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"Per andare d'accordo con il vicino - devi stare con un occhio aperto e l'altro non serrato." (To get along with your neighbors - you must go with one eye open and the other not closed.) Welcome to another recipe edition from Adriana's Italian Bakery!

This week's Italian recipes:
  -Octopus and Arugula Salad
  -Baby Onion Omelette
  -Chocolate Crepes

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

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 Recipe: Octopus and Arugula Salad

Octopus and Arugula Salad
Insalata di Polpo e Rucola


1 and 3/4 lb (800 grams) octopus, cleaned
2 bunches of Arugula, chopped
3 and 1/2 fl oz (100 ml) dry white wine
6-8 black peppercorns
1 teaspoon coarse sea salt
4 tablespoons pine nuts
1/2 apple, peeled, cored and diced
4 fl oz (120 ml) extra virgin olive oil
Juice of 1 lemon, strained
Salt and pepper 


Put a little water in a saucepan and add the wine and peppercorns.

Bring to a boil, add the sea salt and add the octopus.

Cook for 1 hour or until the thickest tentacles of the octopus can be pricked with a fork.

Remove the pan from the heat and leave the octopus to cool in the water for about 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, mix together the Arugula, pine nuts and apple.

Drain the octopus, pull off and discard the skin and chop up the flesh.

Add to the Arugula mixture.

Whisk together the olive oil and lemon juice in a small bottle, season with salt and pepper and pour over the salad. Serves 6.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Baby Onion Omelette

Baby Onion Omelette


6 eggs
1 lb and 5 oz (600 grams) baby onions, thinly sliced
1 and 1/2 oz (40 grams) Parmigiano cheese, freshly grated
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 garlic clove
1 fresh flat-leaf parsley sprig, chopped
Salt and pepper
Bread, to serve 


Heat the olive oil in a frying pan.

Add the garlic and cook for a few minutes until browned, then remove and discard.

Add the onions to the pan and cook over a low heat, stirring occasionally, for about 5-7 minutes.

Beat the eggs with the Parmigiano cheese in a bowl and season with salt and pepper.

Pour the mixture into the pan and cook, stirring occasionally with a fork, until the eggs are lightly set.

Transfer to a warm serving dish and serve with bread. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Chocolate Crepes

Chocolate Crepes
Crepes al Cioccolato


3 and 1/2 oz (100 grams) plain flour
2 eggs
8 fl oz (250 ml) milk
1 oz (25 grams) butter
Vegetable oil, for brushing

2 tablespoons milk
9 oz (250 grams) plain chocolate, broken into pieces
1 oz (25 grams) unsalted butter
Stiffly whipped double cream, to serve


Prepare the crepe batter:
Sift the flour into a bowl, add the eggs and 3-4 tablespoons of the milk and mix well.

Gradually stir in the remaining milk to make a fairly runny batter.

Melt the butter in a double boiler in a heat proof bowl over a pan of simmering water, leave to cool almost completely, then add to the batter.

Season with salt, beat again for a few minutes with a small whisk, then leave to stand for at least 1 hour.

Brush the base of a crepe pan with oil and heat, then pour in 2 tablespoons of the batter.

Turn and tilt the pan so that the batter covers the base evenly.

Cook for 3-4 minutes until the underside is set and golden brown, then flip over with a spatula and cook the other side for about 2 minutes until golden.

Slide the crepe out of the pan on to a plate.

Make more crepes in the same way until all the batter is used. Makes 12.

Prepare the crepes:
Take the 12 crepes, stack them, interleaved with greaseproof paper, on a plate and keep warm.

Pour the milk into a saucepan, add the chocolate and melt over a low heat, stirring constantly until smooth, then remove the pan from the heat.

Gently stir in the butter and spread the filling over the crepes while still hot.

Fold each crepe into a half-moon shape, arrange, slightly overlapping, on a serving dish and serve with whipped cream. Serves 6.

That's it!

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Another Funeral Scam Uncovered

Milan - October 16, 2008 - Milan police on Thursday arrested 40 people in a probe into a suspected funeral 'cartel' paying bribes to find out when corpses were ready for burial.

In the probe, codenamed Charon after the mythological ferryman of the dead, police said they found evidence of "a 1,000 euro kickback to nurses for every still-warm body on the slab".

"This criminal association formed a cartel to claim a stranglehold on the Milan funeral business," one investigator said.

The Codacons consumer protection association said such rackets were not confined to Milan.

"This illicit business generates an estimated turnover of 3.5 billion euros a year, pushing funeral costs up by a third".

It said "thousands" of funeral parlors across the country paid to beat their rivals to bodies.

"Cavolo", you have a thick head, nurse. I couldn't care less you have a cousin in the business.

So, how does death function in Italy? Obviously, you start with the sympathetic rat-whore nurse who's lucky she gets her shoes on the right feet to attend to your funeral arrangements.

The next step is the undignified plastering of funeral posters all over town as if they were election posters.

Then the stack of long boring telegrams arrive. "Sta pippa", hard to believe in this day and age the telegraph service in Italy is still used. Luckily, they're no longer delivered by mule or covered wagon. You may ask yourself the stupid question, "Haven't the Italians ever heard of Hallmark?" Unfortunately, the greeting card industry never took off in Italy for it couldn't rely on the incredibly supersonic services of the postal system.

After the celebration of the funeral mass which is just a regular Sunday Mass heard on a weekday, the coffin is carried back out to the hearse, while the family stands and receives condolences from the ungrateful and hypocritical friends and family the dearly departed couldn't have cared less about while he/she was alive.

"...police said they found evidence of a 1,000 euro kickback to nurses for every still-warm body on the slab." "Cazzo", don't give the 'cartel' satisfaction. Choose cremation and make sure your relatives scatter a part of your ashes in your nurse's hair.

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