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Pork roast

6 Jun

The past few months were a bit crazy with guests coming over to visit us in the eternal city. The time has been flying! We checked out new restaurants and visited our favourites. Only 3 more weeks to go! It’s unbelievable that almost a year passed so quickly. Last week my friend Sanne who also likes to cook, asked me if I quit writing for my blog. “No way!” I said and told her about the past few months. I thought about the weekend and felt like making a nice oven dish. While cleaning the house, I found the last Christmas edition of an old food magazine. I saw this amazing recipe and immediately was inspired to make it! On Saturday we bought the groceries after a trip to this amazing fairytale city, Civita di Bagnoregio. While the roast was in the oven, we watched a movie and drank a good Italian wine. The roast smelled delicious when it came from the oven and it tasted perfect! I forgot how nice it is to make something from scratch! I hope you enjoy making this recipe as much as I did.

Ingredients

8-10 persons

100 g. mixed mushrooms, 200 g. spinach, 4 cloves garlic, 1 tablespoon olive oil, 100 g. pine nuts, 1 piece of pork meat from the belly (1-1,5 kg.), salt and pepper, a food chopper or kitchen machine and kitchen string.

Preparation

Peel and chop the garlic and cut the mushrooms into small pieces and set them aside. Wash the spinach and squeeze the water out. Heat the olive oil, put the garlic in and bake it until it starts to smell good. Then add the pine nuts and the mushrooms bake them for 3 minutes and add the spinach bit by bit until it shrinks. Let it cool off and sieve it until all the water is out. Then, put everything in a food chopper and chop the mix grossly. Flavour it with salt and pepper.

Preheat an electric oven on 200 degrees (or 175 degrees for a convection oven). Cut the pork meat through the length (see pictures) and flavour it with salt and pepper. Put the meat with the fat facing downwards. Rub the pork meat with the spinach meat and coat it nicely. And now the hard part: roll the meat, with the spinach mix, tight and tie the roll with kitchen string. Watch that you don’t push the spinach out of the roll.

Put the roll in an oven dish in the oven for 1,5 hours. From time to time, drain the fat from the oven dish.

I made a nice salad on the side, click here for the recipe.

Buon appetito!

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Green chili

6 Jun

Ingredients

flower tortillas, olive oil, 600 g. chopped beef, 1 teaspoon of sage (I used fresh), salt and pepper, 2 onions, 3 cloves of garlic, 2 green bell peppers, 3 small hot peppers, 4 red tomatoes, 1 lettuce, 1 small bunch of fresh mint, 4 spring onions, 1 lime and yoghurt to serve.

Preparation

Put a large pan on high heat and add some olive oil. Add the chopped beef, sage and salt and pepper. Cook them for a few minutes and stir occasionally. Meanwhile, chop your onions, bell peppers and hot peppers.  Add them to the meat and let the stir fry for 10 minutes. Then you can chop the tomatoes. When the stir looks good, add the chopped tomatoes and a bit of water (as you prefer). A chili needs to be a bit dry, so don’t add too much water. Turn the heat down to medium and let the stir be for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, you can chop the lettuce and the spring onions. Mix it with the mint leaves.

After 10 minutes, add some lime juice, salt and pepper. Warm up the tortillas (want them homemade? click this link!).

Buon appetito!

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Superbowl Chicken

4 Feb

As I am writing this blog-message, I am starting to recognize that lately I have been eating a lot of comfort food. Maybe I should feature some nice healthy recipes again.. But first! These amazing chicken wings covered in Parmesan cheese found online by my fidanzato. The taste is awesome, different and they are really easy to make, you don’t need to fry them! You just need the oven. Aside that this is more easy, it feels a bit more healthy too 😉

Ingredients

Chicken: 1,5 kg. of chicken wings, 3 liters of water, 3 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar, 1 tablespoon of time, oregano and rosemary, 1 leave of laurel, 2 tablespoons of salt. Marinade: 1,5 base of garlic, 2 teaspoons of fresh black pepper, 1 teaspoon of white pepper, a few flakes of pepperoncini, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, half hand of breadcrumbs, handful of grated Parmesan cheese.

Preparation

For this recipe you can take large or small chicken wings, however small chicken wings will taste a bit better I think, because they can be covered better by the marinade and seasoning. Take the 3 liters of water and add the seasoning written under ‘chicken’. Heat it until the water cooks and add the chicken wings. Wait again until the water temperature rises to boiling temperature and let the wings cook for 15 minutes. After they are cooked, let them dry on a dish for 15 minutes. They need to dry this long, because they need to be dry when you cover them with marinade.

Meanwhile, preheat the oven on 225 degrees and make the marinade with the garlic, black and white pepper, olive oil and flakes of pepperoncini (how many as you like). If the wings are dry, cover them with marinade. Then, add the breadcrumbs and cover the wings. After this, add the grated Parmesan cheese and cover the wings. Put the wings on the griddle and leave the skin part facing upwards. Add some extra Parmesan if you like and put them in the oven for 10-15 minutes. The wings need to become brown and crunchy. Buon appetito!

(I found this recipe on http://foodwishes.blogspot.it /)

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Cordon Bleu

21 Jan

Last week I was watching the movie Julie & Julia with Amy Adams and Meryl Streep. The movie is about a woman who thinks she needs a new goal in life next to her boring job at an insurance company. She decides that she is going to write a blog about making the 524 recipes of Julia Child’s book “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” in one year. I loved the movie because it resembles my passion for cooking and writing a blog about it! In the movie, Julia Child, the wife of Paul Child who worked for the United Stated Information Agency in Paris, needs to find a new hobby, because she needs something to do in the city she loves, Paris. She starts with going to a hat-making club, but decides that a cooking club is more convenient. The name of the school where she goes to, is “Le Cordon Bleu” and that was my cue for this new recipe. I have never made Cordon Bleus myself. I always buy them in the store and then think they are okay. However, I started to think that making them yourself must be a boost for the taste, and god I was right! You can read the recipe below.

Ingredients

400 g. of pork meat (1,5 cm thick), 2 slices of cooked ham, 2 slices of young cheese, 1 egg, 25 g. of flower, 25 g. of breadcrumbs, salt and pepper, butter or olive oil.

Preparation

Preheat the oven on 180 degrees. Add the flower, breadcrumbs and the egg in three low bowls. Take the pork meat and make sure they are 1,5 cm thick. If not, take a wine bottle or rolling pin and roll the meat until it’s more thin. Take two slices of meat that are of the same size (or cut them until they are) and put cheese and ham between the slices. Do this until all of the meat is used. Take the packages and roll them gently through the egg, flower and then breadcrumbs. Heat up a pan and use some butter or olive oil. Take the Cordon Bleus and bake them until they get brown along both sides. Then, put the Cordon Bleus to the heated oven for about 8 minutes. Then you are done! Buon appetito!

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