Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.
Ingredients (2 servings): – 250g Tagliatelle – 100ml 33% cream – 125g baby spinach – 2 small red onions – 180g Gorgonzola – sunflower oil for frying onion – black pepper for serving Method: 1 Tagliatelle: cook Al Dente 2 Spinach-Gorgonzola sauce: 2.1 Chop onions 2.2 Chop spinach 2.3 Fry onion on sunflower oil until soft, add spinach and cook at medium heat for 2-4 min 2.4 Add cream and Gorgonzola – cook at medium heat until Gorgonzola melted 3 Serving: put Tagliatelle in the plates, pour sauce on the Tagliatelle, sprinkle with black pepper and enjoy!
Method: 1 Cream: mix mascarpone with sugar and 33% cream until smooth 2 Brew black coffee (I use French press) and let it cool down 3 Put in the glass casserole dish (mine is 10cmx20cm) layer by layer: – six Savoiardi biscuits dipped one side for 2 sec in coffee – Mascarpone cream 4 Decorate with cocoa on top and put Tiramisu in a fridge overnight 5 Enjoy next morning !
Ingredients (2 servings): – 250g Tagliatelle – 200ml 33% cream – 200g Gorgonzola – 250g cherry tomatoes Method: 1 Boil Tagliatelle in salted water Al Dente and drain the water 2 Cut Gorgonzola in 2cm cubes 3 Pour 33% cream in the skillet and add gorgonzola cubes 4 Cook at medium heat gorgonzola in cream until it is melted 5 Add Tagliatelle and halved cherry tomatoes to gorgonzola sauce and cook for another minute 6 Serve and enjoy your day ! 🙂
Serving ingredients: – 1/2 bunch of scallion for serving Method: 1 Preheat the oven to 220C 2 Combine dough ingredients and knead the dough 3 Roll out the dough to the 3-5mm width round 4 Put the dough round on the baking paper and bake for 8 minutes at 220C (no filling yet) 5 Sauce: mix mashed tomatoes, 1 tsp olive oil, salt and pepper 6 Distribute the sauce evenly over the baked dough round 7 Add mozzarella slices and sprinkle with grated Grana Padano 8 Bake the pizza for 10-15 minutes 9 Sprinkle with scallion and and enjoy !
Notes: I tried this recipe today and loved it – the dough is really easy to make, overall cooking time is less than 30 minutes but the result is delicious 🙂
If you pressed me to say why I loved him, I can say no more than because he was he, and I was I.
Michel de Montaigne
Ingredients (for 12 Biscotti): – 130g wheat flour – 78g sugar – 4g Vanilla sugar – 1 egg – 1/2 tsp orange zest – 1/2 tsp rum or Amaretto – 1/2 tsp baking soda & 1/2 tsp vinegar – 63g almonds Method: 1 Pre-heat the oven to 180C. 2 Wash almonds and dry with paper towels. 3 Combine in a bowl: flour + sugar + Vanilla sugar + egg + orange zest + rum. 4 Add to the dough baking soda in the same teaspoon as vinegar: knead the dough. 5 Mix the almonds in the dough and distribute uniformly. 6 Form ~3cm width & ~30cm length log from the dough and put it on the baking paper. 7 Bake the log for 20min at 180C until golden. 8 Remove the log from the oven and let it cool down for 5 min. Do not turn off the oven. 9 Cut the log with diagonal cuts into 1.5cm width Biscotti. 10 Put Biscotti back on the baking paper and bake for 5-10 minutes. 11 Enjoy Biscotti some nice Sunday morning with a cup of black coffee and your favourite Christmas movie. Would it be this, this, this, this or this movie? 😉
Directions: 1 Preheat the oven to 200C 2 Brush both sides of Ciabatta slices with olive oil 3 Bake oiled Ciabatta slices on the baking paper for 5-7 minutes at 200C 4 Rub one side of each toast with garlic 5 Cut tomatoes into 1cm cubes and drain extra juice 6 Combine tomato cubes with 1/2 tbsp olive oil + 1 tsp balsamic vinegar + 1/2 tsp salt + 1/4 tsp pepper + chopped basil: put the mixture on the toasts! 7 Serve bruschetta with fresh corn salad and grated parmesan 8 Enjoy !
Strange fits of passion have I known: And I will dare to tell, But in the Lover’s ear alone, What once to me befell.
Ingredients (for 4 open sandwiches): – 4 slices Ciabatta (yes, Italian bread is essential, otherwise all is lost!) – 3-4 fresh tomatoes – 125g Mozarella – 10g pine nuts – fresh basil leaves
Directions: 1 Rinse and dry basil leaves 2 Toast a little Ciabatta slices 3 Toast pine nuts until golden (no oil! no butter!) 4 Wash and slice tomatoes 5 Lay on the Ciabatta pieces: basil leaves, mozzarella slices, tomato slices, pine nuts 5 Sprinkle with a few drops of olive oil 6 Enjoy !
Panna Cotta Ingredients: – 300ml 33% cream – 150ml milk – 90g sugar – 1g vanilla – 1/3 tsp agar agar powder – 100g strawberry
Serving ingredients: – 100g strawberry
Method: 1 Slice washed strawberries and put them in the glasses 2 Combine in a pan milk+33% cream+sugar+vanilla+agar agar powder 3 Warm up the mixture until boiling constantly stirring 4 Set the pan aside for 3 minutes 5 Pour the creamy mixture from the pan into the glasses over the strawberries 6 Put the glasses in the fridge for 2 hours or overnight and enjoy Panna Cotta with fresh strawberries and … wonderful mood !
Hints: 1 Some agar agar powders are different from others. One might need to make a first try to adjust agar agar amount 🙂 2 Before serving let Panna Cotta stay a little bit outside the fridge, it is tastier when it is not completely cold !
Show not what has been done, but what can be. How beautiful the world would be if there were a procedure for moving through labyrinths.
Ingredients (for 2 servings): – 180g salmon – 100ml 33% cream – 300g durum wheat semolina pasta (ideally, Italian Pasta Superior Semola) – 3 garlic clothes – 80g Parmesan – 1/2 teaspoon salt – 1/2 teaspoon pepper – 1/2 tablespoon olive oil for frying
Method: 1 Grate Parmesan into a bowl and put in the fridge for now 2 Cut salmon into 1.5cm cubes 3 Chop garlic into 0.5cm cubes 4 Simultaneously start boiling pasta (5) and cooking salmon (6) 5 Boil pasta in the salty water until ready and drain the water 6 Cook salmon for 5 minutes in olive oil with garlic, then add 33% cream and stew for another 5 minutes 7 Put the pasta in the frying pan with salmon for 1 minute, carefully mix and transfer to the serving plates 8 Sprinkle pasta with grated Parmesan, add black pepper and serve immediately !
Method: 1 Peel and wash potatoes, cut them into 1cm cubes 2 Boil potatoes cubes for 10 minutes, drain the water and let them cool down 3 Knead a dough from the dough ingredients and divide it into 4 equal parts 4 Make a 1.5cm diameter sausage out of each piece of dough 5 Cut each sausage into 0.7cm-width gnocchi and put them on a floured plate 6 Gorgonzola sauce: 6.1 Toast the pine nuts without oil until golden, put them in a bowl aside 6.2 Wash baby spinach and let it dry 6.3 Melt Gorgonzola in 33% cream on a frying pan 6.4 When Gorgonzola is melted, add spinach to the frying pan: simmer for 4 minutes 7 Put gnocchi in a boiling salted water, cook for 4 minutes 8 Drain the water and carefully mix the gnocchi in the Gorgonzola sauce: gnocchi are ready ! 9 Decorate gnocchi with toasted pine nuts and green onions !
Method: 1 Make Mascarpone cream: mix Mascarpone with sugar & 33% cream: don’t make it too liquid ! 🙂 2 Brew a really strong black coffee ! 3 Pour brewed coffee in a plate and let it cool down 4 Now put in the glasses layer by layer (you might use less or more Savoiardi biscuits depending on how high Mascarpone layers you would like to have): 4.1 Savoiardi biscuits dipped each side for 1 second in a coffee-plate 4.2 Mascarpone cream, return to 4.1 if the glass is not full yet 😉 5 Decorate with cocoa on top 6 Put Tiramisu in a fridge overnight 7 Enjoy Tiramisu with a nice old-style black&white movie !
Noi leggeveamo un giorno per diletto Di Lancialotto, come amor lo strinse; Soli eravamo e senza alcun sospetto Per più fiate gli occhi ci sospinse Quella lettura, e scolorocci il viso; Ma solo un punto fu quel che ci vinse.
Filling ingredients: – 2 eggs – 50g sugar – 200g cottage cheese (or ricotta as in original Italian recipe!) – 1 tablespoon orange zest (or lemon zest as in original Italian recipe!) – 1 pinch salt
Method: 1 Knead the dough from dough ingredients and put it in the bowl to the fridge for 1 hour 2 Make a yellow mixture: whisk egg yolks with sugar for 3 minutes, then add orange zest and cottage cheese and mix all well 3 Make a white mixture: whisk egg whites with salt for 5 minutes 4 Join yellow and white mixtures and gently mix 5 Preheat the oven to 180C 6 Cut out a 10x10cm piece from a white paper 7 Roll out the dough to be a 20x30cm rectangular 8 Using 10x10cm paper square, cut out 6 squares from our dough 9 Put the dough squares in the 6 buttered muffin form baking cups 10 Add the filling to the middle of each dough squares 11 Join the four angles of each square in the middle of each pie 12 Bake the pies at 180C for 30 minutes and at 160C for 10 minutes 13 Cool the pies down for 30 minutes 14 Serve with powdered sugar and enjoy with a cup of green tea !
Notes: – Soffioni Abruzzesi = Dandelion of Abruzzo from Italian. These cakes are especially popular in the region of Abruzzo during Easter holiday 🙂