.: 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!)

.: Close to my fire

E’ stata una giornata un po’ pesante. A busy day… and I’m tired. So when you want to cook something easy quick and tasty, you have two choices: either an omelette with extra cheese, or some lemon and ginger chicken.

Ok, you already know both, but this is a suggestion for an easy dinner when you’re tired. I have recently talked about my ginger & lemon chicken, but I will remind you what it’s all about: you just put the chicken pieces in a pan with oil, lemon and ginger, and fry them. I also added some rosemary this time.

Another very quick recipe is omelette. You mix an egg with grated cheese and grated bread, plus you add some pieces of your favourite cheese. I added some Asiago. It looks like a simple omelette

ma quando la tagliate… but when you cut it…

you find a soft heart

This is what you can do… close to your fire


.: Strange

Laura is an American singer of italian descent. Elisa is an Italian singer successfully singing English lyrics. Everybody loves to be strange… for being “strange” is the most ordinary, “normal” thing.

We are all strange
And It ain’t never never ever gonna change

Chicken is a versatile meat. You can cook it in many ways, some simpler and some “stranger”. I often cook it with just some tomato…

other times I add some ham and cheese

but tonight I tried something different. I can’t make a regular chicken curry (at least I never tried) and I didn’t have yogurt available. So I decided to make my own version, to end a long day with something new and tasty. Well.. I can tell you: mission accomplished.

What you need:

evo oil – olio evo
red onion (shallot) – scalogno
coriander – coriandolo
cumin – cumino
cinnamon – cannella
ginger – zenzero
milk – latte
Asiago cheese
and obviously chicken – pollo

Put some cumin, some curry, some cinnamon and coriander in some milk and lightly warm the mixture. Then put the chicken in the mixture for some time (from 10 to 30 minutes). Ho scaldato il latte con un po’ di cumino, coriandolo, curry e cannella.

being honest I added some nutmeg, a bit of pepper and salt.

In a pan you slightly warm the shallot in oil with  some ginger. Rosolate pochissimo lo scalogno con un po’ di zenzero.

e poi preparate il formaggio a tocchetti. Cut the cheese in little cubes.

Put the chicken in the pan on the onion and cook it a bit. In the end add the cheese cubes. Mettete il pollo nella padella e, quando è già cotto, aggiungete il formaggio per farlo fondere, alla fine.

Non so darvi le dosi delle spezie, ma ne ho messe poche perché era un esperimento. Being an experiment I used very little of each spice, but I don’t know the exact amount of each of them. Anyway I can tell the result is very good. I loved it.

Laura and Elisa really mirror the pleasure of this spiced “strange” chicken. Goodnight.

.: Here I go again

Some pretty ordinary italian courses maybe unknown outside Italy. Risotto must be one of these. Some months ago I was watching an episode of Masterchef Australia: they were at ALMA, the main Italian International Chef Academy, and were asked to cook a famous risotto by Gualtiero Marchesi (the founder). I couldn’t watch: they didn’t know the basics for a risotto. Some even burnt the rice…

Well I will never be a chef, but I can cook a common white risotto and tell you how to do it.

rice -riso
butter – burro
evo oil – olio evo
onion – cipolla
broth – brodo
grated cheese – parmigiano grattuggiato

Warm the broth. Put a little butter and oil in a pan. Mince the onion and brown it slightly (very slightly!). Then put the rice in the pan and brown it too, very very little (less that 30 seconds), then start adding some broth and keep on blending. You have to add a little broth and let it evaporate, then add some more.. and so on, until the rice is done (according to the time written on your rice pack). My whole rice is done in 10 minutes. In the end you add the grated cheese and blend it. You can also add some more cheese, if you like it, but it’s optional. Asiago would do, or Taleggio.

And another “classic” is cotoletta or cutlet. It is just a slice of chicken plunged in a (beaten) egg, then wrapped in grated bread and fried in oil. You can mix the exceeding egg with some parmersan cheese and the rest of the grated bread, and make a small omelette.

Here I go again. Just an ordinary day menu in Italy. But, as I discovered, it might be extraordinary for and Australian 😀