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Spaghetti with cod, white wine and tomato sauce #quarantinecooking

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How to maximize time when you cook.

Some time ago a friend of mine told me that her greatest cooking challenge was calculating preparation time. I have been thinking a lot about this and about my previous experience as a cook. In fact, she is right. Some of my colleagues find recipes taking too long and wondering why. I rarely have that problem and the secret is organization.

Why?

I will use the next recipe to illustrate my method. Pasta with cod, white wine, and tomato sauce can be prepared in about 30 minutes, starting from scratch. The recipe starts by sautéing carrots and leek (or onions). So, begin with these two ingredients, and wash, Continue reading


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Pasta alla crudaiola #quarantinecooking

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Pasta “alla crudaiola”
#quarantinecooking

Pasta “alla crudaiola”
Quarantine cooking

It’s day 17 of lockdown here in Italy. So far, I have been able to keep myself busy thanks to my work, my MBA at the UoPeople, another course in statistics and R, and cooking (of course). Cooking is not the same as usual, though, because many ingredients are not available. I don’t know about you, but the way I handle food now is also different. I religiously seal and store all items carefully, and I avoid wasting anything.
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How can you tell if a recipe is good?

How can you tell if a recipe is good?

In fact, you cannot really tell it until you make it – until you have made it several times.

How can you tell if a gnocchi recipe is good? Why gnocchi?

I have chosen gnocchi because there are hundreds of different recipes, it is a classic staple of Italian cuisine, and if the recipe is good, it is delicious. (According to Massimo Montanari, Professor of Medieval History at Bologna University and scholar in Food studies, gnocchi has been a favorite recipe since the Middle Ages.)

In this post and in subsequent posts, we will study the various recipes and procedures for making gnocchi that you can find online. We will see that some recipes are good because they include photos of key steps, some are good because they explain how to vary the recipe depending on qualities of the key ingredients, and some are good because they are bad, because they show you what not to do.

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Pasta salad with salmon, chive and zucchini, #nomayonnaise

Gragnano Pasta is famous all over the world for its rich taste. They produce it by using durum wheat semolina and the special local water. In the past times, Gragnano was called “the City of Macaroni” and now the PGI label is rewarding its absolute quality.

Vesuvio is a new shape of Pasta and I received it as a gift when I visited the “Pastai Gragnanesi “stand in Florence, during the

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Limoncello cream

 

Limoncello liqueur Cream, made with pasteurized eggs

Why is it important to use pasteurized eggs? For your safety, see more here.

Ingredients:

Almond sponge:

100 g almond flour (or grind almonds)

110 g sugar

100 g egg white

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Vegetarian super burger

Vegetarian super burger

 

This healthy recipe is perfect if you’re on a diet: it’s light and it satisfies your hunger. Select high quality ingredients, since they’re the secret of its success.

Ingredients

Lentils 1 cup

Black Rice ½ cup

Dried tomatoes in oil 8 (8 half dried tomatoes)

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Pastiera di grano/wheat tart

I think this is the best cake on earth because it represents Spring, my favorite season of the year. Unfortunately, I can only post the photo, not the perfume that filled my house, like flowers blooming. I cannot imagine Easter without it.

Each family owns a recipe and I’ll post mine, that has a reduced amount of eggs and sugar, if compared to others.

If you want to learn a little bit more about “Pastiera di Grano”, visit this blog: http://almostitalian.com/pastiera-di-grano-2/

Enjoy and..Happy Easter.

Ingredients:

Pie dough

125 g butter (room temperature)

1 egg +1 egg yolk

125 g powdered sugar

250 g wheat flour

pure vanilla essence or lemon zest

1 g baking powder

Filling

1 can of cooked grain (about 400g.)

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened

1 glass of milk

1 teaspoon grated orange zest and lemon zest (organic)

500 g. of sifted ricotta

4 large eggs, at room temperature

260 g. sugar

3 tablespoons orange-flower water

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon + 1 cinnamon stick

1/2 cup very finely chopped candied orange peel

Confectioner’s sugar

Directions

Drop the wheat flour and the butter into a food processor, turn for 20 seconds, then add the powdered sugar, the egg + egg yolk and vanilla or lemon. Put aside ¼ of this dough, for the stripes. Place down the remaining dough (use a rolling-pin) into a (9-inch) pie pan and press down along the bottom and all sides. Pierce the dough by using a fork, then set aside in the fridge.

Preheat the oven at 338° F.

Place the wheat in a medium saucepan with milk. Add the butter, the cinnamon stick and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the wheat is tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Place in a large bowl, remove the cinnamon stick. Let cool.

 
In a large bowl, whisk together the ingredients in the following order: eggs, sugar, the sifted ricotta, orange-flower water, grounded cinnamon, lemon and orange zest, candied orange peel. Beat until blended, stir in the wheat mixture.

Pour the filling into the prepared pan.

Take the ¼ of the dough you have put aside and cut into 1/2 inch wide strips to use as a lattice top for the pie. Place the strips of dough across the filling, spaced about 1 inch apart (at right angles) forming a lattice top and flute well.

Bake the pie in a preheated 338° F oven for about 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until the bottom of the crust is light brown, the center is set, and the top of the pies are golden.

Serve cool.

If you like, you can give the pie tops a light sprinkle of powdered sugar before serving.

Background music: “Sweet Candy” BY AC/DC.

#Pastiera di grano #wheat tart #italianrecipe #italianfood #italiancakes #eastercakes #mirna’s recipes #pastieraversioneleggera #pastieracakelightversion


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Pasta with Zucchini, curry and soy-cream

#easypastarecipe #easyrecipe #courgettespasta #pastaeasytaste #vegetarian

Serves 3

Ingredients

3 Zucchini (in Summer you can use Zucchini blossoms)

1 pack of soy-cream (or double-cream) – about 100 g.

1 teaspoon of curry

200 g fusilli or other types of pasta

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Millet, pepper & aubergines, smoked scamorza (or smoked tofu).

Today I visited my mother and she said a farmer donated her some vegetables and she wanted to share them together with me. I went home and opened the kitchen cabinet while wondering: “so, what do I cook today for my vegetarian daughter?”. I took a pack of millet, then reminded of some leftovers of smoked cheese in the fridge. I thought, if I cook everything well, I can get a great taste from this almost “for free” recipe (in short, I just paid the millet, cheese, salt, pepper and oil, how much is it? 4 €? maybe less).

Marta said it was tasteful, delicious, light and original; what is more, I was happy to see her approval.

#mirnarossirecipe #cheaphealthyvegetableseasy #mile #vegetarian

Ingredients

100 g  millet

1 red pepper

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Dried fig, almond, and ricotta cheese tart

Ingredients

Pie dough

120 g butter (room temperature)

1 egg

100 g powdered sugar

220 g wheat flour

pure vanilla essence

Filling

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