12/30/09 Skate With Capers

"Chi pensa male fa peccato ma indovina." (He who thinks badly commits a sin but hits the mark.) Welcome to another recipe edition from Angela's Organic Oregano Farm!

This week's Italian recipes:
  -Lentil and Bread Soup
  -Beans with Sausages
  -Skate With Capers

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 Recipe: Lentil and Bread Soup

Lentil and Bread Soup
Zuppa di Lenticchie e Pane


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 Soup:
7 oz (200 grams) lentils, soaked in cold water for 2 hours and drained
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 leek, thinly sliced (white part only)
1 fresh thyme sprig, chopped
2 eggs
4 day-old bread slices
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (plus extra for drizzling)
Salt and pepper


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 Soup:
Put the lentils, garlic, leek and thyme into a saucepan.

Pour in the meat stock and bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer for about 2 hours.

Beat the eggs with a pinch of salt in a shallow dish and dip in the old bread.

Heat the olive oil in a frying pan.

Add the egg-coated bread and fry until golden brown on both sides.

Drain on kitchen paper and place a slice in each of four soup bowls.

Ladle in the lentils, season with salt and pepper and drizzle with olive oil. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Beans with Sausages

Beans with Sausages
Fagioli con Salsiccia


7 oz (200 grams) dried beans
8 small Italian sausages
1 celery stalk
2 garlic cloves
2 fresh sage leaves
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
3 and 1/2 fl oz (100 ml) dry white wine
Salt and pepper


Soak the dried beans in cold water for 12 hours and drain.

Place the beans in a saucepan.

Pour in water to cover and add the celery, one of the garlic cloves and one of the sage leaves.

Cover and bring to a boil.

Lower the heat and simmer for about 2-3 hours, adding more hot water if necessary.

Drain well and keep warm.

Heat the olive oil in a frying pan.

Crush the remaining garlic clove.

Add to the pan with the remaining sage leaf and cook tor a few more minutes.

Prick the sausages with a fork, add to the pan and cook until lightly browned all over.

Sprinkle in the wine and cook until it has evaporated.

Drain the beans and add to the pan.

Cover and cook over a medium heat for about 30-35 minutes.

Remove the lid and cook until the excess liquid has boiled off.

Season with salt and pepper, mix well and transfer to a warm serving dish. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Skate With Capers

Skate With Capers
Razza Ai Capperi


2 and 1/4 lbs (1 kg) skate wings
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 garlic clove
1 fresh flat-leaf parsley sprig, chopped
1 and 3/4 lbs tomatoes (800 grams) peeled and chopped
1 tablespoon capers, drained and rinsed
Salt and pepper


Cut the skate wings into fairly large pieces.

Heat the olive oil in a pan, add the onion, garlic and parsley and cook over a low heat, stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes until the onion is lightly browned.

Add the tomatoes and capers, season with salt and pepper to taste and cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes.

Place the skate in the pan, add 2-3 tablespoons warm water, if necessary, and cook for about 30 minutes. 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:

Robbers Caught in Bank Raid Wearing Silvio Berlusconi Masks

Rome - February 11, 2009 - Two Sicilian bank robbers have been caught breaking into a bank in Turin wearing carnival masks representing the features of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and his close business and political associate Marcello Dell'Utri.

Possibly inspired by the Hollywood movie Point Break, in which a group of surfers robbed banks wearing masks of former presidents of the United States, the men were armed with imitation handguns.

They were overpowered by Carabinieri military police as they attempted to flee a branch of Unicredit Bank with Euros 70,000 (90,000 USD) in a backpack after an employee who had witnessed the robbery from a lavatory raised the alarm.

Newspapers on Wednesday published photographs of the arrests taken by a man whose apartment overlooks the bank. The robbers were identified as brothers Michele and Matteo Manganaro, aged 45 and 46, from Catania. A third accomplice reportedly escaped.

The choice of masks could be mildly embarrassing for Mr Berlusconi, who has been accused over the years of bribery, false accounting and collusion with the Mafia, but has never been convicted. His friend Mr Dell'Utri however, who hails from Sicily, has convictions for false accounting, tax evasion and complicity with Cosa Nostra.

Berlusconi: "I am the Jesus Christ of politics. I am a patient victim, I put up with everyone, I sacrifice myself for everyone."
Thief: "...so I deserve this money!"

Berlusconi: "I trust the intelligence of the Italian people too much to think that there are so many pricks around who would vote against their own best interests."
Thief: "...so don't be a prick and press the alarm button! It's in your own best interest."

Berlusconi: "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...superb girls."
Thief: "...I'm going to invest this cash in superb girls who are ex Communists!"

Berlusconi: "Eighty-five per cent of the Italian press is left-wing and among the judges it is even worse... There is a cancer in Italy that we have to treat: the politicization of the magistracy."
Thief: "...Hurry up! The cancer is spreading. I need this cash for chemotherapy!"

Berlusconi: "I believed and still believe that citizen Berlusconi should be praised for having prevented the state's wealth from being looted... I was expecting a Gold Medal for Civil Worthiness for ensuring the state earned 2,000 billion [Italian lire]."
Thief: "...where was my praise?! My gold medal? Where?! Cazzo! I'm taking this before it gets looted by the state!

Berlusconi: "If I, taking care of everyone's interests, also take care of my own, you can't talk about a conflict of interest."
Thief: "...I'm taking care of everyone's interest and my own. There will be no conflict, so open the safe!"

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