10/06/10 Fried Zucchini Flowers

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This week's Italian recipes:
  -Fried Zucchini Flowers
  -Prosciutto and Fig Pockets
  -Lamb In Sweet and Sour Sauce

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 Recipe: Fried Zucchini Flowers

Fried Zucchini Flowers
Fiori Di Zucchine Fritti


3 and 1/2 oz (100 grams) plain flour
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
5 tablespoons dry white wine
1 egg, separated
Vegetable oil, for deep-frying
12 zucchini flowers, trimmed
Salt and pepper


Mix together the flour, olive oil, wine and egg yolk in a bowl and season with salt and pepper.

Add 5-7 fl oz (150-200 ml) warm water to make a fairly runny, smooth batter.

Leave to stand for 1 hour.

Whisk the egg white in a grease-free bowl and fold gently into the batter.

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

Dip the flowers in the batter, shake off the excess and fry in the hot oil until golden.

Remove with a fish slice and drain on kitchen paper.

Sprinkle with salt and serve immediately. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Prosciutto and Fig Pockets

Prosciutto and Fig Pockets
Borsellini di Prosciutto e Fichi


1 cup red wine
24 (about 9 ounces) dried figs
2 tablespoons sugar
24 slices (about 12 ounces) prosciutto di Parma, thinly sliced
3 ounces Gorgonzola cheese, in 24 chunks
24 chives
Winter fruits (such as oranges, pears and grapes)


In a small saucepan, bring wine to a boil.

Add figs; simmer, covered, until figs are tender, about 5 minutes.

Remove figs and reserve.

To the wine remaining in saucepan, add sugar; simmer until reduced to 1/4 cup; reserve for later use.

Fold each prosciutto slice in half to make 4 and 1/2 x 4-inch rectangles.

Remove stems from figs.

Cut a cross in the top of each fig.

Place a piece of Gorgonzola cheese in each cross, pressing slightly.

Place a stuffed fig in the center of each prosciutto rectangle.

Bring the ham up and around fig to make a pouch.

Tie with a chive. Repeat.

Arrange 3 pouches on each serving plate.

Drizzle plate with wine reduction.

Garnish with fruits. Yields 8 portions.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Lamb In Sweet and Sour Sauce

Lamb In Sweet and Sour Sauce
Agnello In Agrodolce


1,76 lbs (800 grams) lamb cut in pieces
1/4 cup warm water
1/2 cup white vinegar
1 tablespoon sugar
6 peeled tomatoes
1/2 onion
3 spoonfuls extra virgin olive oil
Chopped parsley to taste
Salt and pepper to taste


Cut the onions and the peeled tomatoes into small pieces.

In a pan heat the olive oil, add the onion and fry it until golden brown.

Add the lamb and cook on medium-high flame until it is golden brown on each side, add salt and pepper to taste.

Add peeled tomatoes, salt and the warm water and cook for 30 minutes about, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon.

Add the white vinegar and sugar, stir and continue to cook for 10 minutes.

Place the lamb on serving plate or individual plates, sprinkle with chopped parsley an serve hot. Serves 4.

That's it!

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Rome - September 15, 2010 - Almost one in ten Italians have suffered some form of humiliation during their working lives, ISTAT said Wednesday in a survey for the Equal Opportunities Ministry.

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