06/16/10 Sea Bream With Mushrooms

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This week's Italian recipes:
  -Ricotta, Fig and Prosciutto Bruschetta
  -Pasta Frittata (Gluten Free)
  -Sea Bream With Mushrooms

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 Recipe: Ricotta, Fig and Prosciutto Bruschetta

Ricotta, Fig and Prosciutto Bruschetta
Ricotta, Fichi e Prosciutto Bruschetta


24 French or sourdough baguette slices, each about 1/2 inch thick
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 cup fig jam or preserves
1 and 1/4 cups whole-milk ricotta cheese
6 thin slices prosciutto, each cut into 4 pieces
Freshly ground pepper, to taste


Preheat an oven to 350F.

Arrange the baguette slices on a baking sheet and brush lightly with the olive oil.

Bake until golden, 10 to 15 minutes.

Transfer to a platter.

Spread each toasted baguette slice with a generous teaspoon of the fig jam.

Top with a dollop of the ricotta and a piece of prosciutto.

Season with pepper and serve immediately. Makes 24 bruschetta.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Pasta Frittata (Gluten Free)

Pasta Frittata (Gluten Free)


1 and 1/2 cups to 2 cups cooked brown rice spaghetti
4 oz goat cheese
2 large Portobello mushrooms, chopped
1 green bell pepper, cored, seeded, sliced thin
2 cloves garlic, minced
Extra virgin olive oil
Balsamic vinegar
8 sun-dried tomatoes soaked, drained, chopped
Sea salt and ground pepper
5 large organic free-range eggs
1/2 cup sour cream or plain yogurt
Dried basil and oregano, to taste
1-2 oz shredded Parmigiano cheese


Preheat the oven to 375F.

Arrange the cooked spaghetti in the bottom of a 9-inch greased pie plate.

Scatter pieces of goat cheese over the pasta.

In a medium skillet saute the mushrooms, bell pepper and garlic in a little olive oil over medium-high heat, till softened.

Add a dash of balsamic vinegar and stir in sun-dried tomatoes.

Season with sea salt and ground pepper.

When the vegetables are tender, remove from heat.

In the meantime, whisk the eggs with the sour cream till smooth and frothy.

Season to taste with spices and herbs.

Add the cooked vegetables to the pasta and cheese; arrange evenly over the top.

Pour the egg mixture all over the pasta and vegetables; and using a fork, spread the pasta a bit to allow the egg mixture to seep in and around.

Sprinkle with extra dried basil or oregano.

Sprinkle with the shredded Parmigiano cheese.

Bake in a hot oven on a center rack for 35 minutes until the frittata is set and golden brown.

Use a thin knife to check the center for doneness, if you like.

Allow the frittata to cool for 10 minutes before serving. Makes 4 servings.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Sea Bream With Mushrooms

Sea Bream With Mushrooms
Sarago Con Funghi


12 fl oz (350 ml) white wine
1 onion, sliced
Juice of 1 lemon, strained
1 fresh thyme sprig
6 fresh basil leaves
1 fresh chervil sprig
5 black peppercorns
1 and 3/4 lb (800 grams) white sea bream, scaled and cleaned
9 oz (250 grams) mushrooms
2 teaspoons cornflour
1 tablespoon double cream
Salt and pepper


Pour the wine and 1 and 1/4 pints (750 ml) water into a saucepan, add the onion, lemon juice, herbs and peppercorns and season with salt.

Bring to the boil, then lower the heat and simmer for 15 minutes.

Add the fish and cook for 20 minutes, then drain and strain the stock.

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

Skin the fish, remove and discard the bones and cut the flesh into chunks.

Place the fish in an ovenproof dish and surround it with the mushrooms.

Mix the cornflour with 2 tablespoons of the cold stock in a bowl.

Bring 18 fl oz (500 ml) of the stock to the boil, pour in the cornflour mixture and cook, stirring constantly, until thickened.

Season with salt and pepper to taste and stir in the cream.

Pour the sauce over the fish and mushrooms and bake for about 10 minutes. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Only In Italy!

"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:

Flavio Briatore: "I Accept Responsibility...But I Didn't Do Anything Wrong"

Rome - April 13, 2010 - Although he has accepted responsibility and apologized for the so-called 'Crash-gate' incident, as principal at the time of the Renault Formula One team, Flavio Briatore denies any personal guilt in the episode.

In a statement released after he and the international racing federation FIA reached an out-of-court settlement to resolve their legal dispute, the 60-year-old Italian said "I assume my responsibility for the episode in Singapore given that I was the manager of the Renault team when it occurred".

Briatore added that it was his desire to put the matter behind him and concentrate on plans for his future. Aside from accepting responsibility and apologizing, Briatore also agreed to stay away from any Formula 1 activity until January 1, 2013.

In accepting Briatore's apology, FIA said it was also dropping all legal action in the interest of the image of the federation and motor sport in general. The Italian manager received a life ban from motor racing from FIA in September 2009 for allegedly ordering driver Nelson Piquet Jr to crash out of the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix so teammate Fernando Alonso could win, an incident later dubbed 'Crashgate'.

He then appealed the decision before France's Tribunal de Grande Instance, which has jurisdiction over the Paris-based FIA, on the grounds that the case against him was rigged and that he was the victim of a vendetta by former FIA chief Max Mosley.

According to Briatore, the animosity between him and Mosley stemmed from the ex-Renault principal's role in the Formula One Teams Association (FOTA), of which he was deputy chairman, and its tug of war over regulation changes with FIA which at one point saw the teams threatening to break away and form their own championship.

The ex-Renault boss also argued that many of the procedures adopted during the original investigation and hearing were contrary to both FIA's International Sporting Code and French law and represented an excessive abuse of power by both FIA and its World Motor Sport Council (WMSC).

Furthermore, Briatore said, the decisions to carry out an investigation and submit its results to the WMSC were made by the same person, Mosley, who assumed the roles of complainant, investigator, prosecutor and judge.

The life ban, Briatore underlined, was not among the sport's authorized sanctions, the most serious of which is disqualification of a team's or driver's license, whereas team managers do not have licenses.

The French court overturned the FIA ban on January 5 but six days later the racing federation filed a counter appeal, the result a unanimous decision by its executive board, headed by former Ferrari principal Jean Todt, after consulting with the federation's legal staff.

In a statement on Monday, FIA said it intends to revise WMSC disciplinary procedures to avoid future "misunderstandings".

Flavio Briatore, model Italian citizen..."THIS IS YOUR LIFE!" (cue music and audience applause)

- Born to a family of elementary school teachers; he flunked out twice from public school but eventually graduated with the lowest grades from a private school.
Flavio: "I assume my responsibility given that I was present in class but my small and thick cranium denies any personal guilt for the grades."

- Found early work as a ski instructor and restaurant manager; opened a restaurant named Tribla, which was his nickname. Restaurant was unsuccessful and went bankrupt.
Flavio: "I assume responsibility given that it was my sappy name on the restaurant but I deny any guilt that the food sucked."

- Was also involved in the bankruptcy of Paramatti, and eventually convicted on various counts of fraud in Bergamo and Milan and sentenced to 4 years and 6 months in prison. To avoid imprisonment, he fled to Saint Thomas,Virgin Islands.
Flavio: "I assume responsibility for the frauds given that I committed them but I will deny any guilt for my fantastic tan."

- He has been identified as the father of Heidi Klum's daughter Helene (known as Leni). According to Klum, he is not involved in the child's life.
Flavio: "I assume my responsibility given that I was present in the sex act but my 'weenie' denies any guilt for the unexpected visit to the ovaries."

- In an interview with Autosport magazine, Piquet Jr. said that Briatore "is ignorant about Formula 1" and revealed that "If you listen to the pit-wall radio, it's like a joke. He hasn't got a clue what is happening in the race...he makes comments that don't make any sense."
Flavio (joke telling): "Guy goes into a whorehouse and there’s a chicken, a bear and a monkey; 50 Euros for the bear, 150 Euros for the chicken, 3000 Euros for the monkey. So, the guy says, Why 3000 for the monkey? I only have 30 Euros so I'll take the chicken."

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