10/21/09 Quail on the Spit

"Essi sincero - e vai con Dio." (Be sincere - and go with God.) Welcome to another recipe edition from Angela's Organic Oregano Farm!

This week's Italian recipes:
  -Fettuccine in Golden Brown Butter
  -Quail on the Spit
  -Char and Potato Pie

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 Recipe: Fettuccine in Golden Brown Butter

Fettuccine in Golden Brown Butter
Fettuccine al Burro Bruno


10 oz (275 grams) fettuccine pasta
2 oz (50 grams) butter
2 oz (50 grams) Parmigiano cheese, freshly grated
4-5 tablespoons saved pan juices


Cook the fettuccine in a large pan of salted, boiling water for 2-3 minutes until 'al dente'.

Melt the butter in a frying pan over a low heat and stir in the saved pan juices, which should be concentrated.

Drain the pasta, add to the frying pan, toss well and pour into a warm serving dish.

Sprinkle with the Parmigiano cheese and serve. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Quail on the Spit

Quail on the Spit
Spiedo di Quaglie


1 oz (25 grams) butter, softened
2 teaspoons fresh rosemary needles
1 small onion, finely chopped
8 quail
16 pancetta slices
8 rustic bread slices
Extra virgin olive oil, for brushing salt and pepper
Plain risotto, to serve


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

Mix together the butter, rosemary and onion in a bowl and season with salt and pepper.

Divide the herb butter among the quails' cavities, then wrap each bird in two pancetta slices and truss with kitchen string.

Thread the quail on to a spit, alternating with the slices of bread, brush with olive oil and roast for about 25 minutes.

Brush occasionally with the cooking juices.

Serve with a plain risotto. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Char and Potato Pie

Char and Potato Pie
Tortino di Lavarelli con Patate


Extra virgin olive oil, for brushing and drizzling
Four 7 oz (200 grams) char fish cleaned
3-4 potatoes, thinly sliced
1 garlic clove, chopped
1 fresh thyme sprig, chopped
1 fresh marjoram sprig, chopped
Salt and pepper


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

Brush a roasting tin with olive oil.

Cut several diagonal slashes on each side of each fish.

Make layers of the potatoes in the roasting tin, drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with the garlic and season with salt and pepper.

Place the fish on top, sprinkle with the herbs and drizzle with olive oil.

Bake for about 30 minutes and transfer to a warm serving dish. 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 Housewives: Home Is Dangerous

Rome - January 13, 2009 - Home is a dangerous place, particularly for women and older people, the Italian housewives association, Federcasalinghe, warned on Tuesday.

Around 3.8 million people are injured annually and 8,000 eventually die as a result of accidents at home, said the association, pointing to statistics by the Institute for Workplace Protection and Security (ISPESL). Italian homes see around 4.5 million serious accidents each year, said ISPESL.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, given that Italy has one of the lowest rates of female employment in Europe, women are almost twice as likely to be injured at home as men, accounting for two thirds of all accidents. Nearly a half of those injured are over the age of 65, said ISPEL, which based its conclusions on information from the national statistics institute, Istat, and government administrative offices.

The majority of injuries were fairly minor, with bruising topping the list at 40%, although Italians also reported fractures (23%) and burns (7%), according to Federcasalinghe. Hands were the body part most susceptible to injury (24%), closely followed by the head (20%) and legs (14%).

The figures were released by Federcasalinghe in a bid to raise awareness about the potential dangers at home and as part of its broader campaign to gain more recognition for the work homemakers, usually women, do at home. The association's president, Federica Rossi Gasparrini, urged the government to invest some of the 180 million euros it spends on accident prevention each year on tackling the problem.

Maria Rosaria Di Summa, of the national work institute INAIL, said there were currently around 2.3 million Italians insured for their work as full-time homemakers. But she said the government should do more to help prevent accidents and support people who choose homemaking as a life choice.

A separate study by economic think tank CENSIS recently concluded that some 4 million Italians suffer accidents at home each year, compared to a million at work and around 300,000 involved in road accidents.

According to the report, domestic risks stemmed mainly from shoddy building work, poor quality products and bad safety practices.

But the report also noted that nearly half of Italians (46.6%) had done something very risky or just plain stupid in the last three months.

"What am I doing?! I'm cleaning again! You came to help or 'rompere le palle'?!"

American women devote just four hours a week to household chores while Italians spend twenty-one on housework. There is just one small problem: Unsurprisingly, Italian housewives are hard to please and that's where part of the danger comes in.

You see, they believe they have to have a different product for every job. Italians ridicule the magical multipurpose cleaners, demanding one spray for windows and another for mirrors.

Six years ago, Unilever launched a spray that promised to clean any surface: FAIL! Procter & Gamble tried to promote a non-rinse anti-dust liquid: FAIL!

Cleaning the floor is an art form that only devoted people like Da Vinci and Michelangelo would understand. And Italy's housewives have no time for over-sophisticated domestic appliances that wash, dry, spin and give cooking tips all in one.

Dishwashers also fail to convince. 31% own a dishwasher...
"Huh? Dishwasher? No-no, grazie! I don't want to wash them twice."

The funny logic behind their complaint is they don't want to rinse the plates before putting them in the dishwasher.

The washing machine is an appliance that should be driven carefully...

It should wash without ruining fabrics!
It should spin, but not too fast! (Piano, slow down, cazzo!)
It should wash all kinds of clothes, but not at the same time!

Then there's the obsession with ironing...
80% of Italian women iron everything that derives from any kind of fabric, including socks, underwear and handkerchiefs.

In the end, Italians devote 21 hours a week to household chores, of which five are spent ironing. Cooking is not included in the total...and it is always healthy and wise to not ask when dinner is ready.

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