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"Chi p, non v; chi v, non p; chi s, non f; chi f, non s; e cos, male il mondo va." (Who can do, don't want to; Who wants to, can't do; Who knows how to do, won't do it; Who does it, doesn't know how to; and, so, badly goes the world.) Welcome to another recipe edition from Adriana's Italian Bakery!

This week's Italian recipes:
  -Mortadella Bundles
  -Onion and Thyme Frittata
  -Torrone Souffle

Hope your summer plans are coming along fine. Enjoy this week's recipes!

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Yours Truly,              
Adriana Ciccarello       

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 Recipe: Mortadella Bundles

Mortadella Bundles
Fagottini di Mortadella


3 and 1/2 oz (100 grams) ricotta cheese
1 yellow bell pepper, halved, seeded and finely chopped
4 thick slices mortadella, quartered
4 walnuts, shelled and chopped


Place the ricotta cheese in a bowl and stir until smooth.

Add the yellow bell pepper, walnuts, and season with a small quantity of salt.

Spoon a little of the ricotta mixture on to the corner of each mortadella triangle and roll it up.

Place the bundles in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Onion and Thyme Frittata

Onion and Thyme Frittata
Frittata Con Cipolle e Timo


6 eggs
11 oz (300 grams) onions, thinly sliced
2 fresh thyme sprigs, leaves only
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 oz (25 grams) butter


Heat the olive oil and butter in a frying pan.

Add the onions and cook over a low heat, stirring occasionally, for about 5-6 minutes.

Stir in the thyme and cook for a few more minutes.

Meanwhile, lightly beat the eggs with a pinch of salt, then pour into the pan.

Cook until lightly browned on both sides. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Torrone Souffle

Torrone Souffle


1 oz (25 grams) unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing
2 oz (50 grams) caster or superfine sugar, plus extra for sprinkling
1/2 pint (300 ml) milk
1 vanilla pod, slit
1 and 1/4 oz (35 grams) plain flour
4 egg yolks
1 and 1/2 oz (40 grams) Torrone (Italian nougat), finely chopped
5 egg whites


Preheat the oven to 200C (400F) Gas Mark 6.

Grease a souffle dish with butter and sprinkle with sugar.

Bring 7 fl oz (200 ml) of the milk to the boil in a small saucepan, then remove from the heat and add the sugar, a pinch of salt and the vanilla pod.

Cover and leave to infuse for 15 minutes, then remove the vanilla pod.

Mix together the flour and remaining cold milk in a small saucepan, and bring to the boil over a medium heat, stirring constantly.

Stir in the vanilla milk, then as soon as the mixture thickens, remove from the heat and leave to cool slightly.

Stir in the egg yolks, one at a time, then stir in the butter and torrone.

Stiffly whisk the egg whites in a grease-free bowl and fold into the mixture.

Spoon the mixture into the prepared dish and bake for 30 minutes. Serve immediately. Serves 6.

That's it!

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 Only In Italy!

"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:

Robbers Caught in Bank Raid Wearing Silvio Berlusconi Masks

Rome - February 11, 2009 - Two Sicilian bank robbers have been caught breaking into a bank in Turin wearing carnival masks representing the features of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and his close business and political associate Marcello Dell'Utri.

Possibly inspired by the Hollywood movie Point Break, in which a group of surfers robbed banks wearing masks of former presidents of the United States, the men were armed with imitation handguns.

They were overpowered by Carabinieri military police as they attempted to flee a branch of Unicredit Bank with Euros 70,000 (90,000 USD) in a backpack after an employee who had witnessed the robbery from a lavatory raised the alarm.

Newspapers on Wednesday published photographs of the arrests taken by a man whose apartment overlooks the bank. The robbers were identified as brothers Michele and Matteo Manganaro, aged 45 and 46, from Catania. A third accomplice reportedly escaped.

The choice of masks could be mildly embarrassing for Mr Berlusconi, who has been accused over the years of bribery, false accounting and collusion with the Mafia, but has never been convicted. His friend Mr Dell'Utri however, who hails from Sicily, has convictions for false accounting, tax evasion and complicity with Cosa Nostra.

Berlusconi: "I am the Jesus Christ of politics. I am a patient victim, I put up with everyone, I sacrifice myself for everyone."
Thief: " I deserve this money!"

Berlusconi: "I trust the intelligence of the Italian people too much to think that there are so many pricks around who would vote against their own best interests."
Thief: " don't be a prick and press the alarm button! It's in your own best interest."

Berlusconi: "Italy is now a great country to invest we have fewer communists and those who are still there deny having been one. Another reason to invest in Italy is that we have beautiful secretaries...superb girls."
Thief: "...I'm going to invest this cash in superb girls who are ex Communists!"

Berlusconi: "Eighty-five per cent of the Italian press is left-wing and among the judges it is even worse... There is a cancer in Italy that we have to treat: the politicization of the magistracy."
Thief: "...Hurry up! The cancer is spreading. I need this cash for chemotherapy!"

Berlusconi: "I believed and still believe that citizen Berlusconi should be praised for having prevented the state's wealth from being looted... I was expecting a Gold Medal for Civil Worthiness for ensuring the state earned 2,000 billion [Italian lire]."
Thief: "...where was my praise?! My gold medal? Where?! Cazzo! I'm taking this before it gets looted by the state!

Berlusconi: "If I, taking care of everyone's interests, also take care of my own, you can't talk about a conflict of interest."
Thief: "...I'm taking care of everyone's interest and my own. There will be no conflict, so open the safe!"

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