07/14/09 Apple Cake

"Chi lascia la strada vecchia per la nuova sa quel che lascia, ma non sa quel che trova." (Who leaves the old street for the new one, knows what he left but not what he'll find. Better the devil you know than the devil you don't know.) Welcome to another recipe edition from Adriana's Italian Bakery!

This week's Italian recipes:
  -Tuna Sauce
  -Capellini with Grilled Chicken and Tomatoes
  -Apple Cake

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

Arrivederci e a presto!

Yours Truly,              
Adriana Ciccarello       

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 Recipe: Tuna Sauce

Tuna Sauce
Sugo al Tonno


9 oz (250 grams) canned tomatoes
1 garlic clove
4 oz (120 grams) canned tuna in oil, drained
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 anchovy (salted)


Take the salted anchovy, remove its head, clean and fillet it.

Soak it in cold water for about 10 minutes, drain, and finely chop it.

Add the tomatoes and their juices into a saucepan, add the garlic, a pinch of salt, and bring to a boil over a medium heat.

Cook for 15 minutes, then lower the heat, mash the tomatoes with a wooden spoon and cook until the liquid has slightly reduced.

Remove the saucepan from the heat.

Remove and throw away the garlic.

Flake the tuna with a fork and stir into the tomato sauce.

Add the olive oil and anchovy and spoon over very hot pasta. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Capellini with Grilled Chicken and Tomatoes

Capellini with Grilled Chicken and Tomatoes
Capellini con Pollo alla Griglia e Pomodori


1 lb angel hair pasta
1 and 1/2 lb grape tomatoes, halved
3/4 cup chopped fresh basil
4 tablespoons capers, drained and rinsed
2 tablespoons fresh oregano, chopped
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup grated Parmigiano cheese
1 lb grilled boneless chicken breast, cut into bite-sized pieces
Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste


Cook the pasta according to package instructions 'al dente', then drain and rinse under cold water.

Combine the pasta with the rest of the ingredients in a large serving bowl and gently toss. Makes 6 servings.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Apple Cake

Apple Cake
Torta con Le Mele


3 oz (80 grams) unsalted butter, softened, plus extra for greasing
11 oz (300 grams) self-raising flour, plus extra for dusting
3 eggs
5 oz (150 grams) caster sugar
3 apples, peeled, cored and chopped
Whipped cream, to serve (optional)


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

Grease a cake tin or mould with butter and dust lightly with flour.

Whisk together the eggs and sugar until pale and fluffy, then beat in the butter until thoroughly combined.

Sift the flour into the mixture, then add the apples and mix gently.

Pour the mixture into the prepared tin or mould and bake for 30-40 minutes.

Remove from the oven and leave to cool, then turn out, or serve immediately while hot.

Serve with whipped cream, if you like. Serves 6.

That's it!

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 Only In Italy!

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Italian Smoking Teacher On YouTube Fined

Florence - February 6, 2009 - An Italian teacher caught smoking on a camera-phone video posted on You Tube was fined Friday for damaging his school's image.

Physical education teacher Alberto Burchielli was fined 8,000 euros ($10,000).

Burchielli, 57, was suspended in March 2008 after the video appeared of him smoking behind his desk at a Florentine tourism school. The two 16-year-old students who filmed the prof put a caption on the video claiming he was smoking pot.

The teacher gave up smoking 25 years ago and only started again a couple of days before the incident. He now says he's given up "for good".

Hey Fellini! The next time I catch you breaking my "coglioni" with that camera, I'm going to put my ashes in your shirt pocket.

"The two 16-year-old students who filmed the prof put a caption on the video claiming he was smoking pot." Obviously, these little "cornuti" got it wrong. If you can't learn physics or algebra in the two 50-minute class periods a week, then you blackmail.

The Italian public schools. Class in session!

- 90 year-old-schools that haven't been renovated since when Mussolini took his first baby steps.

- Gray and puke-colored paint chipping off.

- Most toilets inside the schools are Turkish toilets. We're still not sure if they were meant as an unfunny joke or for actual use.

- Toilet paper and soap dispenser replenishments are scheduled only when the students voraciously complain about wiping with loose leaf paper.

- There are no cafeterias. If you're hungry, get up, leave class and get a sandwich at the bar next door.

- There are barely any libraries although some teachers will look you straight in the face and say that there are. A room with 3-4 bookshelves and 3-4 tables with 3-4 chairs on the top floor is not a library. It's a supplies closet.

- There is 1 copy machine that always runs out of paper...and copy paper does not necessarily get re-supplied often. When you do request paper, the computer tech whose previous job was picking snails has to come shuffling down the corridor just to fill the machine with paper for you, (apparently, teachers aren't capable), and then complain to you about how the teachers just eat paper there, at least three or four times in a row before leaving you to your meaningless task.

There are, however, at least 3 coffee machines on every floor, including in the library/closet.

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