01/27/10 Cream of Potato Soup

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This week's Italian recipes:
  -Cream of Potato Soup
  -Radicchio Omelette
  -Roast Loin of Pork

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 Recipe: Cream of Potato Soup

Cream of Potato Soup
Crema di Patate


For the Vegetable Stock:
3 cherry tomatoes, coarsely chopped
2 turnips, coarsely chopped
2 leeks, trimmed and coarsely chopped
2 carrots, coarsely chopped
2 potatoes, coarsely chopped
2 onions, coarsely chopped
1 celery stick, coarsely chopped

For the Potato Soup:
1 lb and 5 oz (600 grams) potatoes, diced
2 leeks, trimmed and chopped
2 oz (50 grams) butter
3 and 1/2 fl oz (100 ml) double cream
4 bread slices, crusts removed, diced
Croutons, to serve (optional)


Prepare the Vegetable Stock:
Place all the vegetables in a large saucepan, pour in 1.5 litres (2 and 1/2 pints) of water, add a pinch of salt and bring to a boil.

Lower the heat and simmer gently for about 20-25 minutes.

Remove from the heat and leave to cool slightly, then strain into a bowl pressing down well on the vegetables with a wooden spoon.

Prepare the Potato Soup:
Bring the vegetable stock to a boil.

Melt 1 oz (25 grams) of butter in another pan.

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

Add the potatoes and cook for a few minutes.

Pour in the stock, season with salt to taste and cook over a medium heat for another 20 minutes.

Melt the remaining butter in a frying pan, add the bread cubes and cook, stirring frequently, until golden brown all over.

Drain on kitchen paper.

Transfer the potato mixture to a food processor and process to a puree.

Return to the pan and bring back to a boil.

Stir in the cream.

Pour into a soup bowl and serve with the croutons if you prefer. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Radicchio Omelette

Radicchio Omelette
Omelette al Radicchio


4 eggs
2 radicchio, cut into thin strips
3 and 1/2 fl oz (100 ml) double cream
2 oz (50 grams) butter
Pinch of plain flour
Salt and pepper


Melt half the butter in a saucepan.

Add the radicchio and cook over a low heat until softened.

Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Add the cream and flour and cook over a low heat for about 18-22 minutes.

Remove the pan from the heat and set aside in a warm place.

Lightly beat the eggs with 1 tablespoon water, salt and pepper.

Melt the remaining butter in a frying pan.

Pour in the eggs and cook until set on the underside and soft on the top.

Spoon the radicchio on to 1/2 of the omelette and fold over.

Slide on to a warm serving dish. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Roast Loin of Pork

Roast Loin of Pork
Arista al Forno


1 oz (25 grams) butter
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 fresh rosemary sprig
2 and 1/4 lb (1 kg) hind loin of pork, chined
6 fl oz (175 ml) dry white wine
4-5 tablespoons hot milk
Salt and pepper
Boiled Tuscan or cannellini beans, to serve


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

Heat the butter, olive oil and rosemary in an oval roasting tin, add the pork and cook, turning frequently, for 5-10 minutes until browned all over.

Add the wine and cook until it has evaporated, then season with salt and pepper.

Transfer to the oven and roast, turning occasionally and basting with hot milk, for 1 hour or until cooked through.

Remove the pork from the oven and leave to stand for 10 minutes, then carve, serve with a side dish of boiled Tuscan or cannellini beans seasoned with extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper. Serves 6.

That's it!

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"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, a sample of today's edition:

'Gomorrah' Actor Arrested For Extortion Again

Naples, January 5, 2008 - An actor in the Oscar-tipped Naples Mafia expose' Gomorrah was back behind bars for the second time in just over six months after police busted him for demanding protection money from local businesses.

Giovanni Venosa, who played a Camorra boss who condemns two unruly teenagers to death in the film, was arrested at the weekend, just days after his release from a half-way house in northern Italy. Venosa was first arrested in July and sentenced to two years by magistrates, who branded him a "habitual delinquent".

After an early release, he returned to his native Caserta, a town north of Naples, where he is alleged to have gone back to asking local shopkeepers for the so-called 'pizzo' at a special Christmas rate. Venosa is the third actor from director Matteo Garrone's largely non-professional cast to have been jailed since the film's release last year.

Salvatore Fabbricino, who played a boss in Naples' notorious Scampia neighborhood in the film, was also arrested in July after a former Camorra drug dealer collaborating with police identified him as one of his "employees".

A third actor, Bernardino Terracciano, who plays Uncle Bernardino in the movie, was busted in October for extortion and for having links to the fearsome Casalesi clan, which is thought to have been responsible for the shooting of six African immigrants in September.

The clan is also believed to have issued a death threat for author Roberto Saviano, who wrote the worldwide bestseller from which Gomorrah was adapted.

The film is bidding for the Best Foreign Film Oscar and also hopes for a nod among the best films of the year as well as screenplay and director nominations at the Academy Awards ceremony in February.

Gomorrah won second prize at last year's Cannes Film Festival and bagged the best screenplay award at the Chicago Film Fest.

"Cornuto", not the brightest eggplant in the batch, is he?

This is what happens when movie makeup sinks into the brain of a thick-headed Napolitano who thinks he's Mickey Rourke.

What a shame, though. He'll be missed at the Oscars this year.

By the way, just to make him feel better, more people are reading about him in this newsletter than during his entire movie career.

"...he is alleged to have gone back to asking local shopkeepers for the so-called 'pizzo' at a special Christmas rate." "Minchia", how jolly of him. We're positive the special Christmas rate included an autographed copy of his stellar performance in 'Gomorrah'.

We're curious... When the polizia arrested him, did he first think they stopped him for his autograph?

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