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???

My first cupcakes ever: Lemon & Jubilee

As you probably can imagine, I normally cook italian food while I have never tried any other cuisine at home. I have always been convinced that if i don’t know the real taste of the food from other parts of the world, i can not actually cook it properly.

But for the cakes and dessert I’m happy to try. Finally in the italian tradition we have lots of sweet recipes from all over, so let’s see what i can do with the most classic lemony english cupcakes.

Here is the recipe I used and that i found online> I normally don’t like the cupcakes full of sugar on top. Yes they are beautiful but too sweet and i actually prefer the base than the topping. If you don’t make them enough big, there is no point.

This recipe gives you exactly the right quantity of sweet I wanted on them.

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Ingredients for 12 cupcakes

125g butter
125g caster sugar
Finely grated zest ½ large lemon
2 eggs
150gplain flour
¼ tsp baking powder

For the icing:
75g butter, softened
125g icing sugar
Finely grated zest of ½ large lemon
1-2 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice

Method:

Preheat the oven to 180ºC and prepare the 12 cases in a 12-hole cake tin. Cream the butter until soft and then add in the sugar and the grated lemon zest. Mix until light and fluffy. Gradually add the eggs, then the flour and the baking powder and fold.

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Divide between the paper cases and bake in the preheated oven for 7-10 minutes (not more), until risen and golden. Remove the cakes from the tin and place on a wire rack to cool before icing.

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For the icing, cream the butter in a bowl with hand-held whisk until very soft. Gradually add the icing sugar and beat, then mix in the lemon zest and enough lemon juice to form a spreadable consistency.

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Once the cupcakes have cooled, put the icing in a pipping bag and create your sweet top and then decorate as you like!

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My first traditional english recipe: Hot Cross Buns!

This Easter I decided to have a “mixed” Easter, putting together some food from the english tradition and some from the italian one. Maybe this happened because it was one of my first Easter spent in London… anyway I cooked Hot Cross Buns, a classic Easter treat for the good friday morning.

The buns were great and finally they are really nice and light…basically they seems sweet spiced bread and they are just amazing with honey or butter and jam! I will do them for all my future guests because for breakfast are really amazing!

Here is the recipe i followed…a bit rewritten, following my taste and experience, from the BBC one here.

For 6 buns I used the following ingredients:

– 200 gr crusty white bread flour

-less then half table spoon of salt

– 20 gr sugar

-25 gr butter

-1 table spoon mixed spice

– 90 gr raisins

– 3.5 gr dried yest

– 1 egg

-100ml semi skimmed milk

– 3 table spoon flour

– some honey

Put together in a recipient the white bread flour, the salt, the sugar and the mixed spice. Then add the butter in pieces and mix with your hands. Add the raisins previously soaked and the yeasts. In another little pan mix the egg with the warm milk and then add this to the dough. Mix well and leave it rest for 5-10 minutes.

Now divide the ball in 6 little balls and put them on a baking pan covered by some cling film for around 1 hour. Let them raise and when almost ready, create the cream for the cross. You will just need to mix the flour with some hot water until creamy. Then with a piping bag create the cross.

Put them in an oven at 200 degree for 15-20 minutes and once cooked, brush with some honey and serve! Enjoy!

An italian chef in London

Do you want to treat yourself ? What about an amazing dinner cooked by a chef… at your place?

I’m sure you can’t say no! What about if the chef is italian and all his italian dishes are strictly made following the truly italian traditions? Peroni has decided to offer all this …and some beers to some lucky winner of a competition!

I have for you a little preview of the dishes prepared… have a look here and get inspired for your next party. I’m sure Mario will be happy to help.

Canape’: Polenta and wild boar salami, radicchio leaves with potted lobster and bruschetta.

Starter: buffalo ricotta and lemon ravioli with Radicchio di Treviso sauce.

Main: beef fillet, wild mushroom, celeriac pure’, red wine sauce.

Pudding: vanilla panna cotta, roasted spiced plums, orange biscotti.

And here the last picture: I present you Mario… in action!

The mexican food challenge: andale!

Who knows me knows as well that I have some crush on whatever is mexican: food, music, traditions …

Some weeks ago I was then invited to a mexican cooking class in the Waitrose cookery school: Mexican food, the cookery school I wanted to visit since ages… That was an appointment I couldn’t miss!

Gently offered by Discovery ( the brand of mexican products) and by Benito’s Hat a little Mexican chain in London, I had one of the most funniest nights in months. They welcome us with an amazing margarita cocktail and then the chef teach us 2 nice mexican dishes, tasty but also easy to prepare and that I can’t wait to cook them again!

The first was Jicama salad, a fresh starter made off cocumber, lime lemons, peanuts, parmesan cheese and this Jicama, a vegetable similar to a potato. The recipe is something to surprise anyone. The second dish was  king prawns tacos with a spicy sauce made with Discovery Chipotle Paste, that was just gorgeous and that solves lots of my problem with mexican food.

Do you know what happened next??? We had the chance to use the kitchen and have a little mexican cooking competition between bloggers: I loved it! I recreate the dishes plus some little variations. I made chicken, sesame and spinach tacos with the Discovery tortillas, and then prawn tortillas with the magic chipote sauce (1 little spoon of this and 2 big spoon of mayonnaise).

But the great thing was to use all that great kitchen stuff without thinking about washing or cleaning! It’s really a privilege and they have really everything! It was really a great experience! So thanks to Discovery, Benito’s Hat, the girls who invited me and Waitrose for the space!

Ps. of course I didn’t win the competition considering there were so many great food blogger, but here is my favourite recipe: Colin from Shizzling who cooked a fantastic green mole!

Cheesy nights!

Do you want a secret to make any dinner or night with friend top? Just buy cheese and wine.

Never like in the last months I met so many people in love with cheese and wine: french and italian of course, but also english, east european and australian too! The combination of good cheese, crackers, grapes or apples and a great red wine is always a winner.

So what I lately received is a beautiful cheeseboard with some vouchers to try some danish cheeses: Castello.

I normally buy cheese in the supermarket more than in delis, but mainly for a matter of time. Some of the supermarket cheeses are great anyway also if I miss lots of italian cheeses.

Castello cheeses are great for a classic cheeseboard: mainly blue cheeses but with taste and consistencies really different between them and great!

When I went to look for them, I was a bit disappointed to find in the most common supermarket just the 2 different blue cheeses , the danish blue and the creamy blue, and the reserve Herrgard, but when I tried them they were really different and great for the purpose: one milder and harder, the other one slightly different and extremely creamy that with the nutty taste of the Herrdgard … Made anyone happy!

And the cheeseboard where you can write the name of each cheese and dispose all the stuff in the most perfect way, it’s gorgeous!

I really liked and enjoyed my Castello night…and i think you can see it in these pictures!

Ricetta Calve: Rotolo di frittata tonnata

PROMO 1: Oggi mi sono inventata una ricetta e dato che e’ stata un successo, e’ rapida, economica e puo’ essere usato in vari contesti (finger food, pic nic, pranzo veloce, light dinner, antipasto etc) ho pensato di aggiungerlo tra le mie ricette come una ricetta numero zero. Come in ogni vacanza che si rispetti gli ultimi giorni si tenta di usare gli avanzi in frigo, da svuotare prima della partenza. Cosa c’era nel mio?

Un sacco di pomodori (sempre utili in estate) 3 uova una scatoletta di tonno, un po’ di maionese Calve’ residua ed un po’ di formaggio. Ed ecco che mi sono inventata il rotolo di frittata tonnata!

Ho aperto il tonno, l’ho scolato e messo in un piatto con la maionese Calve’ rimasta e un po’ di sale. Da un’altra parte ho sbattuto le uova con il formaggio rimasto grattato e con un po’ di sale.

Ho cotto la frittata e nel mentre o svuotato I pomodori dal centro acquoso e li ho tagliati a pezzettini piccoli e aggiunti al tonno. Quando la frittata si e’ cotta l’ho lasciata raffreddare e poi l’ho ricorperta di un bello strato di tonno, mayonese e pomodori.

Ho creato il rotolo e poi ho fissato degli stuzzicadenti per delimitare le fette e mantenerle intatte.

Ho tagliato le fette e le ho servire con uan bella insalatina fresca.

Che ve ne pare? Io vi posso dire che era buonissimo questo rotolo ☺ e ho fatto la felicita’ di mia mamma svuotandole il frigo!