11/15/11 Salmon Tartar

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This week's Italian recipes:
  -Poached Eggs With Cheese
  -Salmon Tartar

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 Recipe: Poached Eggs With Cheese

Poached Eggs With Cheese
Uova Affogate Al Formaggio


4 eggs
2 oz (50 grams) Emmenthal cheese, freshly grated
1 and 1/2 oz (40 grams) butter, softened
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
4 bread slices, crusts removed


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

Spread the bread with the butter and place on an ovenproof dish.

Bring a pan of salted water to a boil.

Add the vinegar and poach the eggs for about 3-4 minutes.

Remove with a slotted spoon.

Place on the bread and sprinkle with the Emmenthal cheese.

Bake until the cheese has melted. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Ribollita



1 and 1/2 lbs (675 grams) cavolo nero (Tuscan cabbage), shredded
5 oz (150 grams) fresh white beans OR 3 oz (80 grams) dried white beans, soaked in cold water overnight and drained

2 potatoes, coarsely diced
1 carrot, chopped
1 onion, chopped
1 celery stick, chopped
3 fresh (or canned tomatoes), peeled
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
1 fresh thyme sprig
4 country-style bread slices
Salt arid pepper


Heat the olive oil in a saucepan.

Add the carrot, onion and celery and cook over a low heat, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes until softened.

Add the tomatoes, thyme and potatoes and cook for several minutes.

Add the cavolo nero and beans.

Pour in 3 and 1/2 pints (2 liters) water and season with salt.

Bring to a boil.

Lower the heat, cover and simmer for about 2 hours.

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

Place the bread on the base of a large earthenware casserole and ladle in the soup.

Cook in the oven for about 8-10 minutes.

Sprinkle with pepper and drizzle with olive oil. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Salmon Tartar

Salmon Tartar
Tartara di Salmone


1 lb and 5 oz (600 grams) salmon fillets, diced
2 yellow peppers, halved, seeded and cut into squares
4 egg yolks
8 green olives, stoned and chopped
3 lemons
5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Dash of Tabasco sauce
2 oz (50 grams) capers, drained and rinsed
1 tablespoon fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped, to garnish
Salt and pepper


Peel one of the lemons, removing all traces of the white pith.

Chop the flesh of the lemon.

Squeeze the juice from the remaining lemons.

Mix together the olive oil, lemon juice and tabasco in a bowl.

Season with salt and pepper.

Mix together the salmon, yellow peppers, capers, olives and chopped lemon in a dish.

Add the lemon dressing.

Mix well and leave to marinate for about 20-25 minutes.

Divide the mixture among four dishes.

Place an egg yolk in the middle of each.

Garnish with the parsley. Serves 4.

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:

What's Your Best Da Vinci Conspiracy Theory?

Florence - July 2, 2011 - As well as the enduring mystery of the identity of the Mona Lisa, art historians have long theorized about the painting, as well as his other works.

Italian art historian Carla Glori, claimed that the painting identifies the exact location of the landscape which provides the background of the painting.

She believes that a three-arched bridge which appears over the left shoulder of the woman is a reference to the village Bobbio, which is south of Piacenza, in northern Italy.

In October last year Giuseppe Pallanti, an expert on da Vinci, who has spent three decades studying the archives trying to establish Lisa Gherardini's final resting place, claimed that her remains were interred in a dump.

Lisa Gherardini was widely believed to be the inspiration for the painting, was buried in the grounds of Sant-Orsola convent in 1542. But the ground were renovated in the 1980s and during work to build an underground car park, the convent's foundations were excavated and sent to a municipal landfill site on the outskirts of Florence.

In December, members of Italy's National Committee for Cultural Heritage claimed the tiny numbers and letters were painted into the eyes of the Mona Lisa.

In the right eye appeared to be the letters LV which could stand for Leonardo Da Vinci while in the left eye there were symbols.

Silvano Vinceti, president of the committee, said: "It is very difficult to make them out clearly but they appear to be the letters CE or it could be the letter B. You have to remember the picture is almost 500 years old so it is not as sharp and clear as when first painted.

"While in the arch of the bridge in the background the number 72 can be seen, or it could be an L and the number 2."

And in 2007, there were claims that da Vinci's The Last Supper contains a hidden image of a woman holding a child.

The figure allegedly appears when the 15th Century mural painting is superimposed with its mirror image, and both are made partially transparent.

"Ma porca vacca", it's amazing the wonders people come up with when there is so much free time on their hands.

We might not know a lot in this Italian world. If you ask any of the staff writers here to add two numbers together, we would have stop and use our toes and fingers. But at least we are aware that Leonardo da Vinci was a genius...and prankster.

"Oh, si", he is widely believed to have hidden secret messages within much of his artwork but it's not as if one of those messages will reveal how to make the perfect "melanzane alla parmigiana". You don't need Da Vinci to know you're supposed to gently fry the eggplant slices first.

Theories and more theories, "eh cavolo!"

Mona Lisa's smile: If we had a Euro for every theory that has come out, we could eliminate a good number of our useless neighbors. Why the smile? Was she happy? Pregnant? We also have a theory: She was on a gynecologist’s table being examined and a mouse ran out. He lured it out with a piece of Pecorino cheese.

Mona Lisa's missing eyebrows: Where are they? What happened? Maybe, it was this: For centuries some Italian women did not believe in tweezing their eyebrows. Some of them had what we used to call 'uni-brows'. It was fun to watch those uni-brows grow just to see what they progressed into. Mona Lisa lived during the great anti uni-brow revolution of Florence.

"In the right eye appeared to be the letters LV which could stand for Leonardo Da Vinci while in the left eye there were symbols." Hmmm...there is a hidden message there. Could be this:

Dante dunce. LV #1.

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