12/21/10 Mocha Cake

"Chi mangia sulo s'affoga." (He who eats alone suffocates.) Welcome to another recipe edition from Adriana's Italian Bakery!

This week's Italian recipes:
  -Turkey Soup
  -Chicken, Anchovy and Caper Roulades
  -Mocha Cake

Regardless of the weather, we're hoping all our readers are having a fruitful Holiday Season. A warm hug from your far away friends in Sicily! Enjoy this week's recipes!

Arrivederci e grazie!

Yours Truly,              
Adriana Ciccarello       

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 Recipe: Turkey Soup

Turkey Soup
Zuppa di Tacchino


1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 green bell pepper, diced
1 small onion, chopped
3 large garlic cloves, chopped
1 tablespoon dried basil
2 teaspoons fennel seeds
1/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
6 cups chicken broth
2 medium zucchini, diced
1 carrot, diced
One 9-ounce package fresh cheese ravioli
1 and 1/2 cups diced cooked turkey
Grated Parmigiano cheese


Heat olive oil in heavy large saucepan over medium heat.

Add bell pepper, onion, garlic, basil, fennel seeds and crushed red pepper and saute until vegetables are just tender, about 10 minutes.

Add broth.

Cover pot and simmer 10 minutes.

Add zucchini and carrot.

Cover and simmer until carrot is almost tender, about 5 minutes.

Increase heat to high and bring soup to boil.

Add ravioli and boil until tender, about 5 minutes.

Add turkey and cook just until heated through, about 1 minute.

Season soup to taste with salt and pepper.

Ladle soup into bowls.

Serve, passing cheese separately. Makes 4 servings.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Chicken, Anchovy and Caper Roulades

Chicken, Anchovy and Caper Roulades
Involtini Di Pollo, Acciughe e Capperi


4 salted anchovies, soaked in water and drained
4 skinless, boneless chicken breast portions
1 oz (25 grams) capers, drained and rinsed
1 oz (25 grams) butter
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 onion, thinly sliced
2 fl oz (50 ml) dry white wine
Salt and pepper


Place the anchovies skin side up and press along the backbones with your thumb, then turn them over and remove the bones.

Lightly pound the chicken with a meat mallet.

Divide the boned anchovies and capers among the chicken portions, roll up and secure with cocktail sticks.

Heat the butter and olive oil in a frying pan, add the onion and cook over a low heat, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes.

Add the roulades and cook, turning frequently, until browned all over.

Season with salt and pepper, increase the heat to high, pour in the wine and cook until it has reduced slightly.

Lower the heat, cover and simmer for 20 minutes.

Transfer to a warm serving dish. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Mocha Cake

Mocha Cake
Torta alla Moka


For the Cake:
Unsalted butter, for greasing
3 and 1/2 oz (100 grams) plain flour, plus extra for dusting
4 eggs, separated
3 and 1/2 oz (100 grams) caster or superfine sugar
Grated rind of 1 lemon

For the Sauce:
2 oz (50 grams) caster or superfine sugar
4 fl oz (120 ml) brandy

For the Coffee Cream:
7 oz (200 grams) unsalted butter, softened
3 egg yolks
2 fl oz (50 ml) freshly brewed strong coffee
9 oz (250 grams) icing sugar

For the Decoration:
2 oz (50 grams) blanched almonds, roasted
2 oz (50 grams) candied cherries


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

Grease a cake tin with butter and lightly dust with flour.

To make the cake, beat the egg yolks with the caster sugar and lemon rind in a bowl until the mixture has trebled in volume.

Stiffly whisk the egg whites in a grease-free bowl and fold into the mixture.

Sift in the flour, stirring gently.

Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and bake for 30 minutes.

Leave to stand in the tin for a few minutes, then turn out on to a wire rack to cool.

Prepare the Sauce:
Put the caster sugar in a small saucepan, add 4 tablespoons water and bring to the boil, stirring until the sugar has dissolved.

Remove the pan from the heat, add the brandy and leave to cool.

Prepare the Coffee Cream:
Cream the butter in a bowl until light and smooth, then beat in the egg yolks, one at a time.

Beat in the coffee and icing sugar.

Set 1 tablespoon of the cream aside.

Slice the cake in half horizontally.

Sprinkle the lower half with one-third of the sauce and spread with one-third of the coffee cream.

Top with the other half of the cake, spoon the remaining sauce over the top and sides and spread all except the reserved tablespoon of cream over the top and sides.

Decorate the sides with the almonds and arrange the candied cherries and curls of the reserved coffee cream alternately on top. 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:

Clooney Visits His Girlfriend’s Family

Rome - September 20, 2010 - George Clooney and girlfriend Elisabetta Canalis flew to Sardinia this week to meet her parents Cesare a radiologist, and wife Bruna, a housewife.

On the first day of their visit, one of Elisabetta's uncles organized a family luncheon at his house in the couple’s honor, after which came a quick car tour of local scenic sites.

In evening, Clooney, Canalis and her parents went for a quiet dinner in a local restaurant known for Sardinian specialties, "La Rosa dei Venti".

Before his visit ended on the second day, Clooney patiently signed autographs and posed for photos with neighbors of the Canalises'. One of them even handed Clooney a baby for a picture.

"He looked rather awkward with the 7-month infant in his arms, but he posed politely and carefully handed the baby back," A local newspaper quoted one neighbor as telling a local journalist.

"One of the older women there shouted, "Ora tocca a te!" ("Now it's your turn!"). Clooney obviously didn't understand, but everyone turned to look at Elisabetta. She simply smiled," he added.

Elisabetta: "Mamma, Papa...this is Giorgio."
Papa to Mamma (in private and public): "I don't like him...this actor. And I don't trust the figlio di puttana."

Hmmm...visiting the Family. Now, there's a surprise. We couldn't give a rat's "culo" about all his success (yes, we do) but if he really wanted to impress the Family, he should have worn traditional Sardinian garb: hat, shirt with silver and gold buttons, vest made of wool and velvet, white cloth trousers, and a short black skirt.

"Weh, Giorgio, dance in our honor!"

You know, we're curious if Giorgio knows Sardinia is the home to the most beautiful witches in the world. It's true. Every Sardinian village has a witch but visitors can never discover who they really are. That's because it's quite difficult to reach these villages for public transportation in Sardinia is folklore!

A Sardinian witch is a beautiful, just like Elisabetta. While most sane Italian mothers pass their heirloom and favorite pasta recipes down to daughters, Sardinian witches pass their secrets down to only one of their daughters, starting from when the girl is very young. She works her magic by creating special chants and dispelling homemade potions, and is paid in household and farm goods...or accompanying a famous actor to the Oscars.

The "filtro di amore" (love potion) is what is most sought after, especially by ugly Italian women. The second most asked-for service is the removal of a "malocchio" (evil eye). This incredibly funny show is performed by dropping a stone into a glass of salted water. Somehow, as the stone sinks the curse is removed or maybe it's the way in which the stone sinks that removes the curse. Either way, it won't compare to the spectacle of the rocks in her head.

Another way a witch can remove a curse is to have someone (like Giorgio) give her some of his intimate apparel, preferably clean. She chants over it in secrecy, returns the clothing, and the curse is supposedly removed. If the curse is actually removed, then payment with a live rooster is happily accepted.

With all the curses that must have been flying in the direction of Elisabetta's house, we wouldn't be surprised if Giorgio left Sardegna with an enormous headache.

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