03/31/10 Fennel With Mozzarella

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This week's Italian recipes:
  -Tomato and Mozzarella Parcels
  -Fennel With Mozzarella
  -Veal Escalopes With Herbs

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 Recipe: Tomato and Mozzarella Parcels

Tomato and Mozzarella Parcels
Fagottini Di Pomodori e Mozzarella


Butter, for greasing
8 cherry tomatoes
7 oz (200 grams) mozzarella cheese, finely diced
4 fresh basil leaves, chopped
1 fresh flat-leaf parsley sprig, chopped
Extra virgin olive oil, for drizzling
1 egg, separated
11 oz (300 grams) puff pastry dough, thawed if frozen
Plain flour, for dusting
8 pancetta slices
Salt and pepper


Preheat the oven to 200C (400F) Gas Mark 6.

Grease an ovenproof dish with butter.

Cut an opening around each tomato stalk with a small sharp knife and remove the seeds with a teaspoon without piercing the skins.

Put the mozzarella, basil and parsley in a bowl and drizzle with olive oil.

Mix well and spoon the mixture into the tomatoes.

Season with salt and pepper.

Lightly beat the egg white and yolk in separate bowls.

Roll out the pastry on a lightly floured surface and cut into eight squares.

Wrap each tomato in a slice of pancetta and place in the middle of each square.

Brush the edges with the egg white and enclose the tomatoes in the pastry by pinching together the corners, then brush the parcels with the egg yolk.

Place the parcels in the prepared dish and bake for about 20 minutes. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Fennel With Mozzarella

Fennel With Mozzarella
Finocchi Alla Mozzarella


2 and 1/4 lbs (1 kg) fennel bulbs, trimmed
7 oz (200 grams) mozzarella cheese, sliced
4 eggs
7 fl oz (200 ml) double cream
1 and 1/2 oz (40 grams) Parmigiano cheese, freshly grated
1 oz (25 grams) oz butter
1 fresh flat-leaf parsley sprig, chopped
Salt and pepper


Cook the fennel in salted, boiling water for about 40-45 minutes until tender.

Drain, pat dry and leave to cool slightly.

Cut into thin wedges while still warm.

Preheat the oven to 160C (325F) Gas Mark 3.

Melt the butter in a flameproof dish.

Add the fennel and cook, stirring constantly, until lightly browned.

Remove from the heat, cover with the mozzarella slices and sprinkle with the parsley.

Beat together the eggs, cream and Parmigiano cheese in a bowl.

Season with salt and pepper and pour the mixture over the fennel.

Bake until the eggs are just set. Serve immediately. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Veal Escalopes With Herbs

Veal Escalopes With Herbs
Scaloppine Alle Erbe


2 oz (50 grams) butter
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1/4 onion, in one piece
4 veal escalopes
1 fresh rosemary sprig, chopped
1 fresh sage sprig, chopped
1 fresh thyme sprig, chopped
5 tablespoons dry white wine salt and pepper


Heat the butter and olive oil in a frying pan, add the onion and cook over a low heat for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally to make sure the onion stays intact, then remove from the pan.

Add the veal escalopes to the pan and cook over a high heat for 2 minutes on each side, then lower the heat and season with salt and pepper.

Add the rosemary, sage and thyme and cook for a few minutes.

Pour in the wine and cook over a medium heat for about 10 minutes until the veal is tender.

Remove the veal escalopes from the pan.

Add 1-2 tablespoons hot water to the pan and cook, scraping up the sediment from the base with a wooden spoon, then pour the sauce over the meat and serve. Serves 4.

That's it!

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Black Out Plunges Naples Into Panic

Naples - February 23, 2010 - A brief blackout in central Naples on Tuesday plunged metro riders into the dark, trapped people in elevators and took out traffic lights.

The power returned after three quarters of an hour, but authorities said in the meantime emergency help lines were bombarded by calls. The power outage was limited to central areas of the city and believed to have been caused by a downed high-tension power line.

It was accompanied by scenes of panic at a number of metro stations when the lights went out and the escalators stopped. Public transport officials have not said if there were any passengers stuck on metro trains during the black out.

The power came back on at approximately 12.44 GMT.

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After an emergency it will take a good period of time before Naples will be declared a foreign country, like Afghanistan, invaded, civilized, and have international aid sent. Therefore, there are several things you can do to protect yourself and your property:

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2.) If you have any deep cracks in the ceiling or foundations, repair these immediately. You'd be surprised at how thin, obnoxious and nosy Napolitanos could easily slip through and get into your home.

3.) Seek to educate yourself and those in your family about the best methods to avoid Napolitanos if they are given the slightest notion that you or a member of your family, particularly female, is incapacitated and needs assistance.

4.) Confusion is the first thing that sets in after an emergency in Naples. Try to eliminate confusion by drowning out the incoherent yelling and arguing from the streets below by developing a communication plan that does not rely on mobile phones, radios, Napolitano friends and relatives.

5.) If at all possible, try to live near large mountains or Mount Vesuvius (volcano) in an insanity-prone area like Naples. Not only will the damage to your home be less severe, but it will be more likely that the 'Ben Hur'-like rioting will not spread to your vicinity.

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