Potatoes with Tomato Sauce

In Vegetables On January 2, 2014 0 Comments

Peel three or four raw potatoes, cut them in slices about the size of a five-shilling piece, then put them into a stewpan with two ounces of melted butter, and cook them gently until they are a good colour, add salt, drain off the butter, then glaze them by adding half a glass of good stock.

Arrange them on a dish, pour some good tomato sauce over them, and add a little butter and a squeeze of lemon juice.

Soup alla Lombarda

In Soups On January 2, 2014 0 Comments
  1. Make a firm forcemeat of fowl and divide it into three parts.
  2. To the first, add two spoons of cream Béchamel; to the second, four spoons of purée of green peas; to the third, two spoons of lobster butter and the yolk of an egg. Thus you will have the Italian colours, red, white, and green.
  3. Butter a pie dish and make little quenelles of the forcemeat.
  4. Just before serving, boil them for four minutes in boiling stock, take them out carefully and put them in a warm soup tureen with two spoonfuls of cooked green peas and pour a very fresh clear soup over them.

Hand little croutons fried in lobster butter separately.

Bechamel Sauce

In Sauce On January 2, 2014 0 Comments

Prepare a mirepoix by mixing two ounces of butter, trimmings of lean veal and ham, a carrot, a shallot, a little celery, all cut into dice, a bay leaf, two cloves, four peppercorns, and a little thyme. Put this on a moderate fire so as not to let it colour, and when all the moisture is absorbed add a tablespoonful of potato flour. Mix well, and gradually add equal quantities of cream and fowl stock, and stir till it boils. Then let it simmer gently. Stir occasionally, and if it gets too thick, add more cream and white stock. After two hours pass it twice slowly through a tamis so as to get the sauce very smooth.

Pizza Margherita

In Pizza On December 31, 2013 0 Comments

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Put a jelly roll pan or a half sheet pan in the oven.Begin by making the tomato sauce. In a large saute pan over medium heat, add 2 tablespoons olive oil, the minced garlic, thyme and oregano. Cook until just fragrant then add the crushed tomatoes and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Lower the heat and simmer for 7 to 8 minutes to reduce and concentrate the flavor. Shut off the heat and set aside.

Take the preheated jelly roll pan out of the oven and drizzle some olive oil over the entire surface. Cut the dough into 2 pieces and reserve 1 piece for another use. Stretch the pizza dough out so it is just bigger than the pan, then lay it inside the pan, so the dough comes up the sides to form a crust on the rim. Smear with tomato sauce then tear up the mozzarella and scatter it evenly over the top of the pie. Tear the basil leaves, spread them over the top and drizzle with a little more olive oil. Give it a final season with salt and pepper, to taste, then bake in the hot oven until golden and bubbly, about 15 to 18 minutes

Remove from the oven, cut into slices and serve.

Fresh Pizza Dough:

2 packages active dry yeast
2 teaspoons sugar
2 cups warm water (100 to 110 degrees F.)
2 tablespoons kosher salt
6 cups unbleached all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra for bowl

In a small bowl, combine the yeast, sugar and water and stir gently to dissolve. Let the mixture stand until the yeast comes alive and starts to foam, 5 to 10 minutes.

If you’re using a stand mixer, combine the salt and flour to the bowl and pulse a few times to mix. Add the yeast mixture, at the lowest speed, until the flour incorporates. When the dough starts to come together, increase the speed to medium and mix until the dough gathers into a ball. This should take about 2 minutes. Add the olive oil and pulse a few more times. Stop the machine periodically to scrape the dough off the hook. Get a feel for the dough as you’re making it by squeezing a small amount together between your thumb and fingers. If it’s crumbly, add more water, if it’s sticky, add more flour, 1 tablespoon at a time. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and fold it over itself a few times, kneading until it’s smooth and elastic.

If you’re making the dough by hand, add the yeast mixture to a large bowl and stir in the salt and the 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Then begin stirring in the flour. When the mixture becomes too stiff to stir with a spoon, knead in the rest of the flour by hand, adding just enough so that the dough is soft but not too sticky. As you work, squeeze a small amount of dough together between your thumb and fingers. If it’s crumbly, add more water; if it’s sticky, add more flour, 1 tablespoon at a time. Knead until smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes.

Form the dough into a round and put it into a lightly oiled bowl, turning it over to coat the dough entirely with the oil. Cover with plastic wrap or a damp towel and let it rise in a warm spot (i.e., over a gas pilot light) until it doubles in size, about 1 hour.

Panna Cotta

In Dolci On December 31, 2013 0 Comments
Place the cream in a saucepan. Halve the vanilla bean lengthwise; scrape out the seeds with a knife, then add the seeds and pod to the saucepan. Add the sugar and bring to a simmer over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally. Discard the vanilla pod.Sprinkle the gelatin over the milk in a bowl and let stand until the gelatin softens, about 5 minutes. Stir the gelatin mixture into the hot cream mixture until dissolved, then stir in the yogurt. Divide among six to eight 4-ounce ramekins, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until set, at least 6 hours or overnight.Dip each ramekin three-quarters of the way in warm water and invert onto a plate. Garnish each panna cotta with strawberries and mint, if desired.

Profiteroles with Ricotta Mascarpone

In Dolci On December 31, 2013 0 Comments
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Line a heavy large baking sheet with a silpat or parchment paper. Combine the water, butter, 1 1/2 teaspoons of sugar, and salt in a heavy medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring until the butter melts. Add the flour and stir over medium heat for 1 minute. Cool 5 minutes.

Crack 2 eggs into a measuring cup. Use a wooden spoon to beat the eggs into the dough, 1 at a time. Spoon 10 or 12 (1 1/2-inch) mounds of dough onto the prepared baking sheet, spacing 2 inches apart. Beat the remaining egg in a small bowl to blend. Gently brush the egg over the dough mounds (do not drip the egg onto the baking sheet).

Bake the pastries until they are amber brown, about 50 minutes. Allow the pastries to cool completely.

Mix the mascarpone, ricotta, vanilla, and remaining 3 tablespoons of sugar in a medium bowl. Refrigerate until cold. Using a serrated knife, cut the tops off the pastry and set aside. Spoon the mascarpone mixture into the pastries and top with its lid.

Combine the chocolate-hazelnut spread and cream in a small bowl. Heat in the microwave for about 30 seconds until warm. Stir the mixture. Spoon the chocolate-hazelnut sauce atop the pastries. Sprinkle with the hazelnuts and serve.

This is an absolutely amazing recipe for Profitteroles! My suggestion, depending on your oven you might want to keep an eye on the baked profitteroles, some might find them ready in 35 or 40 mins instead of 50. Enjoy your desert!!

Salad of Fennel and Oranges

In Salads On December 30, 2013 0 Comments

Peel and slice the fennel.

Wash and peel orange very well, then prepare slim filaments of the orange skin for decoration.

Cut the slices of orange.

Mix the juice of half an orange with olive oil, pepper and salt.

Mix the fennel with orange segments.

Add the strands of orange peel and raisins.

Season with the orange juice mixed with olive oil, pepper and salt.

This is excellent summer refreshing dish when the sun is high and the weather is hot. I also tried to add it to the Christmas table, everyone loved it!

Baked Sea Bream

In Fish On December 30, 2013 0 Comments

Cover a baking tray with greaseproof paper, put a bit of olive oil over the paper. Take sea bream already washed and cleaned, fill it with garlic, rosemary, parsley and lemon. Then place sea bream on the baking tray.

Sprinkle again with a bit olive oil, add a few drops of wine, salt it and bake for about 25/30 minutes at 356 F in the oven.

If you are in mood for fish, that’s the dish for you! Delicate taste of sea bream combined with lemon and rosemary, parsley and garlic won’t leave you unsatisfied.