12/02/09 Guinea Fowl with Mascarpone

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This week's Italian recipes:
  -Eggs with Sausage
  -Guinea Fowl with Mascarpone
  -Rice Pudding

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 Recipe: Eggs with Sausage

Eggs with Sausage
Uova al Piatto con Salsiccia


4 eggs
11 oz (300 grams) Italian sausages, coarsely chopped
3 and 1/2 fl oz (100 ml) dry white wine
Butter, for greasing


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

Grease four individual ovenproof dishes with butter.

Heat a frying pan, add the sausages and cook over a medium heat until well browned.

Sprinkle in the wine and cook until it has evaporated.

Divide the sausages among the prepared dishes and break an egg on top of each.

Season lightly with salt and bake until the egg whites have set.

Serve immediately. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Guinea Fowl with Mascarpone

Guinea Fowl with Mascarpone
Faraona al Mascarpone


5 oz (150 grams) mascarpone cheese
4 fl oz (120 ml) brandy
1 guinea fowl
1 oz (25 grams) butter
1 fresh rosemary sprig, chopped
Salt and pepper


Mix together the mascarpone and half the brandy in a bowl and spoon into the cavity of the guinea fowl.

Sew up the opening and truss with kitchen string.

Melt the butter in a pan, add the guinea fowl and cook, turning frequently, until browned all over.

Season with salt and pepper, sprinkle with the rosemary, lower the heat and cover.

Cook, turning occasionally, for 1 hour until tender.

Transfer the guinea fowl to a warm serving dish, sprinkle with the remaining brandy and ignite.

Carve when the flames have died down. Serves 6.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Rice Pudding

Rice Pudding
Delizia al Riso


5 oz (150 grams) short grain rice
8 fl oz (250 ml) milk
5 oz (150 grams) caster or superfine sugar
1/4 pint (150 ml) double cream
2 oz (50 grams) candied citron peel, cut into pieces


Cook the rice in a pan of boiling water for 10 minutes, then drain immediately.

Bring the milk to simmering point in a pan, add the rice and cook until all the milk has been absorbed.

Stir in the sugar, then remove the pan from the heat and leave to cool.

Stiffly whip the cream.

Fold the citron peel and the whipped cream into the rice.

Rinse out a ring mould with water, pour in the rice mixture and place in the freezer until the mixture becomes firm.

Turn out 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:

Latin Teacher Shocks Italian Government With Berlusconi Translations

Rome - November 13, 2009 - A Latin teacher in southern Italy who had students translate phrases about Premier Silvio Berlusconi caused a furor on Friday when the story received front-page coverage in a right-wing newspaper.

Reported in a daily owned by Berlusconi's brother, Angela Di Nanni's exercises referred to trials facing the premier after an constitutional court ruling last month quashing a law granting the premier immunity from persecution.

"Silvio Berlusconi will be called before judges," read one of the passages.

"Berlusconi is accused of corruption and fraud, but says he will not resign," read another.

The news article described Di Nanni as "a political militant" and accused her of "using a dead language to insult the premier".

The article concluded with a plea for teachers "not to contaminate the classics with their political anger".

But the principal of the school where Di Nanni teaches, Luciano Gigante, said she had no such intention.

"Di Nanni was just trying to get some of her more difficult students interested in the lesson," he said

The principal explained that the exercise came from a website popular among teachers that offers Latin versions of top news items.

"The students also translated a piece about the death of Michael Jackson," Gigante said.

"This is as all just a tempest in a teapot".

Local education officials called an emergency meeting after the article came out to decide whether the translations called for disciplinary action.

You see, sometimes, you have to motivate these Italian kids to strive for academic success (If they're not motivated, they simply vote with their smelly feet). And what better way to motivate the little nincompoops than with Latin and Italian politics?

"(Porca vacca!) Hey Mamma! I'm having a hard time translating this crap!"

Latin Homework Assignment: Translate the ramblings of a chuckle-faced Prime Minister:

1. "There are only about 100,000 people in law enforcement, while there are millions of beautiful women... Women have to be defended." (When asked by reporters about a proposal to deploy 300,000 troops to fight crime following a series of sexual assaults in Rome and other cities.)

2. "Italy is now a great country to invest in...Today we have fewer communists and those who are still there deny having been one. Another reason to invest in Italy is that we have beautiful secretaries." (During a visit to the New York Stock Exchange in 2003, he touted the benefits of doing business in Italy.)

3. "I trust the intelligence of the Italian people too much to think that there are so many 'coglioni' around who would vote against their own best interests." (He decided to insult his own fellow citizens by making this statement less than a week before parliamentary elections in Italy.

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