12/03/05 Piselli all'Uovo from OreganoFromItaly.com

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This week's Italian recipes:
  -Piselli all'Uovo
  -Bocconcini di Pollo con Pecorino Siciliano
  -Ragu' di Pesce

Here I have included some really important, classical Sicilian recipes that have been handed down to me by my relatives. Enjoy the complimentary news article report from "Only In Italy.com".

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 Recipe: Piselli all'Uovo

Piselli all'Uovo
Peas with Eggdrops


2 lbs. fresh peas
2 oz. pancetta
2 tbs. olive oil
4 tbs. white breadcrumbs
1 onion
2 tbs. grated Pecorino
3 eggs


Chop the pancetta and sauté with olive oil and the thinly sliced onion. When tender, but not brown, add the peas, one cup of water and cook for 30 mins. over medium heat.

In the meantime, mix the eggs, breadcrumbs and Pecorino. Pour this mixture over the peas just before removing from flame.

Toss gently to allow the eggs to tighten slightly and serve.

That's it!

 Recipe: Bocconcini di Pollo con Pecorino Siciliano

Bocconcini di Pollo con Pecorino Siciliano
Chicken Morsels with Sicilian Pecorino


1 lb. chicken breasts
1 tbsp. pine nuts
1 tbsp. chopped almonds
1 tbsp. raisins
4 oz. grated Pecorino Siciliano cheese
4 tbsp. butter
1/2 cup white wine
3 oranges
Fresh dill chopped
Salt and pepper


Cut the chicken breasts into bite size pieces. Lightly flour and then brown in a pan with the butter. Then add the pine nuts, the raisins and the juice of 2 oranges.

Add salt and pepper to taste.

Add the wine.

When the morsels are almost done add the third orange sliced and the grated Pecorino Siciliano cheese.

Toss and remove from the flame. Sprinkle with the almonds and minced dill.

Serve hot. Serves 4.

That's it!

 Recipe: Ragu' di Pesce

Ragu' di Pesce
Fish Ragu'

The most suitable fish for this ragù is octopus, squid, cuttlefish, prawns, clams and any fish with a firm flesh.


2/3 lb. ripe tomatoes
1 lb. fish
1 small carrot
1 small celery stalk
1 clove garlic
1 oz. parsley
2 cup olive oil
2 oz. dried mushrooms
1/2 glass dry white wine


Peel the tomatoes, remove seeds and chop in small pieces.

Clean the fish carefully and cut in strips or small pieces.

Prepare a battuto with onion, carrot, celery, garlic and parsley.

Heat the oil in a saucepan, add the battuto and mushrooms. Let brown over a medium heat, until the vegetables begin to get tender.

Add the wine. When the wine has evaporated, add the tomatoes, the rest of the ingredients and let cook over a very low heat for about 40 mins.

Add the fish and cook till done (time varies according to fish used). Stir occasionally, adding spoonfuls of water if the sauce becomes too dry.

This sauce is best used with medium spaghetti or linguine.

That's it!

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 Only In Italy!

"Only In Italy" is a daily news column that translates and reports on funny but true news items from legitimate Italian news resources in Italy. Each story is slapped with our wild, often ironic, and sometimes rather opinionated comments. And now, for your reading pleasure, a sample of today's edition:

Italy Party Hails Bossi's Return.

BBC News - June 6 - Italy's right-wing Northern League has hailed its fiery leader Umberto Bossi as he made his first public address since suffering a heart attack in 2004.

Mr. Bossi was greeted ecstatically by thousands of the party faithful as he spoke in the northern town of Pontida.

The 62-year-old - who suffered partial brain damage - looked weak and had to stop several times during his speech.

At the party rally, the Northern League also renewed its call to ditch the euro and return to the lira.

The party launched it campaign earlier in June, arguing that the EU's single currency has led to price increases and hit small Italian businesses.

Bossi's delight

Mr. Bossi looked a shadow of his former self as he addressed the cheering crowd of the largely eurosceptic Northern League.

He expressed his delight over recent blows suffered by the EU, in an apparent reference to the rejection of the bloc's first constitution by the French and Dutch voters and also the deepening budget row.

"I knew Europe would fail," Mr Bossi said to loud cheers.

Mr Bossi - whose party in part of the governing coalition led by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi - also renewed his call for the creation of a free Northern Italy, known as Padania.

"No-one will stop us. Free Padania, Padania for ever, then you Pontida," he said.

'Lira plan'

Other Northern League leaders used the meeting to press for Italy's withdrawal from the 12-nation eurozone.

"The euro has made us all poorer," said senior party official Roberto Calderoli.

Party members were also asked to vote on one of three options: the return of the lira as the single national currency; the introduction of a national currency pegged to the dollar; or the parallel use of two currencies - the lira and the euro.

Story from BBC NEWS: http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/2/hi/europe/4109592.stm

"Incredibile!" He figured out that the Euro would fail and so would Europe while he was semi-conscious from his hospital bed.

You know what’s more credible than Umberto Bossi? Elvis sightings.

In 2004, this once healthy minister suffered a massive heart attack approximately one week AFTER he stated that:

He would send the pontiff three dictionaries of northern Italian dialects so he could speak something other than Polish and Roman.

Priests should "go barefoot again" and referred to "thieving monsignors and cardinals".

If you're ever in Venice, you should stop by his circus and listen to his ramblings. He always has this big green bandanna or tacky green tie on. With all that green on, he looks like a mentally unstable Italian leprechaun!

You know what that big green tie says to us? It says, "If you're Sicilian, then run!"

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