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Meringues – The end!

Final recipe! I still can’t believe 70 weeks are passed and 140 recipes has been cooked BY ME!! However I have loved it but like all the nice stuff, it needs to finish!

And I wanted to finish it in the best way, with a little cake for me, my 30th birthday, the end of my challenge and the 6 kilos lost! Ok I didn’t win the challenge, but I reached what I wanted: I saw that a total change is possible, that you can loose weight also enjoying food, that I’m strong enough to decide something and reach the end and finally that I can even cook my mum recipes!!! It was an amazing adventure!!!

The final recipe needed to be Meringues because it’s one of my favorite sweets and because I tried to do them so many times without any good result, that I need to solve the mystery once for ever! So here is the recipe that finally make me have my fantastic meringues that I use to make a “zuppa inglese meringata”.

Ingredients for around 30 meringues of a medium size: 4 eggs white (around 150gr), so 300gr sugar, and a pinch of salt. Then for the cream for the “zuppa inglese” just use: the 4 yolks egg remained, 4 spoons sugar, 2 spoons flour, and 400ml milk.

Start preparing your mixer. Put in it the 4 white eggs, a pinch of salt and the turn on the machine. At this point add the sugar little by little and let the machine go for around 30 minutes. Don’t stop until the point that if you place a spoon in it, the spoon will come up with a spongy dense cream that won’t fell. If really never get dense you can add a pinch of flour.

Turn on the oven at 140 degree and place some baking foil on the baking pan. Put all the mix in a pipe and create some round meringues.Put them in the oven at 120 degree for around 40 minutes or until you see them get burn underneath.
The pass them at a low grill for other 20 minutes and then again on the fire for 40 minutes. In this way they will come a bit colored and crunchy.

In the meantime use the other eggs to make this cream; mix the eggs with the sugar and then add the flour and a bit of milk just to made it fluid. Let boil the rest of the milk and then add it to the mix. Put all on a low fire until it gets thicker.

When the meringues will be ready, smash one of them in a glass,   add the cream and a full meringue on top. Enjoy my meringued zuppa inglese… I think the perfect recipe to close my blog.

PS. Mamy vi ho stupito con effetti speciali eh? Non pensavate mi potessero venire eh? E l’abbinamento con la crema?? Vuoi vedere che TILT dopo tutto questo cucinare e’ anche diventata una semi esperta???

Minestrone soup

Recipe 1: Considering I’m arrived at the end of my challenge, I needed to have a light recipe just to try to reach my target ( ok it’s impossible but why not try) and so the last recipe it’s minestrone. That’s something I always use to eat when my mum does it because is something hot, fullfilling and healty. With a bit of parmesan on top then is delicious!

I love also the blended version also called in french ‘potage’. That’s my favourite! It’s always good to have some of it in the fridge and take it out when you don’t really know what to eat.

The ingredients my mum uses for 3 people are:  a little piece of celery, 2 carrots, 2 courgettes, half onion, a quarter of cabbage, 1 potato, some parsley, a garlic clove, 150 gr beans 130gr chopped tomatoes, 1 stock and water.

The process is a bit long but easy: place some olive oil in a pan and hot it up. Then add the finely chopped onion, garlic cloves and parsley. When the onion starts to become goldish, add the peeled tomatoes sauce and the beans already drained by the water.

Mix it all and let it cook. In the meantime cut the cabbage in thin slices and then in half again. Add it to the saucepan and pour a good quantity of water. Mix all the ingredients every now and then to avoid them to stick to the bottom of the pan.

Wash and cut in cubes the courgettes, the carrots and the potato, and then add them too to the pan. Let it cook for around 20-30 minutes and then have a try to know if it’s missing some salt, pepper or anything else.
When the Borlotti are cooked, add the pasta if you want: the right pasta shape for this dish are little tubs but quite thick.

Let the pasta cook in the same pan with the soup so the starch released will give taste and thickness to the minestrone. When ready, serve it hot with some grated Parmesan, parsley or simply olive oil if you like it.

PS. Mamy il minestrone m’e’ venuto benissimo un po’ piu’ denso e meno verde del tuo, sospetto per la verza che era bella grossa e l’ho usata tutta… ah che bello finalmente posso fare anche io il minestrone qui!!! Come sono contenta!

Pasta all’arrabbiata

Recipe 2: this is the last and maybe easier recipe of pasta i have to cook. Because so simple i never made it before for guests but after this dinner i have to say it’s a must that need to be in this blog… and it’s really nice too!

Ingredients for 4 people: 400gr penne (this shape is a must for this recipe), 300ml of passata of tomato, olive oil, 1 chili, 2 garlic cloves, some parsley, salt and some grated Pecorino cheese.

Put some oil in a pan with the garlic cloves in pieces and the chili cut in slices. Let the oil take the taste of these ingredients and when the garlic start to get colored turn of the fire to get the oil inven more tasty. I prefer to take off the garlic after but this depends by your taste.

While boiling the pasta(the recipe is quick so you can do both together) add the passata to the pan and let it cook a bit adding some salt if needed. When the pasta is ready toss it in the suace and serve it just adding the chopped parsley and some grated Pecorino! Easy and delicious! Enjoy!

PS. Mamy e’ proprio vero, i piatti piu’ semplici sono sempre i migliori. Erano anni che non mangiavo penne all’arrabbiata e devo dire che non deludono mai!

 

Pesto fatto in casa – Homemade Pesto

Recipe 5: Another famous recipe of my mum, and very common in every italian house is the homemade pesto. What is better than the fresh smell of basil, pine nuts and parmesan all mixed together? And pasta with home made pesto it’s just another thing. My mum never buy the already made, but instead she uses to do pesto and frozen it in little containers to have it for all the winter.

Here the ingredients for 5 people: 70 gr. basil,  half a glass of Extra Virgin Olive Oil, 2 garlic cloves , 3 spoons of pine nuts, 3 spoons of Parmesan, 1 spoon of Pecorino cheese and a bit of gritty salt. Of course the pasta will be around 500 gr. better if the shape is “trofie”.

The procedure is quite easy, but to be traditional, you will need a marble mortar and a wooden pestle. This because instead to chop the leaves you will need to crush them to have the leaves’ oil necessary for the sauce. Wash the basil leaves in cold water and dry them on a paper towel. Don’t squeeze them.

Then crush in the mortar the garlic clove the pine nuts and the basil leaves, add  the salt, the Parmesan, the Pecorino cheese and keep pounding using a light circular movement of the pestle.

Add some of the Extra Virgin Olive from time to time and keep  mixing until  you obtain  a smooth creamy sauce. Pesto should not be greasy and the amount of oil used must be well absorbed and not floating on top.

Trofie and Trenette are the pasta used in Liguria, however linguine or spaghetti al dente will make a good companion to this sauce. Just put some sauce in each plate with sme spoon of water from the boiling pasta and mix. In this way the suace will be more creamy and ready to be mixed well with the pasta.

Just add a sprinkle of Parmesan on top and Buon Appetito!

PS. Mamy che buono! L’ho portato a casa di amici e non sai le facce quando hanno sentito l’odore appena aperta la scatolina! Fantastico e la pasta non ha nulla a che vedere con il pesto pronto! Grazie questa ricetta me la tengo proprio stretta!

Tagliatelle ai funghi porcini – Porcini mushrooms tagliatelle

Recipe 6: It’s a long time I wasn’t eating fresh pasta so last night it came the moment for a classic porcini mushrooms tagliatelle, easy quick and good as usual.

Ingredients for 3 people: 50gr dried porcini mushroom and 50-100 gr fresh mashroom, garlic, salt, oil, 300 gr tagliatelle, Parmesan, white wine onion and parsley.

Put the dried mushrooms in some warm water and let them there a bit. Then pass them on the fire and let them boil. In the meantime put to boil the water for the tagliatelle. Then drain them keeping their water in a side and place them in a pan with garlic onion oil and some parsley.

Then add the fresh mushrooms in slices, some salt and some of the water you put in a side. When evaporated, add the wine and wait for it to evaporate too. Then add some more water if all the mushrooms are not cooked. When the water for the pasta will boil, add the tagliatelle following the time written on the bag. If they are really fresh they won’t take too much.

When almost al dente, I added just a bit of milk to the mushroom to make them more creamy, and then I toss in there the tagliatelle as soon as drained.

Serve it hot with some chopped parsley and Parmesan cheese.

Enjoy!

Ps. Quant’era che non mangiavo le tagliatelle? Non mi ricordo proprio piu’! Tu le facevi ogni tanto con i funghi porcini, ma qui sono impossibili da trovare percio’ ho unito secchi con qualche fungo fresco ma ho anche aggiunto troppo rosmarino che dava un po’ un sapore amarognolo. Meglio stare alla ricetta!

Tozzetti – Classic almond biscuits (-4 weeks)

Recipe 11: This is not one of my mum recipe but is one of her bestfriend’s recipe and I can tell you I tried this biscuit before and they are really good! I tozzetti are a classic of the italian tradition! I’m sure you saw them around and here is the very old recipe she follow to make them! They were a little Christmas present I gave to my friends!

Here the ingredients for a good quantity (but maybe it’s better to start with half of it): 3 eggs, 600gr flour, 300gr sugar, 50gr of butter, half skin of an egg full of oil, half a glass of white wine, a spoon of baking powder, some icing sugar, 200gr of skinless almonds in pieces or whole(I prefer because it’s more traditional).

The process is very easy; just mix the sugar, flour, eggs, the butter all together. Then add the wine, the oil and the baking powder trying to create a ball. You will need to mix a bit and try to make everything stick together until you are able to create the mass. Now add the almonds and try to create a homogeneous mass again.

When ready place some baking paper on a baking pan and create long bars! In this way when you will cut them in slices they will have the classic “smiley effect”.

Place them in the oven at 160 degree. They need to cook a bit and then you need to turn it, otherwise they will be ready just in one said. Check from time to time the base and when quite cooked (15-20 minutes), cut them in pieces and let them finish to cook (5 minutes).
When ready, serve it with some icing sugar on top!

Ps. Considerato che li ho fatti preparando il cenone di Natale, con la supervisione di mia mamma, dico anche che ho scordato il lievito e lo zucchero a velo prima di impacchettarli. Questo ha creato dei biscotti un po’ duretti! Spero che tutti gli amici a cui li ho dati abbiano ancora i denti.

Mele con la cannella – Cinnamon hot apples

Recipe 12: This is a classic in winter and it was the only fruit I would eat with pleasure when I was little. Considering that in Christmas we have already lots of sweets I decided to close the dinner with a light fruity dessert: cinnamon hot apples.

Ingredients for 6 people : one quite big apple for each person (I prefer to use Golden apples), a glass of sweet white wine, 1 spoon of cinnamon, 6 spoons of sugar and some flakes of butter. Then, to serve it in the best way, I suggest you to have in one side some whipping cream for the final composition.The preparation it’s very easy. Wash the apples, and cut out the middle section with a little knife. Prepare a baking pan with some baking paper or butter and flour on the bottom to don’t make the apples stick to it. Place the apples in the pan and pour the white wine on them.

In a cup mix the sugar with the cinnamon and put it on the apples. Then place some flakes of butter on them and place them in the oven at 200 degree for 30 minutes. From time to time pour some of the apple sauce on them to make them cook better.

When ready, serve the hot apples with some whipped cream on top or on a side and some other sprinkle of cinnamon.

Enjoy!

PS. Bella idea questa delle mele a Natale no?? con tutti questi torroni e panettoni mi sembrava eccessivo anche un dessert calorico! a me sono piaciute un sacco visto che erano anni che non le mangiavo. A voi?