09/01/09 Angel Hair with Herbed Goat Cheese

"Chi semina vento raccoglie tempesta." (He who sows the wind, reaps the storm.) Welcome to another recipe edition from Adriana's Italian Bakery!

This week's Italian recipes:
  -Puff Pastry with Chicken and Curry
  -Angel Hair with Herbed Goat Cheese
  -Salt Cod with Potatoes and Peppers

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 Recipe: Puff Pastry with Chicken and Curry

Puff Pastry with Chicken and Curry
Sfogliatine al Pollo e Curry


For the Puff Pastry:
9 oz (250 grams) puff pastry dough (thawed if frozen)
Plain flour, for dusting
7 oz (200 grams) cooked chicken breast meat, coarsely chopped
Curry powder, to taste
2 egg yolks, lightly beaten
Salt and pepper

For the Bechamel Sauce:
2 oz (50 grams) oz butter
2 oz (50 grams) plain flour
18 fl oz (500 ml) whole milk
Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg (optional)
Salt and pepper


Prepare the Bechamel Sauce:
Melt the butter in a saucepan over a medium heat.

Whisk in the flour.

Pour in all the milk, whisking constantly until it starts to boil.

Season with salt, lower the heat, cover and simmer gently, stirring occasionally, for at least 20 minutes. Bechamel sauce should not taste like flour.

Remove the saucepan from the heat.

Taste and add more salt if necessary and season with pepper and/or nutmeg.

If the sauce is too thick, add a little more milk.

If too runny, return to the heat and add 2 slices of butter mixed with an equal quantity of plain flour.

Prepare the Puff Pastry:
Preheat the oven to 200C (400F) Gas Mark 6.

Roll out the pastry on a lightly floured surface and cut out 12 rounds with a biscuit cutter.

Place on a baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes until the pastry puffs up and is golden.

Transfer to a wire rack and cool.

Place the chicken breast meat in a processor and process until very finely chopped.

Transfer to a bowl and season to taste with curry powder.

Stir in the bechamel sauce, egg yolks, and season with salt and pepper to taste.

When ready to serve, sandwich the chicken mixture between pairs of pastry rounds.

Place on a baking sheet and heat through in a preheated oven, 180C (350F) Gas Mark 4, for about 10 minutes. Serves 6.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Angel Hair with Herbed Goat Cheese

Angel Hair with Herbed Goat Cheese
Capellini con Formaggio di Capra


12 ounces uncooked Capellini or angel hair pasta
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 and 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
2 cups grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
2/3 cup chicken broth
4 ounces garlic and herb flavored goat cheese, cut into cubes
1/3 cup chopped fresh basil
1/4 teaspoon salt or to taste
1/2 teaspoon black pepper


Cook the pasta according to package directions.

While pasta cooks, heat the olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.

Add garlic and saute 30 seconds.

Add the tomatoes and cook 2 minutes more, stirring frequently.

Add the chicken broth and cook 1 minute.

Drain pasta well and place in a large serving bowl.

Add the goat cheese, basil, salt and pepper to the pasta; stir until well blended.

Add the tomato mixture to the pasta mixture; toss gently to combine and serve. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Salt Cod with Potatoes and Peppers

Salt Cod with Potatoes and Peppers
Baccala con Patate e Peperoni


1 and 3/4 lbs (800 grams) salt cod, soaked and drained
4 fl oz (120 ml) extra virgin olive oil
1 onion, sliced
1 green pepper, halved, seeded and cut into strips
1 red pepper, halved, seeded and cut into strips
4 tomatoes, peeled and sliced
11 oz (300 grams) potatoes, sliced
Pinch of cayenne pepper
5 black peppercorns
1 fresh thyme sprig, chopped
1 fresh flat leaf parsley sprig
1 bay leaf
6 fl oz (175 ml) dry white wine
3 and 1/2 oz (100 grams) black olives


Cut the salt cod into large pieces.

Heat half the olive oil in a large pan, add the salt cod and cook until lightly browned on both sides.

Heat the remaining olive oil in another pan, add the onion and peppers and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes, then add the tomatoes and potatoes and cook for a further 10 minutes.

Make alternate layers of salt cod and vegetables in a flameproof casserole.

Sprinkle with the cayenne, peppercorns and thyme, add the parsley sprig and bay leaf, pour in the wine and simmer for 50 minutes.

Remove and discard the bay leaf and parsley, add the olives and cook for a further 10 minutes. Serves 4.

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:

Mafia Boss Arrested While Listening to Bad Neapolitan MP3s

Palermo - March 13, 2009 - A love of Neapolitan music proved the downfall of a Sicilian Mafia boss on Italy's 100 most dangerous fugitives list who had managed to give police the slip for more than a year.

Investigators burst into an elegant apartment in Bagheria, near Palermo, to find Antonino Lo Nigro, 30, sitting at his computer in a tracksuit and listening to an mp3 file at full volume with his headphones on. Lo Nigro only realized the game was up when a policeman stood in front of him.

He had twice managed to flee from police, first when an arrest warrant for Mafia association was issued in January 2008 and again in July, when investigators caught up with him as he holidayed on the Calabrian coast with a girlfriend.

Police said they were alerted to his presence in Bagheria after noticing an "unusual" number of young people with criminal records visiting the apartment, which was being rented by a 29-year-old woman. The woman, who dropped off several bags of shopping for Lo Nigro minutes before the police bust, was arrested for aiding and abetting.

"Lo Nigro was among the main players in the attempt to rebuild the (Cosa Nostra) hierarchy and he was the boss of a strategic outfit for the Sicilian Mafia," said Senator Giuseppe Lumia of parliament's Antimafia Commission.

"Today's arrest confirms that police and magistrates will continue to work without cease to prevent Cosa Nostra from reorganizing itself".

After the arrests of leading Cosa Nostra figures in recent years including those of Palermo Mafia kingpins Salvatore Lo Piccolo and his son Sandro in November 2007, police are on high alert for mobsters stepping in to fill a possible power void at the head of the organization.

'Fanculo, what a cacasenno! The battery in his MP3 player is brighter than him.

This goes to show there is a serious flaw with the list of the "10 Mafia Commandments" found at the hideout of a top Boss captured in 2007.

"Police said they were alerted to his presence in Bagheria after noticing an "unusual" number of young people with criminal records visiting the apartment,..."

In order to avoid a repeat of the incredibly intelligent blunder committed by disciple Antonino, whoever the mobster nicknamed "Moses" is will have to hold a counsel to discuss the obvious problem with the first commandment:

1. No-one can present himself directly to another of our friends. There must be a third person to do it.

Hmmm...just imagine the entertainment that goes into worshipping this commandment: Befuddled mob members taking along other mob members as chaperones to visit...another mob member who happens to be a top Mafia boss on the run in a Sicilian city notoriously famous for Mafia activity!

"No, Toto, we weren't tailed...were you?"
"Well, cazzo, SOMEONE was being tailed!"

We would also like to add the illegal downloading of bad Neapolitan music couldn't have helped Antonio Lo Idiot keep a low profile.

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