10/29/14 Breast of Veal with Sausages

"Che mangiamo oggi? Pane, pesce fritto e baccala!" (What are we going to eat today? Bread, fried fish and dried cod. There's nothing much to eat.) Welcome to another recipe edition from Angela's Organic Oregano Farm!

This week's Italian recipes:
  -Leek and Potato Soup
  -Curried Rice and Lentils
  -Breast of Veal with Sausages

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 Recipe: Leek and Potato Soup

Leek and Potato Soup
Minestra di Porri e Patate


1 lb 5 oz (600 grams) leeks, white parts only sliced
1 onion, sliced
3 potatoes, diced
1 fresh flat-leaf parsley sprig, chopped
Extra virgin olive oil, for drizzling
Parmigiano cheese, freshly grated, to serve


Place the leeks, potatoes, onion and a pinch of salt into a saucepan.

Pour in 5 fl oz (150 ml) water and cook for about 10 minutes.

Add 18 fl oz (500 ml) warm water.

Cover and cook over a low heat for 25-30 minutes.

Ladle half the soup into a food processor and process to a puree.

Return to the saucepan.

Cook over a low heat for another 20 minutes.

Drizzle with olive oil.

Sprinkle with the parsley and serve with Parmigiano cheese. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Curried Rice and Lentils

Curried Rice and Lentils
Riso con Lenticchie al Curry


12 oz (350 grams) long grain rice
5 oz (150 grams) lentils
2 teaspoons curry powder
1 and 1/2 oz (40 grams) butter


Place the lentils in a saucepan.

Add water to cover.

Bring to a boil and simmer for about 30 minutes.

Drain, reserving 18 fl oz (500 ml) of the cooking liquid.

Put the rice in a saucepan.

Add the reserved cooking liquid, the curry powder, butter and a pinch of salt.

Bring to a boil and simmer for 15-20 minutes until the rice is tender and all the liquid has been absorbed.

Stir in the lentils and transfer to a warm serving dish.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Breast of Veal with Sausages

Breast of Veal with Sausages
Petto di Vitello con Salsiccie


For the Meat Stock:
1 and 3/4 lb (800 grams) beef (no fat), cut into cubes
1 lb 5 oz (600 grams) veal, cut into cubes
1 onion, coarsely chopped
2 oz (50 grams) coarsely chopped carrots
3 and 1/2 oz (100 grams) leeks, trimmed and coarsely chopped
1 celery stick, coarsely chopped

For the Veal:
2 and 1/4-lbs (1 kg) boneless breast of veal
6 small Italian sausages
4 tablespoons day-old bread, diced
1 onion, chopped
4 tablespoons olive oil, plus extra for brushing
2 oz (50 grams) butter


Prepare the Meat Stock:
Place the meat in a large saucepan, add cold water to cover and bring to a boil. Cooking and gentle simmering are essential for a great meat stock.

Skim off any residue that rises to the surface and add the carrots, leeks, onion, and celery and season with salt.

Lower the heat and simmer for about 3 and 1/2 hours to 4 hours.

Remove from the heat, strain into a bowl and leave to cool.

Then chill in the refrigerator.

When the fat has solidified on the surface carefully remove and throw away.

Prepare the Veal:
Cook the sausages without additional oil or fat in a frying pan until browned and cooked through.

Skin and crumble them into a bowl.

Add the bread and onion and mix well.

Make a horizontal cut in the breast of veal along one of the long sides to create a pocket.

Spoon the mixture into the pocket and sew up the opening.

Brush the veal with olive oil and put it into in a pan with the olive oil and butter.

Cook over a medium heat, turning occasionally, until browned all over.

Cover and cook on a low heat, turning the meat occasionally and gradually adding 1/2 pint (300 ml) of the stock as necessary, for 1 and 1/2 hours.

Carve into slices and spoon the cooking juices over them. Serves 6.

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:

Pope: Yes, I'm A Sinner...But So Are My Cardinals

Genova - October 8, 2013 - Religion class in school is useless, said about 25% of students surveyed in a study.

In fact, an entire class at a school in Genoa asked to be exempt from taking the religious studies course, says a survey conducted by Skuola.net.

Some students also complained that the course was a waste of tax money and one in four students said they treated the hour devoted to religious class as a free period.

The study also found that three in every five students said that religious class time was usually spent discussing such ethical issues as suicide, abortion and euthanasia.

"Porca l'oca," what a coincidence! We were just saying 25% of Italian students in general are useless. "Si si," simply useless...

In (rare) defense of Italy's public school system, we're having a hard time giving an Italian crap about the complaints of Italian students. Could be because they're young and free...and we're miserable.

The problem here is not so much the waste of tax money (as if these mules knew what taxes are)...but what the one in four students are up to during that free period. But can you believe the nerve of these "rompicoglioni?" Those tax dollars are going towards property damage that constantly occurs during that religion class.

As Italy's Oscar Wilde once said (he was Italian, wasn't he?), "You can never be overdressed or overeducated." So, dress up, stay off the streets, go to religion class and accept it at face value as we did back in the old Catholic school days. If you can't then don't get offended if miserable Italians insist that Siegfried and Roy should be commissioned to clean up the Italian public school system.

On the other hand, in the defense of the students (deep breath here...), we can understand your frustrations up to a certain point. There is too much time wasted on, for example, watching movies during lesson hours. It would be logical if the films were related to the lesson's topic or if they were discussed later on. But they usually serve to kill time if, for example, there is no substitute teacher.

Furthermore, we are well aware that your reference to wasted tax money is the rhetoric result of families badgering you into selecting a political party at the age of 5.

And speaking of your families...the discussion of skipping religion class isn't going to fly at home, especially the ones where mothers are sticking coins under a statue of the Virgin Mother. After all, it's hard to express your opinions and rationale at the dinner table while avoiding getting interrupted every 8 seconds.

"...three in every five students said that religious class time was usually spent discussing such ethical issues as suicide, abortion and euthanasia."

"Mamma mia," what entertaining conversation pieces for the after school playground. We think a more educational and fascinating ethical issue would be the Vatican financing the construction of the Watergate Hotel and apartment complex in Washington DC.

"Eh, excuse me, professore. Has the Church decided when the beatification process for Nixon will begin?"

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