Monday, November 26, 2012

A practical tool for the kitchen

Since we moved, we have been having our disk tray in the middle of the kitchen. Very annoying and very unpractical.
My dream would be to have it built in in some shelf, as I have seen it in most of the kitchens in Italy, but it seems this system has not yet reached the nordic side of the world.
So, since we have to find a compromise, while shopping hastily some food, I spotted this item and, with the authorization of his majesty, my husband, purchased it the second shopping round.

Ours is in grey and so far, it has been a great substitute for extra-wet and useless towels, since it is in microfiber, and more compact than our beloved blue dish tray.
A recommended item for all modern housewives ;-)

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Friday, November 23, 2012

Guess what?

Yes, this is yet again another pizza!
The last Sunday pizza
This time we tried a classic of the classics, which has not a specific name!
The base for the pizza is the same as a standard margherita, but we add some slices of tomatoes as well. After the pizza is coming out from the oven, we add some rucola and fresh grated parmesan.

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Saturday, November 17, 2012

Mila or Mimi'?

This can be possibly understood only by italians, but...
It is not the number 7 of Mila, neither the number 2 of Mimi', but it is maybe a beginning and a multiplication of the two numbers?
(Disclaimer, Mimi' wears a t-shirt with number 1 in some cases...)
Front and back of my first "real" volleyball t-shirt

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Red chicory and pancetta

And for the serie belonging to the sunday pizza, almost with one week of delay, the red chicory and pancetta is served.
The procedure for the dough and the topping is basically the same as always.

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Sunday, November 11, 2012

Zuppa & Pappa: MV% Ceramics

Thanks Sofia for this nice present from MV% Ceramics.
Zuppa & Pappa plates

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Monday, November 5, 2012

Another pizza with fruit

Yes, we are quite monotone.
This time the pizza was with pears and gorgonzola (and nuts). A classic!
The pizza of the day

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Friday, November 2, 2012

Again pizza and risotto

Ok, it clearly doesn't seem like we eat anything else these days, but that is not the case!

For the traditional Sunday pizza we have tried this version: pancetta and grilled squash.
Ingredients for the topping:

  • Mozzarella
  • Tomato sauce
  • A squash
  • Some slices of bacon/pancetta
Meanwhile the dough is being prepared, slice the squash in thin slices. Then, grilled them with some olive oil.
When the dough is ready to be "topped", start by putting the tomato sauce spreading it with a spoon. Add the mozzarella breaking it in small pieces (I do not slice it up, I break it with the hands and place it randomly). Finally add some of the squash and the pancetta slices. 
Cook it in the oven that was previously warmed to 200 degrees for about a quarter and serve!

Pizza with pancetta and grilled squash
The risotto I proposed this week was instead a pumpkin risotto, in theme with the season!
  • one onion
  • 750 ml of vegetable broth
  • 2 fists of rice for person + one for the pot
  • half of a butternut pumpkin peeled and sliced up in cubes
  • 100 gr of parmesan
  • 50 gr of butter
  • a bit of olive oil
  • 1 glass of white wine
The preparation is quite basic and follow the majority of the risotto recipes.
Light fry the finely chopped onion in a bit of olive oil and then the pumpkin until it softens up.

Add the rice and let it toast for few minutes: pour the wine in and lower the temperature. Start to cook the rice adding slowly the broth and after few minutes add the pumpkin.

Cooking the risotto

When the rice is ready, take the pot off the heat, add the butter and the cheese and mix carefully for one minute or so. 

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