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"Non fare voti ai santi - e non promettere a piccirelli." (Don't promise to the saints - and don't make promises to "piccirelli", slang for insignificant people.) Welcome to another recipe edition from Angela's Organic Oregano Farm!

This week's Italian recipes:
  -Pepper and Tuna Rolls
  -Mushroom Pizza
  -Zucchine In Egg Sauce

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 Recipe: Pepper and Tuna Rolls

Pepper and Tuna Rolls
Involtini di Peperoni al Tonno

Ingredients:

1 red pepper
1 yellow pepper
1 green pepper
12 oz (350 grams) canned tuna in oil, drained and flaked
1 spring onion, chopped
3 tablespoons mushrooms in oil, drained
2 teaspoons capers, rinsed
6 canned anchovy fillets in oil, drained, rinsed and chopped
1 fresh flat-leaf parsley sprig, chopped
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
Extra virgin olive oil, for drizzling

Directions:

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

Line a roasting tin with foil.

Prick the peppers with a fork, place in the tin and roast for 1 hour.

Remove from the oven, wrap in foil and leave to cool.

Peel the peppers, cut into quarters, remove the seeds and membranes and pat dry with kitchen paper.

Mix together the tuna, spring onion, mushrooms, capers, anchovies and parsley in a bowl and stir in the vinegar.

Spread the mixture on the pieces of pepper, roll up tightly and chill in the refrigerator.

To serve, place different colored rolls side by side on a serving dish and drizzle with olive oil. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Mushroom Pizza

Mushroom Pizza
Pizza ai Funghi

Ingredients:

For the Pizza Dough:
9 oz (250 grams) plain flour (plus extra for dusting)
1/2 oz (15 grams) fresh yeast
4 fl oz (120 ml) lukewarm water
3/4 teaspoon salt
Extra virgin olive oil, for brushing (optional)

For the Topping:
12 oz (350 grams) mushrooms, sliced
1 garlic clove, chopped
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, plus extra for brushing
2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat leaf parsley
Plain flour, for dusting
Salt and pepper

Directions:

Prepare the Pizza Dough:
Sift the flour and salt into a mound on a work surface.

Make a well in the center.

Break up the yeast in the water with a fork until its very smooth and pour into the well.

Mix in the flour with your fingers and make a soft dough.

Knead well, stretching and pulling until it becomes elastic and smooth.

Shape into a ball, cut a cross in the top, place in a bowl, and cover.

Let it rise in a warm place for about 3 hours until it almost doubles in size.

Flatten the dough with the palm of your hand and roll out on a lightly floured surface to a round about 1/4 inch (5 mm) thick.

Brush a baking sheet with olive oil or line it with baking parchment.

Put the dough round on it and press out until it covers the area. The rim must be thicker than the center.

Prepare the Pizza:
Heat the olive oil in a frying pan.

Add the garlic and mushrooms and cook over a low heat, stirring frequently, for about 5 minutes.

Season with salt and pepper and sprinkle with parsley.

Simmer over a very low heat for about 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 220C (425F) Gas Mark 7 and brush a baking sheet with olive oil or line it with baking parchment.

Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface.

Press it out on the baking sheet.

Spread the mushrooms on top and bake for 20 minutes. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Zucchine In Egg Sauce

Zucchine In Egg Sauce
Zucchine In Crema Di Uova

Ingredients:

For the Vegetable Stock:
2 potatoes, coarsely chopped
2 onions, coarsely chopped
2 leeks, trimmed and coarsely chopped
2 carrots, coarsely chopped
2 turnips, coarsely chopped
1 celery stick, coarsely chopped
3 cherry tomatoes, coarsely chopped
Salt
For the Zucchine:
1 and 1/2 oz (40 grams) butter
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 and 1/2 lbs (675 grams) baby zucchine, sliced
2 egg yolks
Juice of 1 lemon, strained
1 fresh flat-leaf parsley sprig, chopped
Salt and pepper

Directions:

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

Lower the heat and simmer gently for about 20 minutes.

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

Prepare the Zucchine:
Heat the butter and olive oil in a pan, add the zucchine and cook over a high heat, stirring frequently, for 8-10 minutes until golden brown.

Meanwhile, heat the stock in another pan.

Pour the hot stock over the zucchine, lower the heat, season with salt and pepper and cook until the liquid has reduced.

Beat the egg yolks with the lemon juice and parsley, pour the mixture over the zucchine, mix well and cook until thickened. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Only In Italy!

"Only In Italy" is a daily news column that translates and 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:

4 Google Execs On Trial in Italy

Rome - February 4, 2009 - Four executives of Google begin trial Tuesday in Milan on criminal charges of defamation and privacy violation in regard to a video posted on Google's Italian site.

The case involves a three-minute cell phone video, posted in 2006 to Google Video, in which four youths in Turin tease a boy with Down syndrome. After an Italian advocacy group complained that the video was objectionable, Google quickly removed it from the site. Prosecutors argue that the video should not have been published at all.

The four executives charged were not involved directly in handling video from Italy. They include David Drummond, Google's senior vice president and chief legal officer; George Reyes, its former chief financial officer; and Peter Fleischer, Googles global privacy counsel, according to a Google spokesman. The fourth executive worked at Google Video in London, the spokesman said, declining to identify him.

It is rare for Internet company executives to face personal criminal charges and possibly jail time for the actions of their companies.

"To our knowledge, this is the first time an individual has been criminally charged for violation of data protection laws that occurred by the company he or she works for," said Trevor Hughes, the executive director of the International Association of Privacy Professionals, which wrote about the case in its newsletter Monday. "This suggests that privacy is going to be more of a battleground."

If the court holds that Google should have prevented the publication of the video simply because the subject didn't authorize it, it could have very broad implications. In Europe, the subject of a photograph or video typically has the right to say how the image is used. But so far, charges haven't been brought against user-generated content sites for hosting pictures posted without permission of the subjects.

In a statement, Google said the prosecution is misdirected:

As we have repeatedly made clear, our hearts go out to the victim and his family. We are pleased that as a result of our cooperation the bullies in the video have been identified and punished. We feel that bringing this case to court is totally wrong. Its akin to prosecuting mail service employees for hate speech letters sent in the post. What's more, seeking to hold neutral platforms liable for content posted on them is a direct attack on a free, open Internet. We will continue to vigorously defend our employees in this prosecution.

"Scassacazzo", the sympathy letters from China are pouring in!

This sort of cockiness is yet more evidence of the daily acts of lunacy of the Italian state. One would think the justice system would be hard at work on finding the responsible for leaving 1 million tons of garbage in the streets of Naples and its province. By the way, did you know if you Google 'garbage in Italy' you'll get over 2.4 million search results? But that's neither here nor there.

However, the government comedy team should be impartial. Seeing that the video was shown on a Windows machine, Bill Gates should also be brought up on charges. What about the Intel processors used? Drag the Intel executives into court! (Need to find the Chinese monitor and speaker manufacturers as well.)

How silly. How stupid.

"Porca puttana", if someone spray paints, "I love you Mussolini" on your building, is the building owner liable?

If one of our goats is having a bad day and produces runny milk, who do we get satisfaction from?

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