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  1. Linguine all’Arancia con Pomodori Secchi – Apulian Italian Orange Pasta with Sundried Tomatoes

    May 19, 2015 by Varga László

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    Linguine all’Arancia con Pomodori Secchi – Apulian Italian Orange Pasta with Sundried Tomatoes

    I was recently for a long weekend in Southern Italy, in Puglia and Basilicata.
    The food there was very tasty, a lot of seafood and other fresh but simple ingredients.
    i Will definitely try soon some of the local recipes like the “patate riso e cozze” (potatoes. rice and mussels) or “orecchiette con cime di rapa” (orechiette pasta with broccoli rabe) and so on…

    When in Matera, a wonderful town, I bumped into the town’s farmer market.
    There were a lot of fresh greens, olives and other yummy vegetables.
    But what caught my eyes were the local cheese called caciocavallo – a semi matured cheese made from cow’s milk.
    The best of the best was though the sundried tomatoes – called in Italian pomodori secchi – so fragrant and red. I even bargained a bit for them 🙂
    The orange flavored linguine I bought from another picturesque town -Alborebello.

    When I returned home I improvised a recipe based on these 3 main ingredients: sundried tomatoes, caciocavallo cheese and orange linguine and here is the recipe:

    Ingredients (4 servings):

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    • 50-75 g salted sundried tomatoes
    • 200 g caciocavallo cheese (or other hard cheese like provolone)

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      Linguine all’Arancia

    • 5 garlic cloves
    • 100 ml heavy cream
    • 1 small chilli pepper
    • virgin olive oil

    Preparation method:

    1. Cook the linguine pasta according to their instructions in salty water.
    2. Soak the sundried tomatoes in water.
    3. Chop coarsely the garlic cloves.
    4. Cut the cheese in small pieces.
    5. Heat 2-3 tablespoons olive oil in a pan over medium heat.
    6. Add the chopped garlic, chili pepper and sundried tomatoes and fry until fragrant and the tomatoes are a bit roasted.

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      Pomodori Secchi – Sundried Tomatoes

    7. Add the cheese to the pan and fry a few seconds until it starts to melt.

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      Linguine all’Arancia con Pomodori Secchi – Apulian Italian Orange Pasta with Sundried Tomatoes

    8. Drain the pasta and add to the pan.
    9. Stop the fire, add the cream and stir carefully to mix them all together.

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      Linguine all’Arancia con Pomodori Secchi – Apulian Italian Orange Pasta with Sundried Tomatoes

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      Linguine all’Arancia con Pomodori Secchi – Apulian Italian Orange Pasta with Sundried Tomatoes


  2. Rabbit Bolognese – A Jamie Oliver Adapted Recipe

    April 13, 2015 by Varga László

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    I came across these Rabbit bolognese recipe on Jamie Oliver’s site. I found it very interesting especially the slow-cooking part in the oven for 12 hours… 🙂

    So I gave it a try and my version of the recipe is here:

    Ingredients (serve 12):

    • 1 whole rabbit, including internal organsRabbit Bolognese 01
    •  slices smoked bacon, roughly chopped
    • 4 bay leaves
    • 1 bulb garlic
    • 1 leek
    • 2 carrots
    • 2 parsley rootsRabbit Bolognese 03
    • 1 parsnip
    • 2 sticks celery
    • 2 medium onionsRabbit Bolognese 05
    • 500 g abalone (oyster) mushroomsRabbit Bolognese 07
    • 2 x 400 g tinned chopped tomatoes
    • 2 bunches green onions
    • 500 ml good lager beer
    • 2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
    • 1/2 lemon
    • 1 l passata
    • a few sprigs of fresh thyme
    • olive oil

    Preparation method:

    1. Preheat the oven to 110°C.  Rabbit Bolognese 16
    2. Dice the bacon into small cubes.Rabbit Bolognese 08
    3. Wash the carrots, parsley root, parsnip and celery sticks.
    4. In a large pot, cast iron if available, heat a bit of olive oil and fry the bacon cubes until golden.Rabbit Bolognese 09
    5. Add the whole rabbit, internal organs,Rabbit Bolognese 04 bay leaves, thyme sprigs, whole garlic bulb, leek, carrots, parsley roots, parsnip, celery, onions, mushrooms, tinned tomatoes, beer, tomato purée, the half lemon,Rabbit Bolognese 06 green onions and water to cover all ingredients.Rabbit Bolognese 10
    6. Season with the ground nutmeg, salt and freshly ground black pepper.
    7. Place the pot into the oven and let it cook for 12 hours. If having an electric oven -like me- you don’t need to put the lid on but for gas ones do put the lid.
    8. When cooked, take out the pot from the oven and it cool down a bit.Rabbit Bolognese 11
    9. Pick the meat pieces out of the pot, flake them and discard the bones. Rabbit Bolognese 12 Rabbit Bolognese 13
    10. Using your hand hands, squeeze the vegetables into a puree-like consistence.
    11. Pour any juices left behind into the new pan, then go back in and have another rummage to make sure you haven’t missed anything.
    12. Chop the mushrooms into small pieces.Rabbit Bolognese 14
    13. Sift the juice for any remaining bones, then return the meat flakes, mushrooms and the vegetable puree.
    14. Add the passata, season to taste with some extra salt, pepper and nutmeg. Bring to boil and let it cook until it reduces to the desired sauce thickness, about 1 hour.
    15. Serve with penne or similar shape Italian pasta,Rabbit Bolognese 15 grate some Parmigiano Reggiano (Parmesan) or Pecorino cheese atop.Rabbit Bolognese 18 And why not, a glass of Rose wine!
    16. Place the remaining bolognese sauce into plastic bags and freeze them, and reheat them whenever you need a quick and yummy food.

  3. Pappardelle with Porcini Mushrooms – Italian Recipe

    October 20, 2014 by Varga László

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    Ingredients (4 servings):

    • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
    • 1 medium onion
    • 4-5 garlic cloves
    • 500-600 g fresh porcini mushroomsPappardelle with Porcini Musrooms - Italian Recipe 02
    • 1/2 cup white winePappardelle with Porcini Musrooms - Italian Recipe 09
    • 250 g pappardelle pastaPappardelle with Porcini Musrooms - Italian Recipe 11
    • a handful of parsley leaves Pappardelle with Porcini Musrooms - Italian Recipe 13

     

    Preparation method:

    1. Wash carefully the porcini mushrooms under running water and dice them into 2-3 cm cubes.Pappardelle with Porcini Musrooms - Italian Recipe 04Pappardelle with Porcini Musrooms - Italian Recipe 03
    2. Chop finely the garlic.Pappardelle with Porcini Musrooms - Italian Recipe 05
    3. Chop finely the onions.
    4. In a large frying pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat.Pappardelle with Porcini Musrooms - Italian Recipe 06
    5. Add the onions and garlic and fry them until translucent and fragrant.
    6. Add the diced porcini mushroom, the wine, salt and freshly ground black pepper. Cook until the wine has evaporated.Pappardelle with Porcini Musrooms - Italian Recipe 07
    7. Fry stirring now and the for another 10 minutes.Pappardelle with Porcini Musrooms - Italian Recipe 12
    8. Meanwhile cook the pappardelle according to their instruction.Pappardelle with Porcini Musrooms - Italian Recipe 14
    9. Add the cooked pappardelle to the frying pan with mushrooms. Add the chopped parsley and double cream.Pappardelle with Porcini Musrooms - Italian Recipe 15
    10. Give them a gentle stir and fry them for another minute.Pappardelle with Porcini Musrooms - Italian Recipe 16
    11. Serve while hot with a glass of the remaining Italian wine.Pappardelle with Porcini Musrooms - Italian Recipe 18Pappardelle with Porcini Musrooms - Italian Recipe 20