Monday, January 21, 2008

Taste of home

Hello everybody!

I've managed to put my hands on a pc and I'm taking the opportunity to say ''hi'' to you guys who take the time to read about my little daily things.
After a long and tiring flight, I've finally reached my town home. And immediately I've been put k.o. from a bad flu's virus, called Pacific. I don't know who was the stupid that gave that name to this virus, because it is everything, but pacific!!!!
Anyway, even though I've been sick for almost two weeks, during which I even lost my voice (unbelieveble!!!!), I still managed to cook something.

My first approach has been a sort of rustic cookies, that remind me of the smell and the flavors of the just past Christmas, but also the view of the white Alps that I've enioyed from the plane.
So, here they are my

White cookies with dates and tangerine


200 gr all purpose flour
3 egg whites
50 gr butter
80 gr sugar
pinch of salt
1/2 tablespoon baking powder
150 gr finely chopped dates
50 gr candied tangerine or orange
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
powdered sugar as needed

Mix all the ingredients, except the powdered sugar, and get a smooth dough. Cover with pelicula and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
Take a small piece of dough, roll it out and shape it in a small cilinder and then fold it in a halfmoon shape. Roll the cookies in abundant powdered sugar and bake it (on baking sheet covered with parchment paper) at 350 F until nice golden.

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Home sweet home

Dear online friends

My baggage are ready. It's time for me to go on vacation. It will be a long one, one whole month. That's why I really would like say goodbye to you, since you keep me company visiting my blog every day, even though in silence, without living any comment.

I'll miss surfing through blogs and websites of my friends, who tell me their stories through their recipes!

During my vacation I won't have the opportunity to connect to Internet, but I'll have all the time to be on a long gastronomic tour and I'll try to make more culinary experiments at my parent's house. And when I'll come back I will have a lot to tell about!

So goodbye and I'll talk to you alter!!!

By the way, this is my destination


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The picture has been taken from my house in Italy. The shadow behind the mountain is Napoli below the Mt. Vesuvius.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Spicy chocolate "salami"

The chocolate salami, even though may sounds gross, is the most delicious dessert ever! In fact, we are not talking about the same salami that you put in sandwich or pizza, but an Italian traditional dessert that look alike it (that's why it's called "salami"), made of chocolate sugar and cookies. How gross can it be? Actually it sounds delightful!!!
This is the first recipe I've posted on my Italian blog few months ago. And there is a precise reason why I choose just this recipe: it has been my first esperiment in the kitchen!
I was 10 and I saw this recipe on tv, in a show for kids. I decided to try it and I invited over few friends to share it with.
How was it? A disaster!!!
But don't worry, the recipe I'm giving you now is bulletproof and deliciuos!!!! I made few change to the traditional recipe, eliminating the raw eggs and using mexican chocolate. And I've added a little kick...

Ingredients for 1 salami:

180 gram mexican chocolate

1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1/2 teaspoon grounded cinnamon

75 ml heavy cream

75 ml milk

50 gr dark cocoa powder

350 gr wafer cookies or sugar cookies (grounded, not perfectly fine)

1 tablespoon rhum liquor (optional)

almond flour (or very finely grounded almonds)

powdered sugar

Chop the chocolate and put it in a bow with cayenne pepepr and cinnamon.Bring to a boil cream and milk and pour it on top of the chocolate e let rest few minutes. Then stir well.Stir in the cocoa (sifted) and the grounded cookies and mix well.Take a large piece of foil. Sprinkle with almond flour and put the chocolate mixture on top and shape it in a long roll, helping it with the foil. Refrigerate for few hours.Remove from the foil, sprinkle with powdered sugar and with the hands press the sugar onto the salmi. Slice it (thin) on bias and serve it.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Happy 2008 !

Happy New Year Wish

My Happy New Year wish for you
Is for your best year yet,
A year where life is peaceful,
And what you want, you get.
A year in which you cherish
The past year’s memories,
And live your life each new day
Full of bright expectancies.
I wish for you a holiday
With happiness galore;
And when it’s done,
I wish you
Happy New Year, and many more.
By Joanna Fuchs
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