wish to taste the Milan tradition, you can find this dish at Rest@Duomo