06/30/10 Braised Swordfish

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This week's Italian recipes:
  -Stuffed Squid Antipasto
  -Spaghetti With Raw Tomato
  -Braised Swordfish

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 Recipe: Stuffed Squid Antipasto

Stuffed Squid Antipasto
Calamari Ripieni Antipasto


18 fl oz (500 ml) dry white wine
2 bay leaves
8 squid, cleaned
11 oz (300 grams) cooked, peeled shrimp
1 garlic clove, chopped
2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
Juice of 2 lemons, strained
3 and 1/2 fl oz (100 ml) extra virgin olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
Salt and pepper


Pour 1 and 3/4 pints (1 liter) of water into a large saucepan and add the white wine, bay leaves and a pinch of salt.

Bring to the boil, add the squid and simmer for 20 minutes.

Drain and leave to cool.

Place the shrimp, garlic, 1 tablespoon of the parsley and 2 tablespoons of the lemon juice in a bowl, drizzle generously with olive oil and season with pepper. Mix well.

Stuff the squid sacs with the shrimp mixture and arrange on a serving dish.

Whisk together the olive oil, the remaining lemon juice and the remaining parsley.

Season with salt and pepper and pour the dressing over the squid. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Spaghetti With Raw Tomato

Spaghetti With Raw Tomato
Spaghetti al Pomodoro Crudo


1 lb 2 oz (500 grams) ripe vine tomatoes (peeled, seeded and chopped)
8-10 fresh basil leaves, chopped
2 garlic cloves
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
12 oz (350 grams) spaghetti
Salt and pepper


Put the tomatoes into a large bowl, add the olive oil, basil and garlic and season with salt and pepper.

Mix well, cover and set aside in a cool place for about 30 minutes to allow the flavors to mix.

Remove and discard the garlic.

Cook the spaghetti in a large pan of salted, boiling water until 'al dente', then drain and toss with the raw tomato sauce and serve. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Braised Swordfish

Braised Swordfish
Pesce Spada In Umido


4 swordfish steaks
1 small bay leaf
1 garlic clove
1 fresh chervil sprig, chopped
6 fresh basil leaves, chopped
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
4 fl oz (120 ml) dry white wine
1 onion, chopped
1 celery stick, chopped
1 carrot, chopped
11 oz (300 grams) canned chopped tomatoes
1/2 oz (15 grams) capers, drained and rinsed
2 oz (50 grams) black olives, stoned
1 and 1/2 oz 40 grams) Parmigiano cheese, shaved
Salt and pepper


Place the fish in a flameproof casserole with the bay leaf and garlic, sprinkle with the chervil and basil, drizzle generously with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.

Cook over a medium heat, turning the fish occasionally, for 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 180C (350F) Gas Mark 4.

Transfer the casserole to the oven and cook, sprinkling in the wine during cooking, for just under 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a pan, add the onion, celery and carrot and cook over a low heat, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes.

Add the tomatoes, capers and olives and simmer for about 10 minutes, adding a little water if necessary.

Pour the sauce over the fish, sprinkle with the Parmigiano cheese and return to the oven for about 15 minutes.

Leave to stand for a few minutes before serving. 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:

Italy Parliament Members Unsurprisingly Test Positive For Cocaine

Rome - February 18, 2010 - An Italian MP tested positive for cocaine in a pilot scheme last November, the government's drug czar Carlo Giovanardi said Thursday.

Traces of the drug were found in the hair of the unidentified MP, the only one of the 232 volunteers to fail the tests, said Giovanardi, a cabinet undersecretary who was given the anti-drugs portfolio two years ago.

Giovanardi said he "hadn't the faintest idea who the MP is, whether it's a man or a woman, a Senator or a deputy," since the results were secret.

Some 147 of the MPs tested said it would be OK with them for the results to be published while 29 failed to sign a release form.

Giovanardi hailed the November 9-13 screening as "a great success" and said he would push for a law making such tests mandatory, as they are for truck drivers, people who operate heavy machinery, and other such workers.

Pressure to introduce drug testing for MPs has risen in recent years after a handful of politicians were involved in drugs case and in the wake of a 2006 prank by a cult TV show which claimed to expose widespread drug use in parliament itself.

The show Le Iene, broadcast on one of Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi's three channels, secretly tested 50 MPs for drugs and said the results showed one in three had apparently taken them in the preceding 36 hours.

Twelve tested positive for cannabis and four for cocaine.

The prank never aired because of protests by MPs who claimed their privacy had been violated.

Ah..."minchia". (Close your eyes for a moment and reflect.)

We're all here, no matter what we are; we're all searching for the truth and trying to make it through this confounding world.

Well...everyone except the chicken chasers in Italy's Parliament. They claim to know the truth.

Italy is such a mess..."Cavolo", such a friggin' mess. Hard to believe the last improvements in our politics were made by Caligula's horse. It’s been pretty much downhill ever since!

It’s depressing that the truth is most Italian politicians do not obtain any college education. And the very few that do majored in politics and cleaning gutters. Which brings us to the point that there are many unqualified and insane Italians holding very responsible jobs in Italy's Parliament today. Hence, the friggin' mess.

How long will it be before unqualified Italian lifeguards drag people into the water and drown them? Are we a step away?

And what of their repulsive faces? Just take a look at the so-called drug czar, Giovanardi. Some of these politicians' faces look like they belong in racist cartoons! That's why most of them have to do whatever drug they can get their mitts on just to improve their looks and motor skills.

Oh, "figlio di una mignotta", how we would love to annihilate every Italian politician. Oh, what a beautiful dream. Well, not all of them of course because we wouldn't want to be accused of being too inhumane. But for the love of Sofia Loren, imagine a world with just a handful of politicians? We could make them walk around with T-shirts with the words "endangered species". This way we could leave them alone so they could breed.

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