Friday, August 5, 2016

Shamaine's Duck Ragù



This morning Shamaine sent me this photo of her sauce made with duck. 

.....Looks delicious..
... I dare to say, it looks Italian.......
... actually it looks like Max's duck sauce

...And if you have followed my blog and you have virtually met Max ( you see him in the photo below) , you know how careful he is with his food and how pcky with ingredients



So.... 

WELL DONE, SHAMAINE!

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Calendar: The Week Between August and September 2016

The week between august and september


MON 29th
TUE  30th
WED 31st
THUR 1st
FRI 2nd
SAT  3rd
SUN 4th
9,30 -  01:00
.







10:00 -01:00







11:00 -02:00

Tuscan Experience: Ribollita or Minestrone, Chicken Hunter Style; Biscotti with Almonds


Pizza & Gelato: Pizza dough and toppings, Vanilla Ice Cream and Chocolate Ice Cream

Pasta Making: Tagliatelle with Vegetable sauce; Ravioli Spinach and ricotta with Fresh Tomato sauce ; Gnocchi with Pesto


Tuscan Experience: Ribollita or Minestrone, Chicken Hunter Style; Biscotti with Almonds

02:30-5:30
Fresh pasta: Noodles of the Lucumon; Testaroli with pesto; Crepes of Caterina de’ Medici; Pici with sausage sauce
Meat and poultry: Thrush (or other available bird, depending on season) with juniper berries; Chicken Etruscan style; Rabbit with apples; Pork loin in sea crust
Fish and seafood: Drawned baby octopus; Calamars stuffed with Pecorino Romano; Red mullets Livornese style; Cacciucco (fish soup)
 Dessert day :Cremè brulee of Tuscan Pecorino Fresh fruit tart Cantuccini alle mandorle-
Liver terrine with apples and pistachios
Spinach and ricotta ravioli
Guinea fowl with pomegranate
Marcella’s apple pie


04:00-07:00

Pasta Making: Tagliatelle with Vegetable sauce; Ravioli Spinach and ricotta with Fresh Tomato sauce ; Gnocchi with Pesto


Sicilian Experience: Timbale “Norma”; Pork rolls; Cassata Siciliana


Pizza & Gelato: Pizza dough and toppings, Vanilla Ice Cream and Chocolate Ice Cream

Sicilian Experience: Timbale “Norma”; Pork rolls; Cassata Siciliana

Pasta Making: Tagliatelle with Vegetable sauce; Ravioli Spinach and ricotta with Fresh Tomato sauce ; Gnocchi with Pesto

06:00-09:00

La Pasta fresca: l’impasto e la forma
Lasagne con ragù e besciamella

Corollo all’olio extra vergne di olive e caramello al vino
Pastry Class: Baking techniques (Patè a choux, Short Bread),  Tiramsù

Menu di pesce: Spaghetti vongole e zucchini
Pesce crudo all’arancia 

Crespelle di farina di castagne con ripieno di ricotta





The link on YouTube of the video on Tortellini

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AFp5pUz-oHc


Saturday, July 23, 2016

Yes... but I have to work at pc....


Yesterday night I was very tired, after weeks of work ( Thank God for this). I could not answer to some emails for the risk of an incoming head ache with related  dizziness.

Thus, this morning I woke up with this "trill": I have got to work at pc.

Oh, well.... The place in the photo is where I woke up. 

Yesterday night Max pretended to be happy to go to the restaurant ( I had warned him: not make me cook and wash dishes, I am exausted) but, during the dinner, he could not avoid to sentence - as he always does - " I eat well only at home".
Believe me: I felt the impulse to leave him alone at the restaurant, but I was too tired for an argument.

So, altough I had my job in mind, this morning anyways I had to "be forgiven" and to feel less guilty. Translation: I had to cook.

I knew there was some stale bread soaking in water and vinegar in the refrigerator. Max had started the Panzanella for dinner yesterday.  My DUTY is: washing tomatoes, cucumbers, fresh onions, basil and finishing it. No onions in the fridge or in the basket.

Where is Max?

Ok, let's go out. Search for him.
He cannot be anywhere else than in the orchard.
" Give me one onion for the Panzanella", I yell from far.
"Come here! pass upon the cut wheat!"
I am wearing flip flop sandals.
I go, pushing down the sticks which are piercing my nude legs.
"Are they piercing you? " Max screams.
" No... I am fine.."
" You have to walk sliding forward your foot,  push down the sticks"
" Ahhh... really? "

I get next to him. He gives me a red oblung onion just pulled out from the ground.
I think: I have to work on pc. I say : " The plum tree is full".
"Yeaahhh. ... should be picked... no time.... "
" You need me to bring you a bucket? "
" Oh, yeaah... and also, as you go, if you don't mind, bring me spade"
"Where is it? "
"Just next to the wood oven"
I go back  up, passing the same way on the cut wheat.
I go the garage, take the bucket, then to the barn, next to the oven. 
Luckly the spade was there.

I think: I have to work at pc.

I go back down, passing on the cut wheat. 
Max says: " Do you mind picking the plums".
I go to the tree with the bucket.
There is mud around the tree. My feet sink and get dirty.
Yes... but i have to work at pc.

I pick the plums.
Max gives me a bigger bucket full of everything.
I go back to the house.



There are also beet roots. I wash them and put to boil.
They take a while, so, if I want to work at pc, I'd better start first to cook. I want to make a salad of Beet root, creamy goat cheese and parsley. My friend Sue Campbell taugh me this salad. Delicious.

I count 140 zucchini flowers. I clean them all. It takes 40 minutes.
Then I slice the onion for the Panzanella and let it soak in fresh water. 
Finally I go to pc.
I do this post.
No real work....
I have to go back to the kitchen.