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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!

Frittata di spaghetti – Pasta omelette

Recipe 47: last week we had some guess at home from France and I discovered a very strange way to eat pasta. Basically they cook it and left that in the fridge ready to be mixed with some sauce when needed! They left some boiled pasta in the fridge and this was for me the best occasion to cook a dish I didn’t eat for a long time… I think since I was kid: the pasta omelette or frittata di pasta. The funny thing is that I saw it sold in Carluccio some weeks ago as a very special plate!!!
In reality this come from the old tradition to use all the leftover in the fridge. Do you know? In poor time this is the rule and this dish in its simplicity it’s just amazing!Ingredients: leftover pasta (200 or 300gr, then I added some cream left, 150gr of frozen peas, 5 slices of cooked ham, half of a big onion, salt, pepper, 2 or 3 eggs depending by the pasta, some parmesan and olive oil.

Defrost the peas while you are making hot some oil in a pan. Put the chopped onion in the pan and when goldish add the peas and the ham in pieces. Boil the pasta in salty water or just use some pasta you have also if cooked with tomato sauce.

Otherwise you can add some cream if you want or cheese. Drain the pasta and add it to the pan. In a bowl mix 2 or 3 eggs, adding some Parmesan (depending by your taste) and the pour the mix on the pasta when the pan is out of the fire and not too hot otherwise the eggs will cook.

Cover a baking pan with some baking paper and place the pasta well mixed with the rest of the ingredients in it. Put it in a pre-hitten oven at around 200 degree for half an hour and add the grill at the end to make it crispy on the top.

Then serve it in a plate or you can also eat it the day after without hot it up bit just at the temperature of the ambient! I prefer it like this!!! Enjoy!Ps. Mamma ti ricordi la frittata di pasta? Pensa che l’ho vista in vendita in un italian delicatessen di qui! Non ho resistito! Dovevo cucinarla!! E con il fatto che dovevo partire e’ stata un”idea perfetta per svuotare il frigo!

Tortellini cream, ham and peas: product testing 3 Dolce vita event (-44 weeks)

Recipe 92: to finish with the products from the Dolce Vita event, i will propose you a classic recipe my mum used to cook often and that i love with all myself… and it’s really easy too.

For this dish for two people i used: Ricotta and spinach tortellini 250gr (kindly offered by Giovanni Rana, sponsor of the event), 100 gr of single cream, 50gr ham, 100 gr of frozen peas, half onion, some butter, Parmesan, salt and pepper.

Put some butter in a pan with half of an onion chopped in little pieces. Let this cook and in the meantime defrost the peas in some boiling water and salt. When these are tender put them in the pan with the onion and the ham cut in little pieces.

At this point you can put the tortellini in some boiling water with salt and after just a minute they will be ready. Now I have also to admit that this brand is the one i normally use here like in Italy, if  I can’t find them fresh. The pasta is quite thick and this allows you to cook them without have mash tortellini, and the filling it’s really tasty.

In the meantime pour the single cream in the pan with the peas and the ham, and leave it until gets thick. Drain the tortellini and put them in the pan and mix it all.

When they have absorbed all the sauce, place the tortellini, peas and ham in a plate and add some Parmesan.

The dish is ready! Enjoy!

PS. Mamy ti ricordi questa ricetta??? quanto mi piace! L’ho riproposta con questi tortellini, anche se forse con quelli al prosciutto viene meglio! E come vedi fortunatamente abbiamo anche qui il buon Giovanni Rana che ci salva la cena!

Peas… the italian way !

Recipe 122: Today i give you a super easy recipe to eat vegetables in a new way and they are perfect when you have guests….everyone likes peas.

You will need for 3 people: 400 – 500 gr frozen peas (depends by what you are going to serve with them) – 1 onion – 70gr pancetta and 1 vegetable stock.

Piselli con pancetta 1

If you will use frozen peas, you will need to start boiling them. In the meantime, cut the onion and put it in a pan with some olive oil.

After a bit add the pancetta and let everything cook.When the peas are ready, put them too in the pan. In another saucepan place some boiling water and a vegetable stock to create the “brodo”. When this will be ready, add it to the peas, little by little and let them cook.

Piselli con pancetta 2

When they will be soft and the green will be less bright, the peas will be ready to be eaten.

Buon appetito!

PS: questo e’ un classico che non vedevo l’ora di cucinare. Peccato che il guanciale non ce l’abbiamo…veramente non l’ho neanche cercato, ma non dubito sia difficile da trovare. Con la carne e le patate ci stavano veramente deliziosi. Papa’ non sei piu’ il solo a mangiarteli!!!!

Risotto dell’ortolano (- 9Kg and 68 weeks)

Trito per risotto

Recipe 135: This week for my vegetarian guest i decided to cook a nice risotto my mum used to do often. I will translate it in English as “farmer’s risotto” or “countryside risotto” for the simple recipe and the basic ingredients.

Here are the ingredients for 4 people: 1 carrot- 1 celery – 1 onion – 50gr of butter – 300/350gr of rice (not basmati but long grains if you can) – half glass of white wine – 1 vegetable stock – 100gr of peas (also frozen) – 1 big courgette – 150ml single cream – salt – pepper – Parmesan.

Cut the carrot, the celery and the onion in very little pieces and cook them in a sauce pan with 50gr of butter. In the mean time put a vegetable stock in another little sauce pan with boiling water and leave it there until the stock is totally dissolved. This is called “brodo” in Italian.

When the ingredients in the first pan are cooked, put the rice and mix a bit, then add the white wine until it evaporates all. Keep on mixing all the ingredients without let the rice stick on the pan and add the 100gr of peas. If they were frozen, put them a bit under the water before. Add some brodo and mix again.

At this point, cut the courgette in little slices (also said julienne) and add it to the rice with some other brodo. You will keep on adding brodo as soon as won’t be any liquid in the pan: in fact it helps the rice and the other ingredients to cook without stick on the pan. Have a bit of rice to see if it’s missing salt and add some pepper too to give more taste.

Risotto dell'ortolano

When you think the rice and the vegetable are almost ready, put the single cream and mix it all again for a last time. When the rice and the cream will be thicker the risotto is ready!

Serve it with a good quantity of Parmesan and enjoy!

PS. Mamy, questo risotto semplice semplice non delude mai. Anche a Benedetta e’ piaciuto tanto. A dire il vero penso che fosse un pochino sciapo, ma con un po’ piu di sale aggiunto alla fine, non era male per niente… e oggi Nat se l’e’ pure portato al lavoro! Successone!

PS 2. Quasi dimenticavo… Buon Onomastico!