06/14/11 Spaghetti With Fava Beans, Bread Crumbs and Oregano

"La lingua non ha osso ma rompe l'osso." (The tongue has no bone but it breaks bone.) Welcome to another recipe edition from Adriana's Italian Bakery!

This week's Italian recipes:
  -Fried Roman Zucchini Flowers
  -Spaghetti With Fava Beans, Bread Crumbs and Oregano
  -Frangelico Ice Cream

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Adriana Ciccarello       

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 Recipe: Fried Roman Zucchini Flowers

Fried Roman Zucchini Flowers
Fiori Di Zucca In Pastella


12 zucchini flowers (fiori di zucca)
1/4 lb fresh cow's milk mozzarella or mozzarella di bufala, cut into 12 pieces
4 anchovy fillets, each cut into 3 pieces
3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more if needed
1 and 1/4 cups water
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 and 1/4 cups water
1/2 teaspoon white wine vinegar
Extra virgin olive oil, for deep-frying


Cut off the stem of each flower, remove the sharp, protruding points of the calyx at its base, and then remove the pistils from inside, trying not to tear the flower.

Rinse the flowers and dry gently with a dish towel or paper towels.

Place 1 piece of anchovy and 1 piece of cheese in the cavity of each flower. If any flower is torn, just wrap its petals around the filling.

Gently lay the stuffed flowers in a single layer on a plate.

Sift 2 cups flour into a bowl.

Add 1 and 1/4 cups water and mix with a fork until a thick batter forms. Adjust the consistency by adding more flour or more water.

Stir in 1/4 teaspoon salt and the vinegar.

Sift the remaining 1 cup flour into shallow bowl.

Pour olive oil to a depth of 2 inches into a deep frying pan and heat to 325F on a deep-frying thermometer, or until a drop of batter dropped into the hot oil sizzles immediately on contact.

Holding 1 stuffed flower by its base, dip it first into dry flour then into the batter, coating generously.

Lay the flower gently in the olive oil.

Repeat, adding 2 or 3 more flowers and being careful not to crowd the pan.

Deep-fry until golden brown on all sides, about 5 minutes, paying more attention to the color than to the clock.

Using a slotted spoon or tongs, transfer the flowers to paper towels to drain.

Keep warm on an electric hot tray or in a very low oven, uncovered.

Repeat with the remaining stuffed flowers.

Sprinkle the fried flowers lightly with salt and then arrange on a warmed platter or individual plates. Serve at once. Makes 4 servings.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Spaghetti with Fava Beans, Bread Crumbs and Oregano

Spaghetti with Fava Beans, Bread Crumbs and Oregano
Spaghetti con Fave, Pane Grattugiato e Origano


2 and 1/2 pounds fava beans, shelled and skinned
1/2 cup fresh bread crumbs
1 to 2 tablespoons oregano
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
3/4 pound spaghetti
Freshly ground black pepper
Freshly grated Parmigiano or Pecorino cheese for serving


Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat.

Salt generously, and add the spaghetti.

After five minutes, add the skinned favas.

Cook over high heat, stirring occasionally so the pasta doesn't stick together, until 'al dente', about 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a small skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat, then add the bread crumbs, oregano, salt and pepper.

Cook, stirring, until crispy, about 3-4 minutes.

Turn off the heat, and set aside.

When the pasta is cooked 'al dente', remove 1/2 of the cooking water and transfer to a large serving bowl.

Drain the pasta and fava beans, and add to the bowl.

Add the bread crumb mixture, toss together and serve, passing the cheese at the table. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Frangelico Ice Cream

Frangelico Ice Cream
Gelato Al Frangelico


1 and 1/2 cups whipping cream
1 and 1/2 cups milk
3/4 cup sugar
1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
8 egg yolks
1/3 cup Frangelico (hazelnut liqueur)


Bring first 4 ingredients to a boil in heavy medium saucepan.

Remove from heat.

Whisk yolks in large bowl to blend.

Gradually whisk hot cream mixture into yolks.

Return to pan.

Stir over medium heat until custard thickens and leaves path on back of spoon when finger is drawn across, about 7 minutes (do not boil).

Strain into bowl.

Whisk in liqueur.

Refrigerate uncovered until cold.

Process custard in ice cream maker according to manufacturer's instructions.

Store covered in freezer. Makes about 1 quart.

That's it!

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 Only In Italy!

"Only In Italy" is a daily news column that translates & 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:

Ex-Parmalat CEO Tanzi Stripped Of 'Knight Of Labor' Title

Rome - September 20, 2010 - Disgraced Parmalat founder and ex-CEO Calisto Tanzi was stripped on Monday of the 'Knight of Labor' title he was given in June 1984 for his contribution to Italy.

President Giorgio Napolitano signed the act depriving him of the honor on a recommendation from the industry ministry.

Tanzi is on trial in Parma and Milan for his key role in the 2003 fraudulent bankruptcy of the multinational food conglomerate, considered the biggest financial meltdown in modern European history.

Tanzi is on trial in Parma, the seat of company headquarters, on various charges of fraud and related crimes while in Milan he is being tried for market-rigging and misleading the stock market regulators. He was given a 10-year sentence in Milan for market-rigging in December, a sentence which was then confirmed by an appeals court in May.

Tanzi's defense has always been that he was manipulated by banks which, while aware of the group's dire finances, forced him to make acquisitions and issue more bonds so they could recover their loans to the multinational. Parmalat was declared bankrupt in December 2003 after it emerged that four billion euros it supposedly held in an offshore Bank of America account did not in fact exist.

The case escalated, eventually leading to Parmalat's collapse amid debts of some 14.5 billion euros and a fraud scandal which rocked the Italian financial world.

Investigators found that from 1990 until 2002 Parmalat lost money every year except one but nonetheless reported uninterrupted profits and routinely forged documents in order to deceive banks and regulators.

The US Securities and Exchange Commission called the case "one of the largest and most brazen corporate financial frauds in history". Parmalat's bankruptcy - dubbed 'Europe's Enron' - left more than 150,000 investors with virtually worthless bonds.

Parmalat has since been put back on its feet by corporate turnaround expert Enrico Bondi who, first as government-appointed administrator and later as official CEO, shed the group's non-core activities, cut foreign activities and reduced staff.

"Ma vacagare!" You know, whenever I see Parmalat milk in a supermarket I put my hand over my wallet.

What honor could you possibly be stripped of in Italy? Hmmm? I know kids in Palermo who could reproduce the titles for Knights of anything for about 20 Euros, a "panino con la milza" (sandwich with fried cow spleen and cheese), and a beer.

The Parmalat Case: How all Italian hell broke loose in December of 2003:

- Doubts arise over Parmalat’s debts, and Fausto Tonna, chief financial officer, resigns. "How much? Sta minchia, I'm out of here. Ciao!"

- Parmalat misses a 150 million Euro bond payment and it emerges that it cannot service its debts. (To the bankers): "Look, we can't service the debt but we can service you in another way. Did I ever show you a photo of my single sister, Calista?

- CEO Tanzi resigns. "I'm just going out for a quick glass of milk. I'll be right back."

- Bank of America says that a document showing 4 billion Euros in Bonlat's account is forged. "This document is signed by Julius Caesar."

- Parmalat declares bankruptcy, Tanzi is arrested and admits that the hole in Parmalat’s accounts is several billions of Euros. "Ok, va bene. We don't have 4 billion. We've lost 8 billion. So sorry. Mi dispiace."

- Inquiry reveals that the real debt is 14 billion Euros. "It's 8 billion Euros, give or take 6 billion! Ok?! Vaffanculo!"

What a "disgraziato"! Calisto should be forced to drink powdered milk without water for the rest of his life.

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