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 07/01/09 Wild Boar With Apples

"Chi ha fretta vada piano." (He who is in hurry should go slow. Make haste slowly.) Welcome to another recipe edition from Angela's Organic Oregano Farm!

This week's Italian recipes:
  -Stuffed Lettuce
  -Octopus and Potato Salad
  -Wild Boar With Apples

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 Recipe: Stuffed Lettuce

Stuffed Lettuce
Lattuga Ripiena

Ingredients:

1 thick bread slice, crusts removed
3 and 1/2 fl oz (100 ml) milk
3 and 1/2 oz (100 grams) minced meat
3 and 1/2 oz (100 grams) sausage meat
1 tablespoon Parmigiano cheese, freshly grated
1 egg, lightly beaten
4 round lettuces
2 oz (50 grams) lardons
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 and 1/2 oz (40 grams) butter
Salt and pepper

Directions:

Tear the bread into pieces, place in a bowl, add the milk and leave to soak for 10 minutes, then squeeze out.

Mix together the meat, sausage meat, bread and Parmigiano cheese in a bowl and season with salt and pepper.

Add the egg and mix until combined.

Remove and discard the outer leaves and part of the centers of the lettuces, wash the lettuces and blanch in salted, boiling water for 3 minutes.

Drain, gently open out the leaves and stuff with the meat mixture.

Reshape and tie the tops with kitchen string.

Spread out the lardons in a flameproof casserole and place the lettuces on top.

Pour in the olive oil and dot the lettuces with the butter.

Add 3 and 1/2 fl oz (100 ml) water, cover and cook over a medium heat for about 30 minutes. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Octopus and Potato Salad

Octopus and Potato Salad
Insalata di Polpi e Patate

Ingredients:

2 and 1/4 lb (1 kg) octopus, cleaned
4 potatoes, unpeeled
1 tablespoon dry white wine
Pinch of fresh rosemary needles
Extra virgin olive oil, for drizzling
Salt and pepper

Directions:

Put the octopus in a large pan and add water to cover and a pinch of salt.

Bring to the boil, then lower the heat, cover and simmer for 30 minutes or until tender.

Remove from the heat and leave to cool in the cooking liquid, then drain, skin and cut into pieces.

Meanwhile, cook the potatoes in salted, boiling water for about 30 minutes until tender, then drain, peel and dice them.

Put them in a salad bowl and sprinkle with the wine.

Add the octopus, season with salt and pepper to taste, sprinkle with the rosemary and drizzle with olive oil. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Wild Boar With Apples

Wild Boar With Apples
Cinghiale Alle Mele

Ingredients:

2 oz (50 grams) butter
2 and 1/4 lb (1 kg) lean wild boar, diced
1 onion, finely chopped
1 carrot, finely chopped
1 tablespoon plain flour
13 fl oz (375 ml) red wine
1 garlic clove
1 bay leaf
2 fl oz (50 ml) brandy
3 apples, peeled, cored and sliced
Salt and pepper

Directions:

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

Melt half the butter in a flameproof casserole, add the meat and cook, stirring frequently, until browned.

Stir in the onion and carrot, sprinkle in the flour and cook, stirring constantly, for 2-3 minutes, then gradually stir in the wine.

Add the garlic and bay leaf, season with salt and pepper and bring to the boil.

Transfer the casserole to the oven and cook for 1 hour, then stir in the brandy.

Meanwhile, melt the remaining butter in a pan, add the apples and cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes until golden.

Discard the garlic and bay leaf, serve the meat in the cooking juices and hand the apples separately. 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:

Italy Electricity Use Has Record Plunge

Rome - February 11, 2009 - Consumption of electricity in Italy plunged a record 8.5 percent in January as industry hammered by the economic recession scaled back output, Italian grid operator Terna (TRN.MI) said on Wednesday.

Terna said it was the sharpest drop since comparable data was available starting in 1975. The closest figure was a 7.6 percent fall in August 1975.

"The heavy fall in electricity consumption starting in the beginning of the year reflects the lasting phase of weakness in industrial production," Terna said.

Terna pointed to data from employers confederation Confindustria forecasting a double-digit contraction in industrial output in January.

Italy's government blamed international economic turmoil for the record fall in industrial output in December, announced on Tuesday. National statistics agency ISTAT said output contracted 14.3 percent on a work-day adjusted year-on-year basis.

Italy forecasts GDP contracted by 0.6 percent last year and will shrink 2.0 percent in 2009, giving two consecutive years of economic decline for the first time since World War Two.

Terna said that electricity consumption in January was less affected by more traditional factors, like weather and working days in the month. There were two working days less in January 2009 than in the same month last year but the weather was also colder, by an average of one and a half degrees.

"Holy cazzo!" Would you look at this bill?! Does this include the polishing of the generators?

No doubt the economic recession is to blame. Did it ever occur to the "Electric Minchia Company" that a part of the consumption plunge is due to the difficulty of getting it simply turned on?

To set up a new contract with the almighty lords of "luce" you'll need the following:

1) Pazienza (patience),

2) Permesso di soggiorno (Visa or stay permit): They can't send exorbitant utility bills to illegal aliens who can't afford them.

3) Documento Identita (Identity document with photo): Because they personally want to get to know who is purchasing their precious energy.

4) Numero cliente (client number of the previous tenant): So that if there are any unpaid bills left behind, they will assume you will be more than happy to settle them.

5) Codice Fiscale (personal tax number of the account holder),

6) Amount of power required (3, 4, or 6 KW): Go and check every appliance's need in your home, do the calculation, decide how much you'll need and get back to them.

7) Lettura del contatore (current meter reading): Believe us, they have the correct reading on file. They just want to see if you would dare to lie.

8) Bank details (if payment is to be by direct debit from a bank): Just to make sure you will be able to apply for a loan if you can't afford the bills.

9) Address to which the bills should be sent, .

10) Address to which the contract should be sent,

11) Down payment (aka bribe) to get the paperwork reviewed and processed within 3-4 months (optional).

"Che scassapalle!" Pavlov's dogs weren't hassled as much as this.

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