Wednesday, December 31
Tuesday, December 30
1 egg & 100 grams of flour = 150 grams of pasta
100 grams of tipo 0 flour for every egg
pinch of salt
Pour flour onto the table in a mound.
Make a well in the center & crack the eggs into the well.
Slowly incorporate the eggs into the dough using a fork - pulling in the flour to the center of the well.
Form into a nice dough, knead for 5-10 minutes until you have worked the dough well & it has a nice shiny outside.
1mm thick by 3mm wide - Tagliatelle
After you cut your pasta allow to dry for about 1-2 hours, depending on room temperature.
Boil for 1-2 minutes in plenty of salted boiling water.
Tuesday, December 23
Tuesday, December 16
Coniglio alla Cacciatora (Rabbit in the style of the Hunter)- La Tavola Marche Agriturismo
Rabbit 3-3.5 lbs
1/2 cup olive oil
2 cloves garlic
2-3 sprigs of sage
salt & pepper
2 cups wine vinegar
3 anchovy fillets, finely chopped
2-3 tablespoons capers
Clean the rabbit & cut into serving pieces. Wash is carefully & wipe dry.
Heat the olive oil in a frying pan & sauté the rabbit pieces with garlic & sage until brown all over. Sprinkle with salt & pepper to taste. Dilute the vinegar with an equal amount of water & pour half of it into the pan.
Cover, lower the heat and simmer for 45 minutes, adding most of the remaining vinegar, a little at a time, as the rabbit dries out.
When the rabbit is tender, transfer the pieces to a deep heated serving dish. Keep hot. Discard the garlic cloves. Stir the anchovies and capers into the sauces, and continue cooking & stirring until the anchovies are reduced to a paste.
Bring to a simmer and stir over a moderate heat until the sauces has thickened. Pour over the rabbit & serve immediately.
NOTE: Best served with roasted potatoes - patate al forno!
Monday, December 15
Now, this must be noted- only in Italy will you find a protest complete with a table full of jugs of homemade wine, a little pecorino cheese, some salumi & bread. It was more like a picnic & social gathering among neighbors, friends & hunters.Jason was in the paper in 2 different pictures for the protest! He is the crazy American with a bright red Canada sweatshirt! The story made the 7:30 Sunday evening news on TV last night! The local police showed up as well as the caribineri (military police) to see what the fuss was about. Nothing in Italy gets done quickly when it comes to government so if the road is repaired in 2009 sometime, we'll be happy.
Wednesday, December 3
Tuesday, December 2
Sunday, November 30
Sunday, November 23
Butternut Squash Soup
2 medium butternut squash - peeled, diced, seeded
2 medium onions, diced
2 carrots, peeled, diced
2 ribs celery diced
2 garlic cloves, chopped
salt & pepper
In a soup pot heat 2 glugs of olive oil over med low heat, add carrots, celery, onions & garlic - until translucent - about 15-20 minutes.
Then add your squash, bay leaf & a couple sprigs of fresh thyme and salt & pepper. Sautée for another 15-20 min. on med-low heat until the squash starts to fall apart & gets soft.
Cover with vegetable stock & cook another 20 min. until the squash is now totally soft.
You may need to adjust the amount - if it looks like it is getting too thick, add a little water.
Blend with a hand blender & then add in about half a cup of heavy cream.
Adjust the seasonings to your liking: you can add in cinnamon, nutmeg &/or a clove to make it a bit more spicy & festive!
Toast a piece of bread & float it on top - garnish if you like with a little parsley
I know the cream sounds heavy, but it really rounds out the vegetables. Enjoy!!
Thursday, November 20
125 g sugar
125 g chopped walnuts
125 g Nutella
125 g butter
60 g flour
.5 teaspoon yeast
pinch of salt
Beat the eggs with the sugar.
Melt the butter & chocolate together.
Combine all ingredients.
Butter & flour a spring form pan. Add mixture to pan.
Cook at 375 for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
(Since this recipe is Italian, it is in grams - click here for a conversion table.)