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 05/11/10 Spinach and Scallop Salad

"Chi non fa, non falla." (Those who do nothing, make no mistakes.) Welcome to another recipe edition from Adriana's Italian Bakery!

This week's Italian recipes:
  -Spinach and Scallop Salad
  -Penne with Black Olives
  -Orange Sauce

Bear in mind that you should conduct yourself in life as at a feast. Enjoy this week's recipes!

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 Recipe: Spinach and Scallop Salad

Spinach and Scallop Salad
Insalata di Spinaci e Cappesante

Ingredients:

8 scallops
11 oz (300 grams) spinach leaves, tough stalks removed
8 cherry tomatoes, halved
1 shallot, chopped
1 fresh flat-leaf parsley sprig, chopped
6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
3 and 1/2 fl oz (100 ml) white wine
1 lemon
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
Salt and pepper

Directions:

Holding the shell flat side up, open each scallop by inserting a strong knife between the shells and cutting through the upper muscle.

Separate the shells and slide the blade under the scallop to cut the lower muscle.

Remove the white flesh and throw away the remainder.

Heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in a small saucepan.

Add the scallops.

Pour in the wine and cook until it has evaporated.

Season with salt and pepper and remove from the heat.

Place the spinach and tomatoes in a salad bowl.

Peel the lemon, remove all traces of pith and dice the flesh.

Add to the salad.

Mix together the vinegar, shallot, parsley, and remaining olive oil in a bowl and season with salt and pepper.

Pour the dressing over the salad and toss.

Add the scallops and serve. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Penne with Black Olives

Penne with Black Olives
Penne Alle Olive Nere

Ingredients:

5 oz (150 grams) black olives, stoned and finely chopped
6 fl oz (175 ml) double cream
12 oz (350 grams) Penne pasta
1 oz (25 grams) Parmigiano cheese, freshly grated
Salt 

Directions:

Put the olives and cream in a saucepan and cook over a low heat for about 15 minutes.

Cook the penne in a large pan of salted, boiling water until 'al dente', then drain.

Spoon half the olive sauce on to the base of a warm serving dish and top with the pasta.

Sprinkle with the Parmigiano cheese, then spoon the remaining sauce on top.

Mix the pasta well and serve. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Orange Sauce

Orange Sauce
Salsa all'Arancia

Ingredients:

Rind of 1 orange, finely pared
7 oz (200 grams) orange jelly
7 oz (200 grams) apricot jam
2 tablespoons orange liqueur

Directions:

Slice the orange rind into fine strips and blanch in boiling water for 5 minutes, then drain and dry with kitchen paper.

Press the orange jelly and apricot jam through a fine sieve into a saucepan and stir in the orange liqueur.

Add the orange rind and heat gently, stirring constantly.

Note: This sauce may be poured, hot or cold, on to ice creams and creamy desserts.

That's it!

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Italy Will Try To Set Up Six-Language Tourist Line

Dusseldorf - April 14, 2010 - Italy will open a new tourist assistance line on May 15, Tourism Minister Michela Vittoria Brambilla told German tour operators Wednesday.

The Easy Italia line will be in English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Russian and German, she said.

The number - 039039039 - will provide "daily, prompt assistance from the beginning to the end of the vacation," Brambilla said.

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Operator: "Of course. The book is on the table, sir."

Tourist: "Ciao! Why am I paying a 15 Euro ($20) fee to climb up the staircase to the top of the Leaning Tower of Pisa...after waiting an hour on line to do so? Is the money going towards straightening it?"
Operator: "Ok, the Leaning Pisa of Tower...who?"

Tourist: "Hello! Ni hao! I'm been waiting 45 minutes on a restroom line in Venice thanks to your infamous sewage problems. And I've seen better bathrooms in the ghettos of Shanghai. I'm this 'close' to going directly in the lagoon. Can you please help?"
Operator: "Yes, please wait, they will fix in one minute..."

Tourist: "Hello, si! I'm standing on Juliet's balcony in Verona. I feel ridiculous. Romeo and Juliet were fictional characters invented by an Englishman. So how can this bloody balcony belong to Juliet? Shakespeare did not write the story based on any real characters in Verona. Even worse is the stupid idea that if you touch Juliet's breast you will have good luck in love. I'm divorced. So...who do I touch?"
Operator: "Ok, one second Mr. Speare, I can recommend good hotel for rest..."

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