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Risotto al melograno – Pomegranate risotto(-3 weeks)

Recipe 9: For the first dish of the year I wanted something great, a bit unusual, weird… In few word, something special and I remembered this recipe my mum prepared in one of the latest Christmas: Risotto with pomegranate!

Ingredients for 6 people:  500 gr. of rice, 2 pomegranates, 1 onion, pepper, salt, a bit of butter and Parmesan, 250gr speck.

Put some oil in a pan with the onion and let it cook until goldish. Take of the fruits from the pomegranate and leave them in a side. Then add the speak chopped in little cubes and let it cook.

Add the rice, let it toast and add a glass of white wine. When evaporated add some vegetable sauce from the stock. When the rice is almost ready add the pomegranate’s fruits.
When ready take the pan off the fire, add some black pepper, butter and grated Parmesan. Enjoy!

PS. Piatto super lusso per l’inizio dell’anno. Ok il sapore e’ un po’ originale ma per i primi giorni dell’anno nuovo ci sta proprio bene!!!!

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Riso al latte – Milky rice… and it’s not a dessert (- 15 weeks)

Recipe 34: Today a special dish recommended by my father instead: the milky rice. I have to say the true…i have never tried it before but he use to eat it when he was a child, thanks to my grandma.
Basically i have always done a very weird face every time my father was speaking about this rice, but because this week we have lots of milk to use, i ask my parents what i could cook and my father convinced me to try it… and i liked it a lot. Ok, it’s a bit heavy because basically is like to eat rice and besciamella, but now i understand why he was crazy for that.
 
 
The recipe is very easy is usual. Here are the ingredients for 2 people: 140 gr of rice, 800 ml of milk, some salt, 10 gr of butter, nutmeg and 20 gr Parmesan cheese. That’s all!
  
Take half of the milk and bringing almost to boil. Here I added some salt too. Take the other milk hot in a pan on very low fire.

When the first pan with milk is almost boiling, add the rice and let it cook until it absorb all the milk. Mix always to avoid the rice to stick and turn down the fire for a slow cook.
When the rice has absorbed all the milk, add the other hot milk and keep on stirring. The rice will take around 20 minutes in total to get ready and thick.

Add some nutmeg and keep on mixing until the rice is ready reaching a risotto consistency. At this point add the butter and when all melted, serve it in a plate with some grated parmesan and some pepper. Enjoy!
Ps. Papa’ finalmente ho provato I’ll riso di cui tanto parli sempre e devo ammettere che e’ buonissimo! Ci credo che da piccolo ti piaceva, sembra riso con la besciamella! Penso che una volta ci provero’ a fare dei tortini al forno devono essere deliziosi!

Suppli di Nonna “Zia Pina” – Unforgettable!

Recipe 37: This is a very sad day for me. Today it’s exactly one month that one of my favourite person in my family left us all. She was just great, with her personality, with her hard mind and massive humor, she was clever, strong… let’s say just special and really unique! She was Zia Pina, as everyone use to call her like if it was a real name, and in our family she was also the master of the suppli. Every party and big occasion wasn’t the same without her suppli!

Thanks God i could have her recipe, that for me is almost gold, and i have cooked them today in her memory! Also if it’s not directly ones of my mum’s, this is the official suppli recipe in our family. Nothing to compare with the ones she used to make, but i can tell you they were amazing. I will miss her, but i will always think about her especially cooking her delicious dish!

Ingredients for around 20 suppli: 250 gr rice, 1 mozzarella (125gr), 2 eggs, some grated parmesan cheese, 2 vegetable stock, olive oil and seeds oil to fry, bread crumb. In the rice you will need some RAGU’ SAUCE for which you will need: 100gr of mince beef, 250-300gr passata of tomatoes, 1 carrot, 1 celery, parsley, onion, salt, pepper.

Start preparing the ragu’ following this recipe but the right dosis of ingredients for the suppli are above (the sauce needs to be a bit lighter) and let it cook at low fire for 30minute/1 hour.


Then prepare the rice. There are 2 systems. You can put the rice in a saucepan with lots of water and 2 vegetable cubes for some minutes. When boil, start to try the rice until cooked and then drain it. Add the ragu and some Parmesan and  let it cool down.
Or you can put some rice in a sauce pan let it toast for a bit add some white wine and when evaporated start to had some boilong water previously prepared with the 2 vegetable stocks. Keep on adding water and wait for it to evaporate. When the rice seems almost ready add the ragu’ and finish to cook. When ready place it in a low and big recipient and wait for it to cool down. You can even place it in the fridge.

When cold add 2 whole eggs, some grated Parmesan cheese, and the mozzarella in pieces and mix it all.
Now prepare a plate with some bread crumbs and prepare the balls of rice. I prefer them quite little but they can also be a bit longer if you want. Pass them in the bread crumbs and leave them on a plate.
Put some seeds oil in a sauce pan not to big and let it boil. This oil is more adeguate to fry because lighter, but when needed (after having fried few suppli) you will need to add some more oil and you can mix it with the normal extra virgin one. When ready place the rice ball in it and let them become goldish then turn them and when all crunchy and colored, take them out. Place them on a plate with some kitchen paper to absorb the oil.
After few minute you can serve it! If they are still quite warm, opening them  the mozzarella will create some delicious filaments that let us call this dish “suppli al telefono” or at the phone. This is normally a starter or served with some vegetable it’s a perfect one dish meal.

Buon appetito!

Ps. Mamy hai visto che sono riuscita a fare I suppli di zia Pina in tempo per l’anniversario? Era il mio piccolo pensiero per lei anche da me che sono cosi lontana! Ci tenevo proprio tanto! Sono venuti buonissimi, niente a che vedere con quelli che compri… ma i suoi erano imbattibili!

Pomodori ripieni – Rice filled tomatoes

Recipe 42: This recipe is something i needed to cook now, before was too late. The rice filled tomatoes it’s another classic summery dish and i wasn’t really a big fun of it, until i tried them again this time. I have to say i did them REALLY well! I was impressed. My mum of course used to do them often because it’s a one dish meal and for the summer it’s really practical and easy.

The ingredients are : the biggest tomatoes you can find and i would consider at least 2 per person (i’m sorry but here in London the tomatoes are all quite little), one spoon rice for tomatoes, some salt, basil, flat leaves parsley, pepper and olive oil.

Wash the tomatoes and cut the top of them. Take off the interior and place it in a bowl. Then cut the pulp and mix it with parsley and basil finely chopped. Add some salt, pepper and the spoon of rice you will need for all the tomatoes. Mix it well and fullfill the tomatoes.

At this point, try to add in each of them some of the liquid from the tomatoes you put in a side at the beginning… but don’t add the seeds. Turn on the oven at around 180 degrees and place the tomatoes on a baking pan with baking paper or oil to don’t make stick to the pan. The rice will need this sauce to cook!

Let them in the oven for at least 20 minutes and then try some rice to see if it’s ready. Probably it will be still hard, so add other tomato sauce you have in a side and maybe a bit more oil.  Put them again in the oven until ready!

Serve it hot or at a warm temperature. They are good also cold from the fridge but i prefer them a bit warm. Enjoy!

PS. Mamma con tutto il prezzemolo, basilico, sale e pepe che c’ho messo, sono venuti troppo buoni! ed io che non ne andavo pazza per niente penso che li cucinero’ piu’ spesso…o forse e’ solo il fatto che non li mangio da una vita!

Insalata di riso – Rice salad

Recipe 57: I’m in holiday in these days so it’s very difficult to update the blog and not just for the  internet connection, hard to find or very slow, but especially because I was and I’m still with very good chefs. I tried to cook a bit, but amazed by my mum dishes and my friends capabilities, I couldn’t bother to cook some of my recipes.

In Spain the only one I tried was the Insalata di riso or Rice salad, fresh, easy, and perfect to use all the food left in the fridge. The only thing that really matter is the time of cooking of the rice. If you are good with that, the dish will be a success.

Ingredients: rice,  pitted olives (green or black it’s the same), cherry tomatoes, Frankfurt or ham, emmethal, eggs, mais, pies, cappers, or whatever else you like.

For this recipe I have asked to everyone the secret they use to cook the rice and there are 2000 different theories. I tried one, but I wasn’t happy neither with that, so I will give you my mum’s solution:

Put some water to boil with salt and then add around 50 gr of rice per person.  Let the rice cook but try it often, I wouldn’t leave it there for more than 10 minutes. You need to drain it when “al dente”. That’s really important. So if on the bag it says 15 minutes, try it at 10 and remember that it will finish to cook a bit outside too. If instead the rice is already perfect, pass it under cold water to stop the cooking process.

In the meantime, boil also some egg, cut some emmenthal cheese, ham or Frankfurt, olives, cappers, peppers or cherry tomatoes if you want, mais and if you can, boil also some pies. I love them in this salad.

When the rice is ready and all these ingredients are cut in pieces, add some oil to the rice and all the ingredients, mixing very well. My mum doesn’t use to add anything else to it, maybe just a bit of salt and pepper, but all the ingredients will give the taste to the rice.

Serve in a plate and Buon appetito!

PS. Mamy con la cottura del riso sono una vera tragedia…mi viene sempre extra cotto! Argh! ho provato anche con un misurino di riso e 3 di acqua e nulla, alla fine era un pappone. La prossima volta mi ci metto proprio con attenzione, e vediamo se al prossimo pic nic saro’ piu’ fortunata! Meglio i risotti del riso semplice! uffa!

My Special Christmas dishes!

Recipe 114: this is not a classic italian Christmas recipe but, for a reason or another, this rice is something i always cook in Christmas. Last year i did it for my parents who came to London to see me, and this year I prepared it for my friends before to come back to Italy for the Christmas break.

Just to make the dinner a  bit more interesting i also prepared a little and super-easy starter that goes really well with the rice. An amazing champagne and wine completed the dinner.

For three people the ingredients are: a bunch of asparagus (8/10)- 250gr rice – around 100gr goat cheese – 1 onion – butter – 50/70gr pancetta – a glass of white wine – a vegetable stock – pepper – salt – chilli  and if you also want to do the starter you will need around 300 gr of Jumbo prawns.

As usual, let’s start from the onion: cut it in little pieces and put it in a quite big sauce pan with some butter or olive oil. Wait for the color to become goldish and add the pancetta. In the mean time wash and cut the asparagus in 2 or three pieces and put them to boil in a little sauce pan, while in a another container you will put some water to boil for the vegetable stock.

When the pancetta is a bit cooked, add the rice and let it toast in the sauce pan. after few minutes you can add the white wine and mix it all until the wine is totally evaporated. add some of the vegetable stock water and let it cook always mixing a bit to don’t make the rice stick to the pan.

Waiting for the rice to cook, you can now prepare the starter: put some batter in a pan and let it melt. After a bit you can put the jumbo prawns with some salt, pepper and chilli. Wait for them to fried a bit with the butter and then add some white wine. in thsi way you will create a nice sauce that will help the prawns to be cooked and the taste will be amazing. Wait until they are a nice orange color and you can serve them in a plate with some of teh asparagus you put to boil before.

Be careful: for the rice you will use mainly the tender points of the vegetable, so i suggest you to use for the started the other part of the vegetable that for the rice would be too hard.

When the rice is almost cooked add the tender parts of teh asparagus you boiled before with their water, to maintain more flavour and mixing all wait for the rice to cook and the water to evaporate.

When the rice is ready, take it off from the fire and add the goat cheese in pieces: mix it all and the cheese will melt giving to the plate even more consistency and a great taste. Then serve it as usual with some Parmesan!

Buon appetito e Buon Natale!

PS. Mamy te lo ricordi questo riso che vi ho fatto l’anno scorso e che vi era piaciuto tanto? beh questo anno ho bissato e l’ho preparato per la nostra cena natalizia a casa prima che partissi con anche un bell’antipasto di gamberetti! Ormai questo risotto e’ diventato il mio piatto natalizio e viene sempre benissimo!

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!