Roasted peppers and pinenuts bruschetta

Ingredients per 6 persons

Stale bread, 6 slices
Peppers, 3 of different colors
Pinenuts, 2 tbsp
Garlic, 1 clove
Basil, a few leaves
Olive oil
Salt

Procedure

Wash the peppers, remove the stems and the seeds and cut each of them into 4 halves.
Heat a griddle pan until it is very hot. Place the peppers over it until the skin blisters and the peppers soften. It will take 10 minutes. Season with salt.
Turn the peppers and roast them also on the other side.
Slice the bread, toast it and rub a garlic clove over it. Then cut the peppers into thin strips and toast the pinenuts.
Put them in a bowl with 4 tablespoons of olive oil and the basil leaves, then mix everything well together. Put the mixture over the bread, then drizzle with olive oil. Serve warm or cold.

Thanks to: My Little Italian Kitchen

Alida Zamparini – My Little Italian Kitchen

My name is Alida, I come from the North-East of Italy and I currently live in the UK. In my kitchen I love to re-create dishes my mum would do for me as a child. I started cooking as a teenager; my favourite hobby was baking during the long Italian school summer holidays. I first started baking simple cakes and only later moved onto cooking proper meals.
My blog is a collection of recipes with an Italian flair. I created it in order to save and share my recipes which are a mixture of my own ideas but I often get inspired by magazines, the web, books and newspapers. I often start a recipe and then I change it altogether as I go along. Cooking is an expression of who you are and your personality. You have to put your whole self into it: your passion, feelings and experiences all go into the food and you become part of the recipe.
I believe in ingredients which are locally sourced and in season whenever possible as this is the secret for the greatest tasting meals. There is also lots of pleasure when plates are wiped clean and every stomach is satisfied!

Web site

 

– See more at: http://www.iloveitalianfood.org/recipes/roasted-peppers-and-pinenuts-bruschetta/#sthash.I9ymCeO1.dpuf

17 Incredible Recipes for the Slow Cooker

After yesterday’s discussion about how to use a slow cooker and which models to buy, we couldn’t leave you without a few recipes to try! These are some (or rather, all) of our favorites plus a few new ones we can’t wait to try soon. What are your favorite dishes to make in the slow cooker?

Slow Cooked Vegetarian Recipes

1. Slow Cooked Artichokes
2. Curried Vegetable and Chickpea Stew
3. Overnight Oatmeal with Apricots and Buttermilk
4. Orange Soufflé 

Rich and Hearty Meat Recipes

5. Hoisin and Ginger Pork Wraps with Peanut Slaw
6. Pot au Feu
7. Bolognese Sauce
8. Malaysian Beef Curry
9. Lemon Garlic Chicken
10. Pork Roast – Two Ways
11. Rich and Meaty Lamb Ragu
12. Friday Night Brisket and Onions
13. Weekend Pot Roast
14. Ultimate Cheater’s Pulled Pork from the Splendid Table

Basic How-Tos for the Slow Cooker

15. How to Cook Beans in the Slow Cooker
16. How to Make Stock in the Slow Cooker
17. How to Make Fruit Butter in the Slow Cooker

Since we seem to be a little short on the vegetarian recipes, here are a few more from around the web!

• Spinach Lasagna from the Vegetarian Times
• Vegetable Vindaloo from the Vegetarian Times
• Vegetable Stew from Real Simple
• Greek Stuffed Peppers from Martha Stewart
• Sweet Potato Chili from A Year of Slow Cooking

Appetizer With Prosciutto Di Parma and Parmigiano Reggiano

Ingredients per 35 persons

Flaky pastry, 8,8 Oz
Prosciutto di Parma, 7 Oz
Flakes of Parmesan cheese, 5,2 Oz

Procedure

Roll out the dough and place the ham slices over the entire surface. Cover with flakes Parmesan cheese. Roll up the puff pastry from the long side and cut into slices half an inch high. Place the parchment paper on a baking pan and place the washers a bit spaced, they will grow during cooking. Bake in preheated oven at 200° C for 10-12 minutes. Arrange on a plate and eat warm.

– See more at: http://www.iloveitalianfood.org/recipes/appetizer-with-prosciutto-di-parma-and-parmigiano-reggiano/#sthash.iKTCTdDD.dpuf

Crudaiola Pasta

Ingredients per 4 persons

Pasta, 4 cups
cherry tomatoes, 10
fresh tomatoes, 10 oz
olive oil
salt
Bread, 2 slices
Olive, a few
Basil, a handful
Thyme, 1 stick
Garlic, 2 cloves

Procedure

Cut the tomatoes into pieces and the cherry tomatoes in half. Marinate them for half and hour with one clove of garlic cut in half, the basil, the olives, the thyme, a pinch of salt and 4 tbsp of olive oil.

Toast the bread, rub it with the remaining garlic and reduce it into small crumbs.

Cook the pasta al dente, drain and mix it with the tomatoes.

Serve with a little olive oil, breadcrumbs and decorate with thyme and basil leaves.

Recipe:

– See more at: http://www.iloveitalianfood.org/recipes/pasta-crudaiola/?lang=en#sthash.UddKblGt.dpuf

Pennette with peas and chiodini mushrooms

Ingredients per 4 persons

penne, 17 oz (other shape of medium pasta)
boiled peas, 8,8 oz
chiodini (honey) mushrooms, 8,8 oz
1 carrot
garlic, 1 clove
olive oil, 3 tbsp
salt
pepper

Procedure

Fry over low heat the garlic with the oil, add the boiled peas, the mushrooms, the diced carrot, salt and pepper and cook for a few minutes.
In a saucepan, boil water for the pasta, cook it, drain it and pour it into the pan of sauce.
Cook on a low-medium heat to season it more and serve.

Thanks to: Cooking With Julia

– See more at: http://www.iloveitalianfood.org/recipes/pennette-with-peas-and-chiodini-mushrooms/#sthash.RvahgNbd.dpuf

Festive roast duck with orange and berry sauce

Ingredients per 4 persons

Duck, 1 (about 4lb 6oz.)
Roasting potatoes, 2,2 lb
Rosemary, 2 sprigs
Sage, few leaves
Bay leaves, 3
Unwaxed oranges, 4
Fresh raspberries, 3,5 oz
Fresh cranberries, 7 oz
Brown sugar (or light muscovado), 1 cup
Olive oil
Salt
Pepper
Honey, 2 tbsp
Onion, 1
White wine, as needed

Procedure

Stuff the duck with the onion, rosemary, sage leaves, one orange, the peel of one orange and the bay leaves. Seal with two toothpicks and prick the skin with a fork around the legs. Rub with salt and pepper and olive oil all over the skin (if you prefer, you can use butter).
Place the duck on a rack over a roasting tray and put it in the hot oven at 392F for 30 minutes.
Peel the potatoes, put them in a saucepan covered with cold salted water, boil them for 8-10 minutes and drain.
Remove the duck from the oven, draining off the excess fat; remove the rack and pour a dash of white wine over the duck, then add the juice of half an orange, drizzle the honey and place some orange slices over the breasts.
Scatter the potatoes around the duck, then stir them into the fat and sprinkle them with salt.
Return to the oven lowering the temperature to 356F. Roast for 1 hour and 10 minutes, until the skin is crisp and golden brown. Drizzle, from time to time, with white wine and turn the potatoes so they will roast evenly.
Prepare the berry sauce by cooking the berries with the juice of 2 oranges and 1 cup of sugar. Leave a handful of raspberries aside. Then add the zest of one orange and cook for about 15 minutes and add the remaining raspberries during the last 2 minutes, so they will retain their shape and they will look good on the table.
Once cooked, remove from the oven and seal tightly with tin foil. Set aside to rest for 15 minutes before serving. Serve the duck with the berry sauce and the cooked vegetables.

Thanks to: My Little Italian Kitchen

Alida Zamparini – My Little Italian Kitchen

My name is Alida, I come from the North-East of Italy and I currently live in the UK. In my kitchen I love to re-create dishes my mum would do for me as a child. I started cooking as a teenager; my favourite hobby was baking during the long Italian school summer holidays. I first started baking simple cakes and only later moved onto cooking proper meals.
My blog is a collection of recipes with an Italian flair. I created it in order to save and share my recipes which are a mixture of my own ideas but I often get inspired by magazines, the web, books and newspapers. I often start a recipe and then I change it altogether as I go along. Cooking is an expression of who you are and your personality. You have to put your whole self into it: your passion, feelings and experiences all go into the food and you become part of the recipe.
I believe in ingredients which are locally sourced and in season whenever possible as this is the secret for the greatest tasting meals. There is also lots of pleasure when plates are wiped clean and every stomach is satisfied!

Web site

– See more at: http://www.iloveitalianfood.org/recipes/festive-roast-duck-with-orange-and-berry-sauce/#sthash.fAh5UWDM.dpuf

Spiced hot chocolate

Here, we take a step back in time and recreate some historical recipes for you to try at home

(© Sam Nott)

In every issue of BBC History Magazine, picture editor Sam Nott brings you a recipe from the past. In this article, Sam recreates spiced hot chocolate – a chocolate treat enjoyed by kings and queens.

Hot chocolate has always been one of my favourite drinks but I have often wondered when the drink was first consumed in Britain.

I was surprised to find out that chocolate itself arrived in England in the 1600s, with evidence of it being drunk at the court of Charles I – before it was deemed a sinful pleasure by Oliver Cromwell, and banned.

This recipe is based on the drink served at the English court during the 17th and 18th centuries and the spices make it smell – and taste – wonderful. It’s also very simple to make. The drink is very rich – you won’t need a big portion – but since chocolate was believed to have medicinal properties well into the mid-18th century, you can see it as a relatively guilt-free treat!

 

Ingredients

• the seeds from 2 cardamom pods, freshly ground

• 2 star anise pods

• pinch of chilli flakes

• 1tsp of ground cinnamon

• grated zest of ½ orange

• 75g dark chocolate (minimum 70 per cent cocoa solids, broken into small pieces)

• 400ml full fat milk

 

Method

Toast the cardamom seeds and star anise in a frying pan over a low heat for 1–2 minutes.

Stir in the chilli flakes, orange zest and cinnamon.Cook for another minute, until the orange zest starts to dry out.

Place the spices into a mortar and grind with a pestle until it turns into a fine powder.

Put the broken chocolate pieces, ground spices and milk into a pan and slowly bring to the boil, stirring all the time. Heat until the chocolate has melted and the liquid is hot.

 

Difficulty: 1/10

Time: 20 minutes

Verdict: The aroma of the melted chocolate and toasted spices was amazing and the drink tasted delicious.

 

Recipe taken from Chocolate Fit for a Queen by Historic Royal Palaces (Ebury Press, 2015)

This article was first published in the July 2015 issue of BBC History Magazine