08/31/10 Stuffed Peaches

"A buon intenditor poche parole." (Few words to the good listener. A word to the wise is sufficient.) Welcome to another recipe edition from Adriana's Italian Bakery!

This week's Italian recipes:
  -Eggplant Risotto
  -Musky Octopus Napoletana
  -Stuffed Peaches

Enjoy this week's recipes and the last few days of summer!

Arrivederci e a presto!

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Adriana Ciccarello       

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 Recipe: Eggplant Risotto

Eggplant Risotto
Risotto alle Melanzane


For the Vegetable Stock:
3 cherry tomatoes, coarsely chopped
2 turnips, coarsely chopped
2 leeks, trimmed and coarsely chopped
2 carrots, coarsely chopped
2 potatoes, coarsely chopped
2 onions, coarsely chopped
1 celery stick, coarsely chopped

For the Risotto:
2 eggplants, sliced
12 oz (350 grams) risotto rice
1 ripe tomato, peeled, seeded and diced
7 oz (200 grams) mozzarella cheese, diced
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 garlic clove
Pinch of dried oregano
Salt and pepper


Prepare the Vegetable Stock:
Place all the vegetables in a large saucepan, pour in 1.5 litres (2 and 1/2 pints) of water, add a pinch of salt and bring to a boil.

Lower the heat and simmer gently for about 20-25 minutes.

Remove from the heat and leave to cool slightly, then strain into a bowl pressing down well on the vegetables with a wooden spoon.

Prepare the Risotto:
Place the eggplant slices in a colander, sprinkle with salt and leave to drain in the sink for about 30 minutes.

Rinse well, pat dry with kitchen paper and chop.

Bring the stock to a boil.

Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in another saucepan.

Add the garlic and cook for a few minutes until browned, then remove and discard.

Add the eggplants, stir in the tomato and oregano, increase the heat to high and cook for another few minutes.

Stir in the rice.

Add a ladleful of the hot stock and cook, stirring, until it has been absorbed.

Continue adding the stock, a ladleful at a time, and stirring until each addition has been absorbed. This will take about 20 minutes.

About 5 minutes before the end of the cooking time, season with salt and pepper to taste and stir in the mozzarella cheese.

When the rice is tender, transfer to a warm serving dish. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Musky Octopus Napoletana

Musky Octopus Napoletana
Moscardini alla Napoletana


2 and 1/4 lbs (1 kg) musky octopuses, cleaned
6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1 garlic clove, chopped juice of 1 lemon, strained salt and pepper


Cook the octopuses in salted, boiling water for 10 minutes or more, depending on their size.

Drain, cut into pieces and place in a dish.

Mix together the olive oil, parsley, garlic and lemon juice in a jug, season with salt and pepper and pour the dressing over the octopuses.

Leave in a cool place for 1 hour for the flavors to mingle before serving. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Stuffed Peaches

Stuffed Peaches
Pesche Ripiene


1 oz (25 grams) unsalted butter plus extra, for greasing
6 yellow peaches
4 oz (100 grams) whole blanched almonds
12 Amaretti biscuits (almond macaroons)
2 oz (50 grams)) sugar
1 egg yolk
2 tablespoons (30 ml) Marsala, Maraschino or Amaretto (almond liqueur)
Grated zest of 1/2 lemon
2 fl oz (50 ml) white wine icing sugar, to serve


Pre-heat the oven to 350°F (180°C) Gas Mark 4.

Butter a shallow, ovenproof dish.

Cut the peaches in half and remove the stones.

Place the halves in the prepared dish, cut side up.

Put the almonds and Amaretti biscuits in a food processor and coarsely grind.

Mix in 2 oz (50 grams) of caster or superfine sugar, the egg yolk, Marsala and lemon zest.

Use the mixture to stuff the peach halves, piling it up slightly.

Sprinkle over the wine.

Place a shaving of butter on top of each peach half.

Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes until the peaches are soft but still holding their shape.

Serve dusted with sifted icing sugar.

That's it!

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"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 Police Investigate UFO That Was Observing Naples

Naples - May 28, 2010 - Italian police are probing an alleged UFO sighting by a trash collector in a town near Naples.

The man, 42, told police Friday he was collecting rubbish at 2 a.m. when he saw two "bright red spheres" in the sky which "hovered for a while before zooming off in different directions," according to reports from the town of Crispano, 13 km (eight miles) north of Naples.

Investigators moved into the alleged sighting zone, near the town's soccer stadium, and reportedly found "concentric circles" and "signs that the grass had been trampled".

"Porca vacca!", Fabio, what is that?

One of the most intriguing questions that supporters of the UFO phenomenon are forced to confront with is why, if aliens are visiting our planet, they don't make open contact. Why not park a space ship in Pompeii? One speculation is that aliens have some kind of moral code which prevents them from large scale interference in the affairs of a less advanced civilization like the Napolitani.

If the aliens want to disclose some message to us, surely it would be better to do it publicly rather than confiding it to a rare and incredibly peculiar species like a Napolitano garbage man?

The usual answer of the dubious alien contact smelling of cheap aftershave, shirt half-buttoned, and with slivers of baccala caught in his teeth, is that the human race is yet not ready for open contact with the extra-terrestrials because our level of spiritual consciousness is too low. Only the Napolitani themselves, after many years of listening to bad Napolitani music about their beloved mothers, the hardships of living in Naples, and death in general, have attained the spiritual understanding necessary to fully appreciate the alien message.

UFOs and Napolitani: Fact or Myth?

- A UFO sighting occurs somewhere on the planet every three minutes. (Garbage collection occurs somewhere in Naples every 3 months.)

- Hundreds of thousands of unexplained sightings have been reported all around the world, many of which were documented or photographed. (Hundreds of thousands of unexplained peculiar acts according to Naples culture and way of life have been reported, many of which were documented or photographed.)

- A Gallup poll in 1996 said that 71 percent of Americans believe the government knows more than it is telling us about UFOs. (Italy's police forces believe the Napolitani know much more than they are telling them.)

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