10.17.2017

Beer and butternut squash focaccia

2 cups of bread flour - 0 flour in Italy1 cup of semolina flour

1 fresh yeast or one sachet of powder (yeast for bread)
Honey
1 cup good quality beer (can be any beer, even dark)
1 tbsp salt
1/4 cup olive oil + oil to drizzle
Rock salt
Fresh sage
1 cup butter nut squash in pieces
Half red onion in jullien (optional)

In a big bow dissolve the yeast with one tbsp of honey. If the yeast is
 active, the yeast will become liquid. Add the beer and dissolve again.
 Add the semolina and the flour and mix with a spoon until is hard.
Add then the salt and 1/4 cup olive oil in your hands. Kneed for
about 3 minutes at the most. Flatten the dough in a big retangle
in a non stick pan or in a pan covered with baking paper. Make
little holes with your finger and add the sage, squash and red
onions, drizzle honey, olive oil and few pinches of rock salt.






Sage and honey focaccia

2 cups of bread flour - 0 flour in Italy1 cup of semolina flour
1 fresh yeast or one sachet of powder (yeast for bread)
Honey
1 cup water
1 tbsp salt
1/4 cup olive oil + oil to drizzle
Rock salt
Fresh sage

In a big bow dissolve the yeast with one tbsp of honey. If the yeast is active, the yeast will become liquid. Add the water and dissolve again. Add the semolina and the flour and mix with a spoon until is hard. Add then the salt and 1/4 cup olive oil in your hands. Kneed for about 3 minutes at the most. Flatten the dough in a big retangle in a non stick pan or in a pan covered with baking paper. Make little holes with your finger and add the sage, drizzle honey, olive oil and few pinches of rock salt.
Bake in a convection oven for 25 minutes or until golden brown in 190C.

9.02.2017

Farofa with meat recipe


Farofa package
Ingredients:
1 onion, sliced
5 garlic cloves, sliced
1 red pepper, cut in stripes
1 yellow pepper, cut in stripes
250g Italian sausages
1 chicken breast
500g pork filet
300g pork belly
2 cups farofa
Fresh cilantro or fresh parsley
4 Limes
1 tbsp cumin
1/2 tbsp chilli peppers
1/4 cup olive oil
Salt & Pepper

1. Marinade the pork filet, Italian sausages, chicken and pork belly with the lime, cilantro, cumin, chilli pepper flakes and olive oil. Let it rest for at least three hours. You can make holes with a knife on the pork and put the garlic inside the meat.

2. Bake all the meats together until is all tender and cooked. About 40 minutes in a 200C.

3. In a frying pan, stir fry all the vegetables together. Cut the meat in bite pieces and mix together with the vegetables.

4. Stir in together the farofa, then serve it with limes on the top.

7.18.2017

White meat sauce with almonds (ragù bianco)


1kg minced veal or pork

1/2 cup almonds, chopped 

100g black forest ham


1/2 onion or one shallot, chopped

1 clove of garlic, chopped

1 carrot, chopped

1 celery stick, chopped

Parsley

1/4 cup of olive oil

1 cup of white wine

4 tbsp cream or mascarpone

In a sauce pan combine the carrots, onion and garlic with the olive oil. Then add the ham with the almonds and let cook until brown. Add the veal and let cook in a slow temperature for about 20 minutes.  When the meat is brown, turn the heating on high and add the wine.  Let to reduce until there will be no wine left. Cook for another 3 minutes and it is ready to serve with the parsley and the mascarpone.

7.14.2017

Chocolate fudge flan

1 cup/can condensed milk1 cup heavy cream
8 tbsp chocolate powder
3 eggs
1 tbsp butter
Chocolate granulate

Mix all the ingredients in a blender.
You can make it individual or in a big tray. Grease the pan with butter and sugar.
Add the mixture and bake in bain-Marie for about 40 minutes.
Take out of oven and let cool down. Serve cold with granulate chocotale on the top.




Linguini alle vongole

Vongole sauce

-1kg fresh and alive vongole (clams)-1/4 cup olive oil
-4 garlic cloves
-Onion, half chopped
-1 cup cherry tomatoes, cut in half
-1 cup white wine
-Italian parsley
-Crushed red pepper flakes
-Salt & Black pepper

In a big pan, fry the garlic and onions until golden brown.  Add the cherry tomatoes and let cook for another 3 minutes. Add the vongole, wine, pepper flakes, parsley and the salt & pepper. Close the pan and let cook until all the vongole is open. When is all open, take the lid out of the pan and let cook a little more to evaporate a little bit the wine! Toss the pasta in and serve it!

7.12.2017

Pollo all'arancia e limone

Ingredients
  • 2 bone in, skin on chicken breasts, or other chicken parts
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 whole lemons, one juiced and one sliced
  • 2 whole oranges, one juiced and one sliced
  • 1 tablespoon rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon sage
  • 1 teaspoon, chopped garlic
  • red pepper flakes, a good pinch
  • 1 medium red onion, sliced
  • ¼ cup of olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 200C/400F
  2. Whisk together the olive oil, honey, lemon and orange juice, dried seasoning, paprika, red pepper flakes, onion or garlic powder, salt and pepper.
  3. Place chicken into a baking dish and pour mixture on top turning to coat all sides, at this point you can let it marinate for a little while if you have the time for even more flavor infusion.
  4. Arrange the sliced citrus and onion all around and underneath the chicken.
  5. Place fresh thyme and rosemary throughout and a good drizzle of olive oil.
  6. Roast uncovered for about an hour or until juices run clear and chicken is fully cooked.

Nonna's Summer Pork Roast


  • 2 Tb sage leafs, chopped
  • 2 Tb rosemary, chopped
  • 8 cloves garlic, minced
  • zest of one lemon
  • ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1 piece pork tenderloin or pork filet mignon 
  • 5 slices bacon, thick cut
  1. To begin, preheat your oven to 220C/425 degrees.
  2. In a small dish, combine the sage and rosemary, minced garlic, the salt and pepper, the orange zest and the extra virgin olive oil. Stir this together into a soft paste.
  3. Place your pork in a baking dish. Slather the herb paste all over the top and drizzle some wine.
  4. Lay the bacon slices across, tucking the ends underneath.
  5. Bake for 40-45 minutes with a water dish inside the oven.
  6. Remove the roast to a platter and let it rest for 10 minutes before cutting.
  7. Enjoy!

7.06.2017

Risotto allo zafferano con seppie (Risotto with saffron and squid)

Ingredients for five servings:

1kg/2lbs Squid
2 1/2 cup of carnaroli rice
1 cup cherry tomatoes
1 onion
2 cloves garlic
A pinch of Saffron
Parsley (Fresh of course, if you have dry parsley trow in the trash!)
Olive Oil
Lemon
Salt & Pepper
Fish stock (To make the stock, boil some fish heads, shrimp with skin, onion and carrots).
White wine

You will need three pans for this preparation. One for the rice, one for the quid and another for the stock.

Use half of the onion and saute the onions with the squid for 10 minutes in high heat and another 10 with low heat. On the first five minutes add as well the cherry tomatoes cut in half.

In another pan, saute the onion and garlic. Add the rice and stock, cook for about 15 minutes. Add the Saffron and mix well until is al yellow. Add the squid, and mix well.

When the rice is cooked, take out of heat and add the lemon and parsley.

Serve with a good glass of prosecco or white wine.



6.23.2017

Limoncello sorbet

Very simple and refreshing. Perfect for serving in hot summer days.

Ingredients:
Juice of two lemons
1 shot of limoncello
1/2 cup sugar
4 cups of ice
Lemon zest

Mix the lemon juice, sugar, limoncello and lemon zest. In a blender add the ice and the juices mixture. Blend until homogenic. Serve immediately or keep in the freezer for four hours before serving.


5.02.2017

Moqueca de Camarão (Coconut shrimp stew)

1 tbsp palm oil (Dendê oil can be changed for coconut oil)4 tbsp peanut oil
4 cloves of garlic (sliced)
1 tbsp chopped ginger
1 onion (julienne)
1 red pepper (julienne)
1 yellow pepper (Julienne)
2 tomatoes (Julienne)
1 can coconut milk
2 tbsp tomato paste
1 kg/ 2.2lbs Shrimp
Fresh Cilantro leaves
Spice chilli peppers (Add as much as you like all different spices you like)
Two limes

In a big pot, fry the ginger, garlic and onions with the mix of peanut oil and palm oil. After they are getting brown add the peppers and tomatoes. Stir a little bit and let cook with the pot closed in medium/low heat for 5 minutes. Add the coconut milk and tomato paste and let cook for another 10 minutes with the pot closed. Don't stir too much. After the 10 minutes add the chopped cilantro leaves, the spices and the shrimp. Close the pan again and let cook for not more that 10 minutes in medium heat. Open the pot and squeeze the lime. Serve with rice and fried cassava or fried potatoes.

4.26.2017

Gnocchi with cheese and almonds sauce

5 tbsp butter
4 tbsp flour4 cups whole milk
1 cup heavy cream
1 cup grated Asiago cheese
1/2 cup Parmiggiano or Grana Padano
3 tbsp Gorgonzola (optional)
Salt & Pepper
1/2 tea spoon nutmeg
1/2 cup chopped almonds


In a medium saucepan, heat the butter over medium-low heat until melted. Add the flour and stir until smooth. Over medium heat, cook until the mixture turns a light, golden sandy color, about 6 to 7 minutes.
Meanwhile, heat the milk in a separate pan until just about to boil. Add the hot milk to the butter mixture 1 cup at a time, whisking continuously until very smooth. Bring to a boil. Cook 10 minutes, stirring constantly, then remove from heat. Add the cream and cheeses. Season with salt and nutmeg, and set aside until ready to use. In a different pan, toast the almonds with olive oil or butter and add to the sauce.

Gnocchi alla Bolognese

For the Bolognese sauce

5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons butter
1 carrot, finely, diced
1 medium onion, diced
1 rib celery, finely diced
1 clove garlic, sliced
500g veal, ground
500g pork, ground
1/4 pound pancetta or slab bacon, ground
1 tube tomato paste
1 1/2 cup milk
1 cup dry white wine
Parsley
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Parmigiano-Reggiano, for grating


In a 6 to 8-quart, heavy-bottomed saucepan, heat the olive oil and butter over medium heat.
Add the carrots and a table spoon of salt and wait the carrots to be brown. Add the pancetta and cook for another five minutes.
Add the onions, celery, and garlic and sweat over medium heat until the vegetables are translucent and soft but not browned, about 10 to 15 minutes. Add the veal and pork and stir into the vegetables. Add the meat over high heat, stirring to keep the meat from sticking together until browned. Add the wine and mix very well, the wine will deglaze the pan. Add the tomato paste, milk and simmer over medium-low heat for 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Season with salt and pepper, to taste, and remove from the heat.
For the GNOCCHI RECIPE CLICK HERE!!!

4.21.2017

Gnocchi Alla Sorrentina



-4 cups of can crushed tomatoes
-1/3 cup olive oil
-1 chopped onion
-5 garlic cloves, sliced
-1/2 medium carrot, shredded
-1 pinch crushed red pepper

-Basil
-Mozzarella

-Parmigiano


1 - In a big saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the carrots, onion and garlic and cook until soft and light golden brown, about 8 to 10 minutes;



2 - Add the tomatoes and bring to a boil, stirring often;



3 - Lower the heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Season with salt and pepper;

4 - Drop the gnocchi into the boiling water and cook until floating aggressively, 4 to 5 minutes. Carefully transfer the gnocchi to a baking pan with the sauce, using a slotted spoon.

5 - Tear the basil leaves into a few pieces and add to the sauce along with the mozzarella cubes and parmigiano. Bake for no longer than five minutes. It is just to melting the cheese.










Gnocchi recipe

 Gnocchi dough
Gnocchi dough

Gnocchi alla Sorrentina

Gnocchi alla Bolognese

Gnocchi with cheese and almonds sauce




4.19.2017

Garganelli

Ingredients:

3 cups Italian 00 flour or all-purpose flour
3 eggs plus 1 egg yolk
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Add the flour, the salt, nutmeg and cheese in a bowl. Mix with eggs until the texture is similar to a play dough. It cant be to stick, neither to dry. Add more flour or a little bit of warm water if necessary. Let dough to rest for about 15min wrapped in plastic or inside a container.

How to form the Garganelli?

First, divide the dough into 4-6 portions (whatever size is easiest for you to work with.)  Roll each portion through a pasta machine to a very thin dough, about a #7 setting.  Lightly flour the garganelli board.Cut the dough into 3-inch 
wide strips.Cut the strips of pasta into 
1-1/2 inch squares.Place one of the squares on a garganelli/gnocchi board, turn it so it looks like a diamond.Place the dowel at the bottom of 
the dough diamond.Roll the dowel to the to top of the diamond, pressing down lightly on the dough as you roll.Fold the top point of the 
diamond up over the dowel.Roll the dowel back down 
to the bottom of the diamond.At the end, press down to seal the bottom point of dough to the roll.Slide the formed quill off the dowel onto a floured tray.

Continue until all the garganelli are formed.  Set the garganelli aside to dry for 2-3 hours.

Continue until all the garganelli are formed.  Set the garganelli aside to dry for 2-3 hours.
Continue until all the garganelli are formed.  Set the garganelli aside to dry for 2-3 hours.

4.04.2017

Quinoa, poppy seeds and lemon muffin

This is a great recipe for who is trying to loose weight or gain muscle. Also gluten free.

375ml (1cup) quinoa flour (if you don't have it home, pretty much using a blender or pesto mortar, blend quinoa until is like a flour texture)
30ml (2 tbsp) Poppy seeds
22ml (1 1/2 tbsp) corn starch
14ml (3 tbs) baking powder
2ml (1/2 tbs) salt
3 eggs
175g (3/4 cup) greek yogurt
60ml (1/4 cup) coconut oil
125ml (1/2 cup) honey
2 lemons (use just the zest)

To make this muffin is very simple. Pretty much mix all the solid ingredients together in one bowl. In a second bowl, using a hand mixer mix all the liquids. Then slowly incorporate the solids into liquids until is homogenised. Bake for 25 minutes in 180C (370F).
Trick: You can juice the two lemons and mix with one tbsp of honey, cook for 2 minutes and using a spoon add on the top of the muffins.

Goes perfect with a cup of tea or coffee! :)



4.03.2017

Rucula tagliattelli with Sausage ragu

For the dough:

1 cup arugula
3 eggs
1 1/2 cup 00 flour (cake flour)
1 1/2 cup Semolina flour
1 tbsp olive oil
Pinch of salt

In a blender, blend the eggs with the arugula until is smooth green. In a bowl or on the table mix the eggs with the oil, salt and flour. Mix until the texture is similar to a play dough. Roll the dough in a pasta machine or by hand. If you have a Marcato pasta machine make the tagliatelle until the number 6.

Sausage sauce:
3 cloves of garlic, minced

200g of sausage, taken out of their casings
1/2 cup of tomato paste

1 cup heavy cream (one box of Italian Parmalat Panna)
1 1/12 cup of red wine
Thyme, about a Tablespoon
Olive oil 
Salt & Pepper to taste

Fry the onion, garlic and sausage in a generous amount of olive oil.  Once onions have browned and meat has cooked, add one cup of wine and let liquid reduce half it's amount.  Add tomato paste, and thyme.  Let cook for five minutes and add another half cup of wine.  Cover and simmer the sauce at a low temperature for about 30 minutes then add the cream, stirring occasionally, do not allow to boil.
Serve with a hard cheese, recommended Parmesan (Parmigiano Reggiano).

4.01.2017

International Recipes

JEWISH (7)

Challah bread

Cheese Blintz

Cholent

Eastern European Passover Brisket

Jerusalem Bagel

Mofletta

Shakshuka




AFRICAN (20)


Basic Moroccan Fish with Paprika

Chicken and vegetables couscous

Chermula sauce

Harira (Moroccan soup)

Himbasha (Ethiopian bread)

Kik Alicha

North African Meatballs

Ras el Hanout (North African Spice Mix)

Senegalese Peanut Stew

Egyptian Casserole

Egyptian Stuffed Peppers

Kefte (Moroccan meatballs)

Niter Kibbeh

Tagine

Tibs (Ethiopian beef stir fry)

Tunisian Fish Soup

Shakshuka

South African yellow rice

Peri Peri Chicken

West African Lime and Peanut Cake




MIDDLE EASTERN (20)

Baba Ganoush

Chicken Shawarma

Couscous with lentils and pomegranate 

Fatayer

Fattoush

Falafel

Harra Potatoes

Hummus

Labneh

Roasted Lamb

Mujadara

Mutabal

Tabouli

Tahini Cookies

Toum (Lebanese Garlic Sauce)

Stuffed Zucchini

Persian Saffron pudding

Pita Bread

Zaatar and lemon Chicken (Lebanese)


NORTH AMERICAN (2)

Etoufee


Oysters Rockfeller


CENTRAL AMERICAN / CARIBBEAN (13)

Arroz con Bacalao

Aztecan soup

Cuban garlic sauce

Cuban pumpkin flan

Guacamole

Dulce de leche creme brulee

Haitian shrimp Creole

Tamal en cazuela

Pernil Assado

Tres Leches Cake

Tchaka (Beans and smoked pork stew)

Majerete

Vaca Frita








SOUTH AMERICAN (34)

Alfajores

Brazilian Cheese Bread (Pão de Queijo)

Poor Bitch Rice (Brazilian rice dish - Arroz de Puta Pobre)

Cooked pinto beans

Chimichurri

Beef onions and garlic

Bolivian peanut soup

Black beans Brazilian style

Basic white rice

Brazilian Empanadas

Brigadeiros

Cachapas

Carrot cake

Cajuzinho

Cilantro pesto

Crazy black lady cake

Colombian doughnuts

Chicken pie

Colombian Coconut Chicken

Corn chowder

Corn and cheese cake

Creamy Corn cake

Crazy black lady cake

Ham and cheese rolls

Tortilla Paraguaya

Milanesa alla Napolitana

Moqueca de peixe

Natillas

Picadillo

Puchero Paraguayo

Pumpkin and coconut shrimp

Queijadinha

Soyo (Paraguyan soup)

White beans and chicken stew




EUROPEAN (7)

Bigos (National Polish Dish)

Creme Brulee

Shepherd's Pie

Gazpacho

Mediterranean baked fish

Romanian Goulash


Tartiflette


OCEANIA

ASIA (26)

Afghan Chicken Curry (Lawang)

Beef Rendang

Chicken Khao Soi

Chicken Pho

Chinese Pulled Pork

Chow Mein

Dandan Noodles

Japanese rice

Katsu Curry

Kimchi fried rice

Kofta Curry

Korean Pancakes

Miso Ramen

Gyoza

Shrimp Pad Thai

Sichuan Chicken

Strawberry Mochi

Stir fry with beef and ginger 

Summer rolls

Peanut dipping sauce

Pork Chops Vietnamese Style

Thai Curry Noodle Soup

Tofu Pad Thai

Ramen Broth

Roasted Chicken with limes

Vegan Thai Curry

Vietnamese Pho



Multicultural (1)


Tikka Masala









Total: 121






1.31.2017

Buckwheat ravioli

 Pizzoccheri is a typical recipe of Valtellina, a mountainous region of Northern Italy.
Traditionally the pizzoccheri are a sort of short fettuccine made with buckwheat flour.
The sauce is made with savoy cabbage, potatoes, mountain cheese and a lot of butter.
It was amazing for us to make a sort of upgrading of the recipe, giving it a fusion touch...


Ingredients for 4 persons:


  • 150 g buckwheat flour
  • 100 g all purpose flour 
  • 20 g water 
  • 200 g boiled potatoes 
  • 20 g grated Parmigiano cheese + some more to season pasta 
  • 100 g semi-hard cow cheese like Asiago Mezzano
  • 250 g cabbage or savoy 
  • a handful of sage leaves 
  •  wo cloves of garlic
  • ground nutmeg and black pepper, e.v.o.oil, sea salt to taste 
 Boil the potatoes for about 30 minutes and set aside to cool down.

Make the dough: combine the two flours, a pinch of salt. Add a bit of water at a time: it may be that you will need more or less than 120 grams of water. It depend on the type of the flour. Add water a bit at a time until you get a tender but not sticky dough. Wrap in cling film and set aside for 15 minutes.
 Mash the cold potatoes and pour them into a large bowl. Add 20 g of grated Parmigiano cheese and the semi-hard cow cheese, grated. Season with a pinch of nutmeg, a pinch of ground black pepper and two pinches of sea salt. Combine well.
Roll the dough onto a floured surface. You can use the pasta maker, if you have one. The pasta sheets must be thin, but not too much like as you were rolling the tagliatelle or fettuccine: pizzoccheri is a rustic kind of pasta. 

You can make ravioli in the shape you like: squares, triangles, rounds... Cut the rolled dough into your favourite shape, place a teaspoon of filling in the middle. 

 Set the ravioli onto a floured board and bring to a boil a large pot of water. 
 
Meanwhile, wash and cut the cabbage into stripes of about 2 cm wide. When the water boils add salt (remember: 7 grams per litre) and pour the vegetable into it. Cook for about 8 minutes, then add the ravioli and cook for 5 minutes more.  

Melt the butter in a saucepan. Add the sage leaves and the garlic. Cook gently: the condiment must not burn. Drain the ravioli and the cabbage. Place into a serving plate and dress with aromatic hot butter and a generous handful of grated cheese. Enjoy!


Ravioli verdi ai formaggi e salsiccia

Sausage Filling
1/2 pound Italian Sausage (In Italy is just called Salsiccia sfusa)
1 tbsp. butter
1 tsp. crushed red pepper (or if you prefer just ground regular pepper)
1 cup grated Parmigiano cheese
1 tsp. oregano
1 tsp. parsley
1 egg yolk
Pinch of nutmeg
1. Cook the sausage until it’s no longer pink. Place in food processor, pulsing several times, but do NOT puree it.
2. Mix the sausage with the rest of the ingredients. Keep in the refrigerated until ready to use.

Homemade Spinach Pasta
  • 2 1/2 cups Flour
  • 3 Eggs
  • 5 ounces Fresh or Frozen Spinach (blanched and drained and pureed)
  • pinch Salt
  • pinch freshly Grated Nutmeg
  • Bench Flour (for dusting)

Place the flour, eggs, spinach, salt, and nutmeg in the bowl of the processor and pulse 15 times for 6 seconds at a time. The dough should be elastic and a little sticky. Wrap it in plastic wrap and allow it to rest at room temperature for 50 minutes. (The wrapped dough can be stored in the fridge for up to 1 day.) 
Note: If using frozen spinach, skip the blanching and simply thaw and press out excess water using a clean kitchen towel.


Cheese and mushroom sauce
  • 3 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup of our favorite mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 pinch nutmeg
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 Tbsp. flour
  • 1.5 cups milk
  • ⅔ cup shredded parmesan cheese

  1. In a large saucepan, heat olive oil over medium heat.
  2. Add mushrooms, garlic, nutmeg, salt and pepper to oil and saute until mushrooms have reduced in size, about 4 minutes. If the mushrooms soak up all the olive oil, add another tablespoon.
  3. Add flour to saucepan and stir to incorporate all ingredients. Cook for one minute.
  4. Add ½ cup of the milk and stir to break up any lumps of the mushroom and flour mixture. The milk will thicken fairly quickly; that’s okay. Add the remainder of the milk and stir to incorporate all ingredients. Bring to a simmer and cook until milk has thickened, about 5 minutes.
  5. Remove sauce from heat and stir in parmesan cheese. If you can, shred your own cheese – pre-shredded cheese has additives in it that make it more difficult for the cheese to melt smoothly. 
  6. Garnish with walnuts if you would like and shredded parmesan cheese and serve immediately.