10/05/11 Slow-Roasted Lamb Shoulder with Pancetta

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This week's Italian recipes:
  -Tomato Bruschetta
  -Fried Radicchio
  -Slow-Roasted Lamb Shoulder with Pancetta

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 Recipe: Tomato Bruschetta

Tomato Bruschetta
Bruschetta Al Pomodoro


6-8 ripe plum tomatoes, diced
8 country bread slices
4 garlic cloves
Extra virgin olive oil, for drizzling
Salt and pepper


Toast the slices of bread on both sides on a barbecue or under the grill.

Rub them with garlic while they are still hot and place them back under the grill for a moment.

Arrange the tomatoes on the bread.

Season with salt and pepper.

Drizzle with olive oil. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Fried Radicchio

Fried Radicchio
Radicchio Fritto


2-3 radicchio, trimmed
2 and 1/2 oz (65 grams) plain flour
Extra virgin olive oil, for deep-frying
1 egg
1 egg white
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
3 and 1/2 fl oz (100 ml) beer


Prepare the batter by sifting the flour with a pinch of salt into a bowl.

Break the egg into the middle and add the tablespoon of olive oil.

Mix thoroughly with a wooden spoon to prevent lumps from forming.

Stir in the beer.

Cover and leave to stand for at about 30 minutes.

Stiffly whisk the egg white in a grease-free bowl.

Add into the batter.

Remove the largest outer leaves individually from the radicchio and cut the hearts into thin wedges.

Heat the olive oil for deep-frying in a large pan.

Immerse each leaf in the batter and fry in the hot oil, turning frequently so that it browns evenly.

Repeat with the radicchio wedges.

Drain on kitchen paper, sprinkle with salt and serve immediately. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Slow-Roasted Lamb Shoulder with Pancetta

Slow-Roasted Lamb Shoulder with Pancetta
Spalla di Agnello Arrosto con Pancetta


One 4-pound rolled boned lamb shoulder (about 7 pounds before boning), excess fat trimmed
4 ounces pancetta, diced
8 garlic cloves, peeled
3 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
2 teaspoons cracked black pepper


Place garlic down feed tube of mini processor; chop finely.

Scrape down bowl sides.

Add pancetta, rosemary, and pepper; blend to coarse paste.

Using small sharp knife, make 1/2-inch-deep slits all over lamb and fill each with pancetta paste.

Spread any remaining paste over outside of lamb.

Place lamb, seam side down, in roasting pan.

Preheat oven to 300F.

Roast lamb uncovered until very tender and thermometer inserted into center registers 170F, about 5 hours.

Transfer to platter; let rest 15 minutes.

Cut lamb crosswise into 1/2-inch thick slices.

Pour pan juices into bowl.

Remove and discard fat from surface.

Spoon pan juices over lamb. Makes 8 servings.

That's it!

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Clocks in Sicily Running Too Fast For Comfort

Messina - June 11, 2011 - For over a week digital clocks and watches in Sicily are complicating their owners by running more than 15 minutes fast, local media said. The mysterious time changes caught the attention of two young locals, who set up a Facebook page calling for those affected to come forward. One of the young men, Francesco Nicosia, told French online magazine Rue89 "I realized something was wrong when I started getting to work earlier. After some investigation I noticed that I wasn't the only one who was on time, which is quite rare here in Sicily." Explanations involving aliens, poltergeists, volcanic activity on Mount Etna and solar explosions have been put forward. Among the most credible explanations is electrical disturbance caused by underwater cables.

Aliens? "Oh, minchia, where?!"
Poltergeist? "Porca puttana, they're here..."

Believe us, there is nothing more entertaining than watching Sicilians who pace themselves like slugs, get to work 15 minutes early, and think they've entered the Twilight Zone.

"Explanations involving aliens, poltergeists, volcanic activity on Mount Etna and solar explosions..." Is it a coincidence these explanations are also used as excuses by Sicilians for taking the day off?

"...clocks and watches in Sicily are complicating their owners by running more than 15 minutes fast." Yes, complications. You can't have Sicilians showing up early at their public state office jobs. What will the citizens think? It's already inspiring enough watching them work...sort of like watching the making of "Fantasia".

Ah, la Sicilia (like other Southern Italian regions), where 3 employees are hired for each public service job. The first guy, Moe, complains all day about how a solar explosion got him out of bed early. Larry's job is to watch Moe do a half-ass job while Curly stands around with that blank look on his face.

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