07/20/10 Green Beans with Sesame

"Chi tardi arriva male alloggia." (Those who arrive late lodge poorly.) Welcome to another recipe edition from Adriana's Italian Bakery!

This week's Italian recipes:
  -Green Beans with Sesame
  -Chicken In Pink Sauce
  -Watermelon with Rum

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 Recipe: Green Beans with Sesame

Green Beans with Sesame
Fagiolini Glassati Al Sesamo


1 lb and 5 oz (600 grams) French or runner beans, trimmed
2 spring onions, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon sesame seeds
1 oz (25 grams) butter
Strained juice and grated rind of 1/2 lemon
Extra virgin olive oil, for drizzling
Salt and pepper


Cook the beans in salted, boiling water for about 10 minutes, then drain and set aside.

Melt the butter in a pan.

Add the spring onions and cook over a low heat, stirring occasionally, for about 5-7 minutes until softened.

Stir in the lemon juice and rind.

Add the beans, season with salt and pepper and simmer for a another 8-10 minutes.

Meanwhile, dry-fry the sesame seeds, stirring frequently, for about a minute until they give off their aroma, then remove from the heat.

Transfer the bean mixture to a warm serving dish.

Sprinkle with the sesame seeds and drizzle with olive oil.

Mix well and serve. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Chicken In Pink Sauce

Chicken In Pink Sauce
Pollo In Salsa Rosa


1 lb and 2 oz (500 grams) canned tomatoes
1 plump chicken, cut into pieces
3 oz (80 grams) butter
6 fl oz (175 ml) white wine
18 fl oz milk
Salt and pepper 


Run the canned tomatoes through a kitchen food mill and into a bowl.

Melt the butter in a large pan, add the chicken pieces and cook, turning frequently, until the chicken is brown all over.

Add the wine, milk, tomatoes, season with salt and pepper, cover and cook over a medium heat for about 1 and 1/2 hours.

Serve the chicken on a warm serving dish, completely covered with the sauce. Serves 6.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Watermelon with Rum

Watermelon with Rum
Anguria Al Rum


4 and 1/2 lb (2 kg) watermelon
3 and 1/2 oz (100 grams) caster or superfine sugar
2 tablespoons rum
2 tablespoons brandy


Cut a slice off the top of the watermelon about a quarter of the way down and reserve.

Scoop out the flesh from the large part of the watermelon and discard the seeds.

Dice the flesh, place it in a bowl and stir in the sugar, rum and brandy.

Spoon the mixture into the watermelon shell and cover with the reserved lid.

Chill in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours before serving. Serves 6.

That's it!

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Flavio Briatore: "I Accept Responsibility...But I Didn't Do Anything Wrong"

Rome - April 13, 2010 - Although he has accepted responsibility and apologized for the so-called 'Crash-gate' incident, as principal at the time of the Renault Formula One team, Flavio Briatore denies any personal guilt in the episode.

In a statement released after he and the international racing federation FIA reached an out-of-court settlement to resolve their legal dispute, the 60-year-old Italian said "I assume my responsibility for the episode in Singapore given that I was the manager of the Renault team when it occurred".

Briatore added that it was his desire to put the matter behind him and concentrate on plans for his future. Aside from accepting responsibility and apologizing, Briatore also agreed to stay away from any Formula 1 activity until January 1, 2013.

In accepting Briatore's apology, FIA said it was also dropping all legal action in the interest of the image of the federation and motor sport in general. The Italian manager received a life ban from motor racing from FIA in September 2009 for allegedly ordering driver Nelson Piquet Jr to crash out of the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix so teammate Fernando Alonso could win, an incident later dubbed 'Crashgate'.

He then appealed the decision before France's Tribunal de Grande Instance, which has jurisdiction over the Paris-based FIA, on the grounds that the case against him was rigged and that he was the victim of a vendetta by former FIA chief Max Mosley.

According to Briatore, the animosity between him and Mosley stemmed from the ex-Renault principal's role in the Formula One Teams Association (FOTA), of which he was deputy chairman, and its tug of war over regulation changes with FIA which at one point saw the teams threatening to break away and form their own championship.

The ex-Renault boss also argued that many of the procedures adopted during the original investigation and hearing were contrary to both FIA's International Sporting Code and French law and represented an excessive abuse of power by both FIA and its World Motor Sport Council (WMSC).

Furthermore, Briatore said, the decisions to carry out an investigation and submit its results to the WMSC were made by the same person, Mosley, who assumed the roles of complainant, investigator, prosecutor and judge.

The life ban, Briatore underlined, was not among the sport's authorized sanctions, the most serious of which is disqualification of a team's or driver's license, whereas team managers do not have licenses.

The French court overturned the FIA ban on January 5 but six days later the racing federation filed a counter appeal, the result a unanimous decision by its executive board, headed by former Ferrari principal Jean Todt, after consulting with the federation's legal staff.

In a statement on Monday, FIA said it intends to revise WMSC disciplinary procedures to avoid future "misunderstandings".

Flavio Briatore, model Italian citizen..."THIS IS YOUR LIFE!" (cue music and audience applause)

- Born to a family of elementary school teachers; he flunked out twice from public school but eventually graduated with the lowest grades from a private school.
Flavio: "I assume my responsibility given that I was present in class but my small and thick cranium denies any personal guilt for the grades."

- Found early work as a ski instructor and restaurant manager; opened a restaurant named Tribüla, which was his nickname. Restaurant was unsuccessful and went bankrupt.
Flavio: "I assume responsibility given that it was my sappy name on the restaurant but I deny any guilt that the food sucked."

- Was also involved in the bankruptcy of Paramatti, and eventually convicted on various counts of fraud in Bergamo and Milan and sentenced to 4 years and 6 months in prison. To avoid imprisonment, he fled to Saint Thomas,Virgin Islands.
Flavio: "I assume responsibility for the frauds given that I committed them but I will deny any guilt for my fantastic tan."

- He has been identified as the father of Heidi Klum's daughter Helene (known as Leni). According to Klum, he is not involved in the child's life.
Flavio: "I assume my responsibility given that I was present in the sex act but my 'weenie' denies any guilt for the unexpected visit to the ovaries."

- In an interview with Autosport magazine, Piquet Jr. said that Briatore "is ignorant about Formula 1" and revealed that "If you listen to the pit-wall radio, it's like a joke. He hasn't got a clue what is happening in the race...he makes comments that don't make any sense."
Flavio (joke telling): "Guy goes into a whorehouse and there’s a chicken, a bear and a monkey; 50 Euros for the bear, 150 Euros for the chicken, 3000 Euros for the monkey. So, the guy says, Why 3000 for the monkey? I only have 30 Euros so I'll take the chicken."

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