11/02/10 Chestnut Mould

"Non tutti quelli che hanno lettere sono savi." (Not all those who are learned are wise.) Welcome to another recipe edition from Adriana's Italian Bakery!

This week's Italian recipes:
  -Scrambled Eggs with Chicken Livers
  -Gemelli with Tomatoes, Zucchini, and Pancetta
  -Chestnut Mould

A warm and heartfelt "buon giorno" to all our much appreciated readers! Enjoy this week's recipes!

Arrivederci e grazie!

Yours Truly,              
Adriana Ciccarello       

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 Recipe: Scrambled Eggs with Chicken Livers

Scrambled Eggs with Chicken Livers
Uova Strapazzate Con I Fegatini


4 eggs, lightly beaten
7 oz (200 grams) chicken livers (thawed if frozen) trimmed and coarsely chopped
1 tablespoon tomato puree
2 oz (50 grams) butter
Salt and pepper


Melt half the butter in a frying pan over a high heat.

Add the chicken livers and cook, stirring frequently, for about 5-7 minutes.

Season with salt and pepper and stir in the tomato puree.

Add the liver mixture to the eggs.

Melt the remaining butter in a clean frying pan.

Pour in the egg mixture and stir with a fork to scramble until creamy.

Remove the pan from the heat and serve immediately. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Gemelli with Tomatoes, Zucchini, and Pancetta

Gemelli with Tomatoes, Zucchini, and Pancetta
Gemelli con Pomodori, Zucchini e Pancetta


12 pancetta slices, cut crosswise into 1-inch pieces
1 large red onion, chopped (about 2 cups)
1 and 1/2 cups dry white wine
12 ounces Gemelli or rotini pasta (about 3 cups)
3 slender zucchini, halved lengthwise and sliced crosswise into 1/2-inch-wide pieces
3 large plum tomatoes, seeded, coarsely chopped (about 1 and 1/2 cups)
1/3 cup chopped fresh oregano
1 cup crumbled soft fresh goat cheese (about 4 ounces)


Cook pancetta in heavy large skillet over medium-high heat until brown and crisp.

Using slotted spoon, transfer to paper towels to drain.

Pour off all but 3 tablespoons drippings from skillet.

Add onion and saute until soft, about 3 minutes.

Add wine; boil until reduced by 1/3, about 3 minutes.

Meanwhile, cook pasta in large pot of boiling salted water until slightly underdone.

Add zucchini and boil until pasta is 'al dente' and zucchini is crisp-tender, stirring occasionally, about 2 minutes longer.


Add pasta, zucchini, pancetta, tomatoes, and oregano to onion in skillet.

Toss over medium-high heat until sauce coats pasta, about 3 minutes.

Add cheese and toss until beginning to melt, about 2 minutes.

Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve. Makes 6 servings.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Chestnut Mould

Chestnut Mould
Budino Di Castagne


1 lb 2 oz (500 grams) chestnuts, shelled
18 fl oz (500 ml) milk
A few drops of vanilla essence
3 and 1/2 oz (100 grams) blanched almonds, plus extra to garnish
2 oz (50 grams) caster or superfine sugar
1/4 pint (150 ml) single cream


Cook the chestnuts in a pan of boiling water for about 20 minutes, then drain and peel off the skins.

Put them in a saucepan, add the milk and vanilla and season with a pinch of salt.

Cover and cook over a medium heat for about 35 minutes until tender.

Press the chestnuts and their cooking liquid through a sieve into another saucepan.

Toast the almonds in the oven or under the grill, then chop.

Gently heat the chestnut puree and stir in the sugar and almonds, then remove from the heat and stir in the cream.

Pour the mixture into a mould, leave to cool and then chill in the refrigerator for 3 hours.

Just before serving, turn out on to a dish and garnish with almonds. 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:

Decibel Test To Settle Celebrity Rooster's Future

Milan - August 20, 2010 - The fate of a rooster whose early morning crows have irked neighbors and made him a celebrity in a northern Italian town is to be decided by a decibel test.

It will be carried out at the end of this month by Italian animal rights association AIDAA to settle a dispute between the bird's owners, who live on the ground floor of an apartment block at Villa di Serio near Bergamo, and the inhabitants of the apartment above.

The owners have promised that the rooster will not end up on a dinner table even if AIDAA says the screeching is beyond acceptable levels.

They said they will find him a new home, which should not be hard given that the story has made the animal something of a local star.

Its life has been colorful from the beginning. The owners bought it in the hope of having a regular supply of fresh eggs and gave it a female name, Pia, only to realize later it was not a hen.

Media attention, animal rights association, decibel tests..."per favore." It's so great to see the Northern Italians go to great lengths to resolve such a moronic dispute. We can almost imagine a member of the association sneaking up to the rooster with a microphone.

Such an incident would never occur here in the South and we're surrounded with all sorts of farm animals. If the cacklings of a rooster would ever get out of hand, one or more of following actions could happen:

- the rooster would "disappear" or meet an untimely death,
- the complaining neighbor would "disappear",
- the rooster's owner would "disappear",
- the rooster and the owner would "disappear",
- the rooster, its owner, and complaining neighbor would all "disappear".
- the complaining neighbor and rooster owner would "disappear" and the estate would be left to the rooster.

By the way, based on our expertise on raising chickens, Bergamo (near Milan) does not have the ideal climate to raise chickens. Hens stop or slow down laying eggs in the winter months. The shorter days would also trigger a slow down, together with the cold temperature. So, in order to keep hens laying all winter, artificial light would have to be used to equal 14 hours of light per day.

And the hens are going to experience a hard time finding their way back to the coop in all that foggy weather.

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