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Strudel (-2 weeks)

Recipe 7: This is one of the last dessert recipes I missed and it’s very well known in the north of Italy. I normally eat it in the summer when i go there, but it remembers me an european version of the mince pies and I decided to cook it in these days, when you need help to cope with the new year.

Apple strudel for 6 people: you will need 300 gr of flour, 1-2 eggs, 170gr sugar, 1kg of apples, 50gr raisins, 25 gr pine nuts, 1 lemon’s zests, 40gr breadcrumbs.

Work the flour with the egg, than add the butter and work them well with 10gr. of sugar. Try to do a ball with it and than place it covered in a hot recipient for half an hour.

Peel the apple and cut them in thin slices, add the raisin previously soacked in some water to make them soft, the pine nuts and a some lemon zest.
Now stretch the pasta not too thin and not too thick, cover it with 70gr melted butter until is all shiny. Then add some breadcrumbs previously passed in the butter remained, add some honey or apricot marmelade if you like it, some cinnamon and the apples with the rest.

Now close the pasta creating a big roll, pass some other butter on top if you have still some and place in the oven for 1 hour at 190 degree. Serve it hot in slices with some icing sugar on top.

Ps. Mamy buono quasi come quello nordico. Il loro e’ un po’ piu friabile ma la pasta e’ uscita benissimo!

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Carciofi alla romana – Artichokes in the roman way (-9 weeks)

Recipe 21: When i came back in Italy last week, my mum was already cooking Artichokes. I love them and this is one of the 2 season. In London it’s not so easy to find good artichokes, but i went in Portobello Market hoping to find some of them.

I have to say they were quite big and hairy, but fine…i just wanted to cook some. So here the recipe for the roman and my mum way to cook them: you will just need one big or 2 little artichokes for person, some parsley, garlic in powder i prefer, lemon, olive oil, pepper and salt.

Remove the toughest of the outer leaves. Snip off any sharp leaf tips. Snap the stalk off at the base and remove the tough fibres running into the base where possible. Pull out the central cone of thinner leaves to reveal the inedible fibrous ‘choke’ (this may not be present in smaller baby artichokes). Carefully scrape this out with a teaspoon, leaving the prized heart in place. Then put the artichoke in acidulated water (e.g. water with a good squeeze of lemon juice added) for around half an hour.

Place the garlic cloves or powder in a pan with some olive oil. When they starts to get goldish, take them out and add the artichokes and some finely chopped parsley. You can also put some parsley and garlic clove directly in each artichoke, like my mum uses to do, but i don’t like so much the taste of garlic and i prefer to put some garlic powder on top.

Add some simple water or stock water and leave it cook for about 40 minutes. Add other “brodo” or stock water if needed. Artichokes are cooked when you can easily pull out an inner leaf and the stem is tender. Or you can just insert a fork in the lateral side of the artichoke and feel the consistency of it. If tender, they are ready.

Now just place it on a plate and serve it hot with a bit of their sauce! Enjoy!

PS. Mamy certo non saranno mai i carciofi buoni di Roma, ma almeno ho capito come si fanno! Diciamo che questi erano un po’ troppo grossi, ma il cuore era buonissimo! C’ho fatto anche la pasta!

Cosce di pollo al forno – Easy roasted chicken thighs

Recipe 22: Because i didn’t put so many meat recipes on this blog, i thought about the common dishes my mum uses to prepare at home and this one it’s really an essential one: Roasted chicken thighs.

Very easy to do also if a bit long, it’s perfect with roasted potatoes or any other vegetable and it’s healthy and perfect for any weekly dinner, just to spice up the daily menu’ routine. The ingredients for 2 people are the following: 4 Chicken thighs, fresh rosmery, a bit of garlic, olive oil, one lemon, salt and papper.

Just put some baking paper in a baking pan. Here you will place the chicken in a way the thighs will have enough space between them. Then add some fresh rosmery, garlic powder, salt and olive oil all around and on top. You can even turn the thighs to make them absorb a bit the oil.

Add just some lemon slice here and there and put it in the oven at a good temperature like 180 – 200 degrees. The chicken will take a bit to get ready and you will need to turn it.

When ready, just serve it with some vegetable from the season and enjoy!

PS. Mamy, semplice buono e sempre imbattibile. Facilissimo, con le fettine di limone acquista proprio un sapore fantastico!

Homemade mayonnaise and russian salad – Insalata russa

Recipe 29: In the office they decide to organize a little Halloween party and i wanted to help out with some food. But what i could cook considering we don’t have any oven? It also has to be something easy to bring. So because someone else was thinking about the desserts, and we were going to have cheese and wine all night, i decided to prepare some Insalata russa, that you can easily eat with bread and crackers.

Ingredients for a starter for 8 people: 3 big potatoes, 5 carrots, 150gr peas, 5 eggs, some anchovies in olive oil, some capers, half of a little spoon of mustard, a lemon, a glass of olive oil, a bit of vinegar, salt and pepper.

For the mayo i suggest you to use a mixer because otherwise it will be very hard to maintain always the same speed and strength. However add 2 egg yolks with a pinch of salt and start to mix, better if with a wooden spoon and always in the same sense. At this point you will add the olive oil little by little and with some lemon juice drops too.

After a bit the mayonnaise will start to become thicker, so you can add the remaining lemon juice always mixing a bit.

Wash, peel, cut and  cook all the vegetables in different pans and when boiled, cut them in little pieces. mix this with the peas, the mayo the capers and the anchovies finely chopped, salt, pepper, a bit of vinegar and mustard.

Boil the other three eggs and place it on the salad as a decoration. Place everything in the fridge and enjoy after some hour. Cold it’s better!

Otherwise another good mix is Mascarpone with capers, anchovies and parsley! That’s really great.

PS. Mamy la tua insalata russa con la maionese fatta a casa e’ stata un successo! Diciamo che dopo avre provato una volta a farla  a mano sono subito andata sul robot da cucina perche non riuscivo piu’ a mescolare, ma il risultato comunque non ha nulla a che vedere con quella che compri! Se la sono finita tutta in ufficio!

Cotoletta alla Milanese – Cutlet in Breadcrumbs (-30 weeks)

Recipe 65: This is an italian classic… probably the meat everyone likes and eat with pleasure, especially the kids! And it’s in fact a dish that normally remembers the childhood when your mum or grandma were cooking it for you! i had still 1 or 2 eggs to use so this seemed the best dish to prepare.

Ingredients for 2 people: 2 chicken breasts or veal cutlets, 2 eggs, breadcrumbs, a bit of flour, olive oil, salt and lemon. Nothing more for a simple and delicious dish.

In my case i used 2 chicken breast because easier to find in London: i cut them in half and then i press them a bit because more thin they are and more tasty will be the dish.

Put a good quantity of oil in a pan and wait until it boil. It doesn’t need to cover the meat, but still needs to allow you to cook it from both the sides. In the meantime prepare a plate with the flour, one bowl with one or 2 eggs and another plate with breadcrumbs.

Take the meat and pass it in the flour until totally covered. Then pass it in the bowl with the eggs until it’s totally dump and finally place it in the breadcrumbs. You will need to create a very crunchy surface, so be sure all the meat is fully covered.

Place the meat in the pan with boiling oil and cook the meat. It will take around 4 minute per side to get ready, so then turn until both the side are cooked, colored and crunchy.

When the meat is ready, take it out from the fire and place it on a plate with some kitchen papers to absorb the oil in excess. Then serve it with salad or any other vegetable, just adding a bit of salt on top and half of a lemon. The lemon with any fried food it’s just the top!

PS. Mamy hai visto che mi sono fatta? ci credi che non avevo mai cucinato la cotoletta prima? Proprio non mi era venuto in mente e visto che invece avevo ancora delle uova da usare Francesca mi ha suggerito la cotoletta! Che buona! Certo il fritto non e’ il massimo per la dieta, ma una volta nella vita…. e come non pensare a zia Lidia mentre le cucinavo???

Word Cup dishes: Pasta with courgettes and prawns

Recipe 68: I cooked this pasta long time ago for a dinner with an italian friend of mine, who for long time asked me if i knew this recipe. So i did it and i really think it’s quick to prepare and very nice to serve during the word cup matches.

Ingredients 3 people: garlic, 300gr pasta, 3 courgettes, a portion of king prawns already pilled (200-250 gr), white wine, salt, chilli and lemon if you like.

Put some olive oil in an hot pan and after then add some chilli and garlic cloves: you can crush them before to let them release more flavor, or they can be entire and you will take them out once they becomes goldish.

Cut the courgettes in fine slices and place them in the pan with the rest waiting for them to cook. In the meantime place some water for the pasta on the fire.

When the courgettes will be a bit cooked you can add the prawns and some withe wine to cook them better and giving them a bit more taste. Put the pasta in the water as soon as this boil, and wait for 8 minutes for it too cook. In the meantime, keep on mixing the rest of the ingredients in the pan, until well cooked and a bit more colored.

When the pasta will be ready, just drain it and place the pasta in the pan. Mix all and serve on plates with some extravirgin olive oil. We don’t use to put any Parmesan on pasta with fish, because to strong and dangerous for the fish taste.

Buon appetito!

PS. Mamy finalemente ho fatto la pasta che tanto mi chiedva Anna. Zucchine e gamberetti sembra essere un’accoppiata vincente ed in effetti stanno bene insieme. Forse avendoli ci avrei aggiunto i fiori di zucchina, ma qua e’ impossibile trovarli. Comunque un’altra pasta per un’altra partita e dita incrociate.

Sogliola alla mugnaia – Sole Mullier’s style

Recipe 82: And this week finally fish! It was a bit of time that i wasn’t cooking fish following a recipe from my mum. I normally just cook salmon or cod in the oven with vegetables. Instead last weekend i thought about this recipe that i never cooked here in London: Sogliole alla mugnaia or Soles Mullier’s style as i think you call them here.

Ingredients: 2 soles (sorry i couldn’t find them and i bought 2 plaices fillets, but they came good as well, because very similar to soles), some flour, around 50 gr butter, parsley, one lemon and salt.

The preparation is very easy as usual: just place some flour on a kitchen board and then place the fish on the flour and cover with some more flour. If you want the fish really well fried add enough flour, for a light version instead just add the necessary to cover them.

Put a pan with 20gr of butter on the fire, while in another little saucepan you will place the rest of the butter, the parsley finely cut and the juice of half a lemon. Wait for the butter to melt and mix it all on a low fire until it takes the consistency of a  sauce. Place the fish in the pan and let it cook for some minutes (3-4 minutes).

Turn the fish and let it cook in the other side until it get goldish like the top, but also keep on mixing the sauce to avoid burning it. When the fish is ready you can place it on a plate and you can add salt and pepper. Then pour the sauce on top and  serve with vegetable and half a lemon.With the fish i normally cook broccoli or potatoes and this time i serve the dish with some Pure’. You can find the recipe here! The taste of these two together is just perfect!

Buon appetito!

PS. Mamy ma da quanto e’ che non mi fai la sogliola alla mugnaia??? io praticamente mangiavo il pesce con gusto solo quando me lo facevi cosi! Purtroppo qui trovare le sogliole vuol dire averci proprio fortuna! Nella selezione dei pesci al supermercato sono un po’ strani… le cose piu’ basiche non ce le hanno! Quindi mi sono un po’ arrangiata con una platessa ma e’ venuta buonissima uguale… e poi con il pure’ vicino ancora meglio!