:. Stone cold fever

How to cuddle yourself in such hard times? Pumpking soup is the answer. Visto che in casa si tende a smangiucchiare e ingrassare, vi propongo una ricetta buonissima a base di verdure e patate: la zuppa di zucca.

onion – cipolla
pumpkin – zucca
potatoes – patate
carrots – carote
evo oil – olio evo
spices (paprika, turmeric, pepper, chili pepper, ginger, cinnamon) – spezie (paprica, curcuma, pepe, peperoncino, zenzero, cannella)

mince the onion, and brown it in the oil with the spices you like

then add the pumpkin, and the potatoes

add the minced carrots too, some water and salt

let it boil for about 30 minutes, then mash it up with a blender.

Let’s all fight against this stone cold fever

 

.: Green, white, red

Yes, summer is zucchini and tomato time… so here are two simple recipes based on tomato sauce. The first one is a pasta dish, while the second one is a basic sauce you can use to cook many other food (meat or pasta).

Put some oil in a pan, add a little minced onion and fry, then add the zucchini pieces and cook a little, then add the tomato sauce. Cook your favourite pasta in salted water and just before it’s done, put some pieces of mozzarella in the pan

Put the cooked pasta in the pan and mix it all. You’re done.

You can make a similar sauce (with no mozzarella) and use it with pasta or to cook different kind of meat in it, for example chicken or beef.

evo oil as a base. Put some minced onion and cook very little. Then add some minced carrot (the sweetness of carrots makes it great)  and the minced zucchini (optional). Finally add the tomato sauce, a little of minced garlic and all the spices you like… for example: pepper, chili, cumin, coriander, ginger, turmeric, paprica. Remember to add a little water if it dries… you should keep it fluid. Jump into the pleasure…

.: Love me two times

Sometimes you make a dish and something on the side, then you realize that you can mix all together and it would be great. A volte sembra un secondo e un contorno, ma poi ti rendi conto che se li metti insieme fanno una bella insalata di pollo. Peccato che siamo solo in Aprile perché credo sia un fantastico piatto estivo.

Pollo speziato in insalata con origano. Spieced chicken and oregano salad.

evo oil – olio evo
red onion (shallot) – scalogno
coriander – coriandolo
ginger – zenzero
nutmeg – noce moscata
oregano – origano
salt – sale
and obviously chicken – pollo

Put the spices in the pan with the oil and lightly warm the mixture. Mettete le spezie nell’olio in padella a fuoco basso.

Cut the chicken in small pieces and wet it with the lemon. Tagliate il pollo a pezzi piccoli e bagnatelo con il limone.

Then put the onion and the chicken in the pan and go on cooking. Add oregano and salt at the end. Mettete il pollo in padella con la cipolla, bagnate con altro limone e cuocete. Sale e origano alla fine.

If you have lettuce, you can make a hot-cold chicken salad.


Se avete della lattuga o altra insalata, questo pollo può anche essere mischiato all’insalata per fare un’insalata di pollo caldo-freddo.

Oh well… even one time would do. La primavera !!

.: Upside down

We have to experiment, don’t be afraid of trying new combinations. How does that look ?

Ok, but not all you try turns out good or non tutte le ciambelle riescono col buco. I mean this chicken-ginger-nutmeg-zucchini-onion-almonds is ok, but something could be replaced and something could be better done. For example: I shouldn’t have started with onion

This is what I did, which means the order I put ingredients in the pan throughout the cooking: [questo è l’ordine in cui ho messo gli ingredienti in padella]

1. evo oil – olio evo
2. onion – cipolla
3. ginger – zenzero
4. nutmeg – noce moscata
5. zucchini – zucchine
6. chicken – pollo
7. almonds – mandorle
8. salt – sale

Problems: onion got burnt and zucchini was not the best combination of taste. [La cipolla si è fritta un po’ troppo – anche se a me piace – e le carote forse si sposerebbero meglio delle zucchine]

And this is what I should have done:

1. replace zucchini with carrots
2. evo oil – olio evo
3. ginger – zenzero
4. nutmeg – noce moscata
5. julienne carrots – carote alla julienne
6. chicken – pollo
7. onion – cipolla
8. almonds – mandorle
9. salt – sale

Ok now you know what to do. But as to me, for this evening I appreciated this, anyway.

But when you have two genius, “Upside down” is the chance for a successful improvisation (quality is bad, but performance is great!)

.: Present past

Something old, something new, everything always changing… I created tagliatelle with salmon, potatoes, ginger and cinnamon. Sounds weird ? Well, tastes good. Ok tagliatelle salmone, patate, zenzero e cannella sembrano strane, ma effettivamente è un buon mix.

We all have our “time of the heart”, our Dreamtime, the years when we were powerful, we were full of hopes and dreams, full of passion and energy, the time when we felt invincible and immortal. So when I want to feel good I visit those days, between 80s and 90s… and make past present, in a jump!

Let’s jump in the kitchen then.

I will not tell you to make tagliatelle or fettuccine, just buy them and cook them in  salted water as usual. This is the “old” part. The new one starts with potatoes: cut them in cubes and boil ‘em in water for 3-4 minutes. Bollite le patate a cubetti per renderle morbide.

Then put potatoes in a pan with some oil, rosmary, ginger and cinnamon, and brown them for 5 to 10 minutes. Saltate le patate in padella con olio, zenzero, cannella e rosmarino per 5-10 minuti.

Then add the salmon and just brown it very slightly. In the end add the tagliatelle and let them take the taste of the dressing for a minute in the pan. You can serve.

Aggiungete il salmone e scottatelo leggermente, infine saltate le tagliatelle nel condimento et c’est fini.

and ask yourself: why can’t this be love ?

it can ! Look again