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"La rabbia della sera - riponela per la mattina." (The evening rage - put it away for the morning.) Welcome to another recipe edition from Adriana's Italian Bakery!

This week's Italian recipes:
  -Fisherman's Eggs En Cocotte
  -Turbot in Orange Sauce
  -Walnut Tart

All of us at the bakery here at Santo Stefano Quisquina sincerely hope you enjoy your recipes!

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Adriana Ciccarello       


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 Recipe: Fisherman's Eggs En Cocotte

Fisherman's Eggs En Cocotte
Uova in Cocotte alla Pescatora

Ingredients:

4 eggs
3 oz (80 grams) canned sardines in oil, drained
1 oz (25 grams) butter, plus extra for greasing
1 fresh flat-leaf parsley sprig, chopped
Salt and pepper

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 180C (350F) Gas Mark 4.

Grease four ramekins with butter.

Remove the bones from the sardines and chop the flesh.

Divide the flesh among the ramekins.

Break an egg into each dish, season with salt and pepper to taste and dot with the butter.

Place the ramekins in a roasting tin.

Add boiling water to come about halfway up the sides and bake for about 8-10 minutes or until the egg whites are lightly set.

Alternatively, place the roasting tin over a low heat for 8-10 minutes.

Sprinkle with the parsley and serve. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Turbot in Orange Sauce

Turbot in Orange Sauce
Rombo all'Arancia

Ingredients:

2 oranges
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
4 turbot or brll fillets
2 tablespoons sugar
Salt
Orange slices, to garnish

Directions:

Thinly pare the rind of one of the oranges, discarding all traces of pith, and chop very finely.

Squeeze the juice from both oranges and strain into a measuring jug.

Heat the olive oil in a pan and add the fish.

Season lightly with salt, add half the orange juice and cook over a medium heat, turning the fish occasionally, for 15 minutes.

Pour 2 tablespoons water into a saucepan, add the orange rind and sugar, heat for 2-3 minutes and stir in the remaining orange juice.

Pour the sauce over the fish and cook for a further 10 minutes.

Transfer to a warm serving dish and garnish with orange slices. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Walnut Tart

Walnut Tart
Torta di Noci

Ingredients:

For the pastry:
4 oz (100 grams) unsalted butter
2 oz (50 grams) superfine or caster sugar
2 large egg yolks
8 oz (225 grams) plain white or Italian type '00' flour

For the filling:
3 oz (75 grams) superfine or caster sugar
1 teaspoon (5 ml) fresh lemon juice
4 tablespoons (60 ml) fragrant honey
8 oz (225 grams) unsalted butter
8 oz (225 grams) chopped walnuts
Pinch of salt
Icing sugar, for dusting
Mascarpone cheese, to serve

Directions:

Prepare the pastry:
Beat together the butter and sugar until light and soft.

Add the egg yolks one at a time, then mix in the flour.

With your hands, bind the mixture together.

Wrap in greaseproof paper and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.

Prepare the filling:
Put all the ingredients in a saucepan, bring to the boil and boil for 2 minutes.

Remove from the heat a leave to cool.

Pre-heat the oven to 200C (400F) Gas Mark 6.

On a lightly floured surface, roll out the pastry and use to line a 8 and 1/2 inch (22 cm) flan tin. Don't worry if the pastry cracks, just press it into the tin and patch if necessary.

Trim and re-roll the trimmings for the top.

Spread the cooled walnut filling into the case and cover with the pastry top.

Using the prongs of a fork, seal the edges together and prick the top.

Bake in the oven for 30 minutes until golden. Leave to cool in the tin.

Before serving, dust with sifted icing sugar and serve with a serving of mascarpone cheese. Serves 12.

That's it!

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"Only In Italy" is a daily news column that translates and reports on funny but true news items from legitimate Italian news resources in Italy. Each story is slapped with our wild, often ironic, and sometimes rather opinionated comments. And now, for your reading pleasure:

Vatican: New Priests Will See Shrinks

Valeggio sul Mincio - October 31, 2008 - Divorcing couples in Italy are flocking to a photographer who's offering to shoot a wedding-style album of their split.

Gianni Fasolini, from Valeggio sul Mincio, had the brainwave after reading that the divorce rate was going through the roof.

"People celebrate a marriage as a milestone in their lives, but a divorce is an important event too," he explained.

The 45-year-old added: "I have been doing photos of weddings and marriage ceremonies for years, day in and day out, and people told me they like having a photo marking important events in their lives.

"Then I got to thinking that maybe there would be some demand for people marking their divorces and so I started to offer photo sessions for freshly divorced couples them smiling or shaking hands or in some cases even kissing.

"I advertised the offer and as soon as people found out about it they were lining up at my shop for sessions."

"Per l'amore di Santa Maria", is this my evaluation for the Catholic Church or Broadway?

Seminary evaluation for "Don Peppino":

Knowledge:
a.) Very informed.
-> b.) The church bell has a higher I.Q.

Leadership:
a.) Obtains excellent results.
-> b.) Unable to lead even the most ignorant goat.

Performance:
a.) Hard worker.
b.) Works well after seven cups of espresso.
-> c.) Couldn't do less if he were in a coma.

Accuracy:
a.) Does excellent work.
-> b.) Must take off sandals to count above ten.

Attitude:
a.) Extremely supportive.
b.) Often annoys fellow priests and nuns.
-> c.) Doesn't care, never did, never will.

Reliable:
a.) Very dependable
-> b.) Rely on him being the first out the Church door after Mass.

Overall remarks:
Since my last evaluation, this possible priest has reached rock bottom and has started to dig.

Is still able to get the Mass done...if altar boys help.

Donated his brain to the Church before he was done using it.

This priest is depriving a village in Calabria of an idiot.

Finds seventeen reasons to do anything except take a confession.

Works incredibly well, when under constant supervision and cornered like a rat in a trap.

Does unfunny impression of Saint Gennaro.

Not very convincing when persuading American tourists the Statue of Liberty is a symbolic representation of the Church.

Recommendation: Can still be involved in Church activities, without having to be ordained...like shoveling the sidewalk.

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