05/04/11 Cream of Leek Soup

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This week's Italian recipes:
  -Baby Carrots In Cream
  -Cream of Leek Soup
  -Spaghettini with Fish Roe

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 Recipe: Baby Carrots In Cream

Baby Carrots In Cream
Carotine Alla Panna


1 and 3/4 lb (800 grams) baby carrots
1 oz (25 grams) butter
1/4 pint (150 ml) double cream
Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
1 fresh flat-leaf parsley sprig, chopped
4 fresh chives, chopped
Salt and pepper


Cook the carrots in salted, boiling water for about 10 minutes.

Drain and leave to cool.

When cold, cut into thin batons.

Melt the butter in a pan over a low heat, pour in the cream, add the nutmeg and season with salt and pepper.

Bring to a boil, add the carrots and cook for a few additional minutes, then add the parsley and chives.

Mix well and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes.

Serve while hot. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Cream of Leek Soup

Cream of Leek Soup
Crema di Porri


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 Soup:
6 leeks, white parts only and thinly sliced
1 tablespoon tomato puree
6 fl oz (175 ml) milk
1 oz (25 grams) butter
1 and 1/2 oz (40 grams) plain flour
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 egg yolk
2 tablespoons double cream
4 tablespoons Parmigiano cheese, freshly grated
Salt and pepper


Prepare the Vegetable Stock:
Place all the vegetables in a large saucepan, pour in 1.5 liters (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 Soup:
Heat the olive oil in saucepan.

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

Stir together the tomato puree and milk, add to the pan and heat gently.

Transfer to a food processor and process to a puree.

Melt the butter in a saucepan, stir in the flour, then gradually stir in the vegetable stock.

Cook, stirring constantly, for about 20 minutes.

Add the leek puree and cook over a very low heat for an additional 15 minutes.

Season lightly with salt.

Beat together the egg yolk, cream and Parmigiano cheese in a bowl, then whisk into the soup.

Pour the soup into a soup bowl and serve. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Spaghettini with Fish Roe

Spaghettini with Fish Roe
Spaghettini Alla Bottarga


3 and 1/2 oz (100 grams) bottarga (cured fish roe)
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
12 oz (350 grams) spaghettini


Crumble half the bottarga and slice the remainder very thinly.

Heat the olive oil in a small saucepan.

Add the bottarga and cook over a low heat.

Meanwhile, cook the spaghettini in a large pan of salted, boiling water until 'al dente', then drain and pour into the pan of sauce and mix well.

Transfer to a warm serving dish. Serves 4.

That's it!

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Mystery Dizzy Spell At Milan's Motor Vehicles Department

Milan - October 21, 2010 - A mystery mass spell of dizziness, shortness of breath and watering eyes hit Milan's motor vehicles licensing and registration office Thursday.

Some 18 members of staff and the public complained of an inability to breathe, stinging eyes and feeling faint.

Of these, one asked to be taken to hospital and 17 were medicated on the spot and quickly recovered.

The local branch of the Worldwide Fund for Nature said it had tested the air and "it contained no toxins".

Ever walk into an Italian public state office and see it come to life? It's like watching the making of "Fantasia", isn't it? And now lazy "figli di puttana" employees are experimenting with chemicals to get out of those DMV offices early and home to their risotto.

They say that living to a nice old age in Italy is a blessing (quite frankly, that's a big "cazzate" but we'll eventually find out). But when you do it while standing on line at one of our public state offices, you begin to see things from an entirely different perspective. Suddenly, the expression "something to look forward to in life" can mean something as stupid as seeing one of our "coglioni" employees get back from badmouthing his husband/wife/lover/whore to take care of a huge line. And the emotional impact of the simple word "prossimo" (next) can bring tears of joy and pure hatred flowing down your cheeks.

For a brief moment, you will think you were destined by the Madonna to physically injure this worthless employee in the name of the people of Italy; an employee whose only qualification is being able to dial a phone upside down while sipping an espresso. A person who would ask from you 3-5 photocopies of each piece of paperwork necessary for your application just in case he/she drops one of the copies on the floor and is too lazy to walk back and retrieve it, "cazzo"!

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