07/06/10 Rice and Shrimp Salad

"Fidarsi bene, non fidarsi meglio." (To trust is good, not to trust is better.) Welcome to another recipe edition from Adriana's Italian Bakery!

This week's Italian recipes:
  -Red Pepper Sauce
  -Rice and Shrimp Salad
  -Peach Pie

"L'appetito vien mangiando!" (Appetite comes while you're eating!) Enjoy this week's recipes!

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 Recipe: Red Pepper Sauce

Red Pepper Sauce
Salsa di Peperoni


2 large red peppers
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
2 garlic cloves, chopped
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil


Boil the peppers in salted, boiling water for just a few minutes, then drain.

Peel off the skins from the peppers, halve and remove the seeds and membranes.

Chop coarsely, then process the peppers in a food processor to a puree.

Pour the wine vinegar into a saucepan, add the garlic and heat for another few minutes.

Strain the vinegar into the food processor and add the olive oil.

Process until the sauce is smooth. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Rice and Shrimp Salad

Rice and Shrimp Salad
Insalata Di Riso e Gamberetti


7 oz (200 grams) cooked, peeled shrimp
12 oz (350 grams) long-grain rice
8 fresh torn basil leaves
3 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Juice of 1 lemon, strained
Butter, for greasing
Salt and pepper


Cook the rice in plenty of salted, boiling water for about 20 minutes until tender.

Drain, rinse under cold running water and drain again.

Pour into a bowl.

Whisk together the olive oil and lemon juice in a large bottle and season with salt and pepper.

Add the shrimp, parsley and basil to the rice.

Pour the dressing on top and toss gently.

Grease a dome shaped mould with butter and spoon in the rice mixture, pressing it down well.

Turn out on to a serving dish and store in a cool place (not the refrigerator) until ready to serve. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Peach Pie

Peach Pie
Torta di Pesche


Unsalted butter, for greasing
1 and 1/2 oz (40 grams) breadcrumbs
2 and 1/4 lb (1 kg) peaches, peeled, stoned and sliced
5 oz (150 grams) caster or superfine sugar
1 oz (25 grams) cocoa powder
4 eggs, lightly beaten
7 oz (200 grams) Amaretti, crushed


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

Grease an ovenproof dish with butter and sprinkle with the breadcrumbs, tipping out any excess.

Put the peaches in a saucepan with the sugar and cook over a low heat for about 10 minutes.

Remove from the heat and mash with a fork.

Stir in the cocoa, eggs and Amaretti, then pour the mixture into the prepared dish.

Bake for about 30 minutes, then remove from the oven, leave to stand for a few minutes and serve. Serves 6.

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:

Italian Schools Need Repair as Much as Haiti Does

Rome - February 24, 2010 - More than 30% of Italian school building need urgent maintenance work, including the removal of asbestos, according to a new report from the environmental group Legambiente, which was presented on Wednesday.

The report also said that some 40% of Italian schools do not have any sports facilities.

The northern provinces of Prato, Parma, and Biella were said to have the best school structures, while the worst were found in Campobasso, Messina and Crotone in the south.

This year's report, now in its 10th edition, praised the advances which have been made in Italian schools in regard to waste recycling, practiced in 86.92% of schools compared to 39.16% in 2001, and the growing use of low consumption illumination, now present in about half of Italian schools compared to 37% in 2005.

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Who do you think you are, Dante?

It's no surprise Italian schools have huge organizational problems, and a real problem assigning funding, which is not enough to fully implement its crappy and outdated programs. Not to mention the badgering of children into selecting a political party at the age of 6. Just imagine an old tractor with too many broken down parts that guzzles up a lot of gas...and goes into town every once in a while looking for so-called "escorts".

However; you should see what goes inside these Italian public schools. When the school day ends it looks like the set of "300"; kids with piercing running around like psychopaths on those threatening scooters, running people over, purse snatching, vandalism, etc. Now I know how the Spartans felt like.

And if you confront these incredibly qualified school officials about the health problems such as the presence of asbestos, you will get a typical answer such as, "Look on the positive side. At least the kids haven't caught on fire."

"The report also said that some 40% of Italian schools do not have any sports facilities." That is true...unless you consider playing soccer in traffic, outrunning the police on a scooter at lunch time, playing "scopa" (Italian card game) in the bathroom, or playing with asbestos sports activities.

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