11/17/10 Loin Of Pork with Tuna Sauce

"Quando finisce la partita, i pedoni, le torri, i cavalli, i vescovi, i due re e le due regine tutti vanno nello stesso scatolo." (When the chess game is over, the pawns, rooks, knights, bishops, kings, and queens all go back into the same box.) Welcome to another recipe edition from Angela's Organic Oregano Farm!

This week's Italian recipes:
  -Baked Pumpkin with Potatoes
  -Salmon and Wine Risotto
  -Loin Of Pork with Tuna Sauce

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 Recipe: Baked Pumpkin with Potatoes

Baked Pumpkin with Potatoes
Zucca Al Forno con Patate


Extra virgin olive oil, for brushing and drizzling
4 waxy potatoes, cut into 1/4-inch (5 mm) slices
1 onion, cut into rings
14 oz (400 grams) pumpkin flesh, cut into 2-inch (1 cm) slices
4 ripe tomatoes, peeled and diced
Salt and pepper


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

Brush an ovenproof dish with olive oil.

Make alternate layers of potatoes, onion and pumpkin in the prepared dish.

Sprinkle the tomato over the top, drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.

Bake for 1 hour.

Leave to stand for 5 minutes before serving. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Salmon and Wine Risotto

Salmon and Wine Risotto
Risotto Alla Salsa Di Salmone e Vino Bianco


For the Vegetable Stock:
3 cherry tomatoes, coarsely chopped
2 turnips, coarsely chopped
2 leeks, trimmed and coarsely chopped
2 carrots, coarsely chopped
2 potatoes, coarsely chopped
2 onions, coarsely chopped
1 celery stick, coarsely chopped

For the Risotto:
12 oz (350 grams) risotto rice
3 oz (80 grams) smoked salmon
12 fl oz (350 ml) sparkling white wine
1 and 1/2 oz (40 grams) butter


Prepare the Vegetable Stock:
Place all the vegetables in a large saucepan, pour in 1.5 liters (2 and 1/2 pints) of water, add a pinch of salt and bring to a boil.

Lower the heat and simmer gently for about 20-25 minutes.

Remove from the heat and leave to cool slightly, then strain into a bowl pressing down well on the vegetables with a wooden spoon.

Prepare the Risotto:
Bring the stock to a boil.

Melt half the butter in another saucepan.

Stir in the rice and cook, stirring, until the rice grains are coated in butter.

Pour in the wine and cook until it has evaporated.

Add a ladleful of the hot stock and cook, stirring, until it has been absorbed.

Continue adding the stock, a ladleful at a time, and stirring until each addition has been absorbed. This will take about 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, finely chop half the smoked salmon and coarsely chop the other half.

Cream the remaining butter in a bowl and beat in the finely chopped salmon.

About 2 minutes before the rice has finished cooking, stir in the butter mixture and coarsely chopped salmon. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Loin Of Pork with Tuna Sauce

Loin Of Pork with Tuna Sauce
Lombo Tonnato


For the Pork:
1 and 3/4 lbs (800 grams) loin of pork, boned
8 fl oz (250 ml) dry white wine
2 carrots, cut into thin batons
1 celery stick, chopped
1 onion
1 tablespoon black peppercorns
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 lemon, sliced, to garnish

For the Sauce:
3 hard-boiled egg yolks
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
6 fl oz (175 ml) extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons capers, drained, rinsed and chopped
4 canned anchovy fillets in oil, drained and chopped
7 oz (200 grams) canned tuna in oil, drained and flaked


Tie the pork neatly with kitchen string and place in a snug-fitting pan.

Pour in the wine and add water to cover.

Add the carrots, celery, onion, a pinch of salt, the peppercorns and olive oil, bring to the boil, then lower the heat, cover and simmer gently for 1 hour.

Remove the pan from the heat and leave the meat to cool in the cooking liquid.

Drain the pork, reserving the vegetables, place on a plate, cover with cling film and put a weight (such as a couple of cans of tomatoes) on top.

Chill in the refrigerator.

Meanwhile, make the sauce.

Mash the egg yolks in a bowl, then beat in the mustard, a generous pinch of salt and the vinegar until smooth.

Gradually beat in the olive oil, adding it in a thin, continuous stream.

Stir in the capers, anchovies and tuna.

Put the reserved vegetables in a food processor and process to a puree.

Stir the puree into the sauce.

Uncover the meat and carve it into thin slices.

Place the slices, overlapping slightly, in concentric rings on a serving dish.

Spoon the sauce over them to cover completely.

Garnish with slices of lemon and serve. 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 School Plastered With Official Northern League Symbols

Rome - September 14, 2010 - A Northern League mayor's decision to plaster a school near Brescia with his regionalist party's symbol has raised a political storm in Italy.

Oscar Lancini, the mayor of Adro near Brescia, justified putting the party's green Sole delle Alpi (Sun of the Alps) on the town school's windows, desks, wastepaper baskets and doormats by saying the symbol is also linked to the area's Celtic heritage. But the move has been criticized by parents' groups, opposition parties and the local branch of the CGIL trade union is planning legal action to remove the symbols of a party that frequently takes extreme positions on immigration issues.

"Branding a public school with an image loaded with such significance risks depriving it of its value as part of the nation," CGIL, Italy's biggest union, said in a statement on Tuesday.

The Italian Parent's Movement (Moige) expressed "dismay" and even members of Silvio Berlusconi's People of Freedom (PdL) party, which is allied with the League in the central government, said Lancini had gone too far.

"The mayor of Adro would be wise to have all the symbols of his party removed from the public school at the town's expense, not the central government's," said PdL MP Osvaldo Napoli.

Education Minister Mariastella Gelmini has also come under fire for not being more forthright in condemning Lancini's actions.

She said she was "always of the idea that political polemics should be kept outside school" but described the move as "folkloristic" and called on the mayor's critics to be equally vocal when left-wing symbols enter the classroom.

"The mayor of Adro's act has the complicity of minister Gelmini and therefore of the whole government," said Giampiero De Toni, a Senator with the center-left Italy of Values (IDV) opposition party.

"This is dangerous because it throws the independence of the school into doubt.

"Party symbols should stay outside schools. It's a clear attempt to identify the state with a political party, what's more a xenophobic, separatist one. We thought such attempts had been buried with the end of Fascism".

A member of the opposition Radical party said Gelmini should send ministry inspectors to the school.

It's Mr. Oscar Lancini’s Neighborhood: "It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood, a beautiful day in the neighborhood. Everybody’s from the north! There are no Sicilians, Calabrese or Napolitani."

First lesson of the school year: "Students, remember one thing; just because someone is different than you is no reason to be nice to them. Can you say, outcasts? Si, you can."

We could just imagine the difference between this pristine school and one of our typical Sicilian public schools: Large multimedia screens, free WiFi, iPads for the students, and pretty teachers compared to Pentium 1 computers riddled with viruses, color printers that print only in black, 56K dial-up with no internet connection, our cousin, Ignazio, teaching Greek Latin...and no running water.

"Minchia", what fun could it possibly be to attend this school? And why do I have to be badgered into signing up for the "Northern League" political party before I can sign up for the archery team? What could the punishment be? Staying after school to clean up the cafeteria?

Fascism, xenophobia, immigrant issues..."porca vacca", who cares? I can't spell xenophobia let alone know what it is! I'm dealing with zits, out-of-control hormones, peer pressure, and trying to get laid!

"Vaffanculo", who needs the aggravation. I want to go home, smoke pot, and daydream.

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