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  1. ambra

    Dinner 2021

    I guess you can't really tell from the picture, but this is Gnocchi alla Sorrentina (basically gnocchi in tomato sauce with melty mozzarella on top). There is too much mozzarella because I had 200 grams so I guess you can't see the gnocchi through the cheese! 😜 We made some wonton soup, fried wontons and spring rolls as a rainy day project. This might not be a dish for everyone, but my family loves it. It's a pantry dinner for when you have not done the shopping called Acciugata. It is garlic, oil, hot pepper and melted anchovies basically made the same way you'd make pasta with garlic and oil. You need to take the pasta out early and finish cooking in the flavored oil adding pasta water as needed. And some Vignarola without the pork products.
  2. ambra

    Dinner 2021

    This looks so inviting! I'm going to try to make it this weekend!
  3. ambra

    Dinner 2021

    We made a Mediterranean feast during the first crack of sunlight. I marinated the chicken in yogurt and spices and served with very pilaf-y rice and the usual suspects on the side. The veg is on different skewers lest some of the younger diners felt they were being poisoned! 😂 One of my favorite pizzas,- with tomato and arugula. We tried out whole wheat flour for once and made a crisp and thin pizza. Wasn't bad at all! Some Escarole and Beans. Photographs terribly, but tasty!
  4. ambra

    Dinner 2021

    This looks amazing!! I need that in my life!
  5. Why not just lemonade? For the lemon juice I mean.
  6. ambra

    Dinner 2021

    @Duvel I finally made the Catalan chicken dish with meatballs and mixed mushrooms! Everyone here loved it and I will definitely make it again! It doesn't photograph well, I'm afraid. I did end up using chicken pieces as opposed to legs. With sautéed cime di rapa. This would be okonomiyaki that looks more like a frittata, made with cabbage and shrimp and before any sauces or anything else has been added as my son likes his plain. Finally, this is what my MIL would call "Tagliatelle Strapazzate". I think it's s dish she made up, but it's basically just a quick tomato sauce, with prosciutto cotto pieces and fresh chopped mozzarella, and a sprinkling of parmesan over tagliatelle. The mozz gets melty as you mix everything together. Finally, the kid wanted a "meat pie" (strictly no vegetables! 🤪) because he saw one on the internet. He did a perfectly fine job. It was tasty. I think it was an Australian recipe.
  7. Fridays are a great day because we get our vegetable delivery, shown in the basket to be washed and processed. The next pic speaks for itself and then there is the wheat bread and another with assorted seeds like flax. We cut in half, freeze, and eat throughout the week.
  8. ambra

    Dinner 2021

    Thank you so much for the kind words, @heidih, @Kim Shook, @scamhi, @chromedome, and @chefmd! Here were some pork chops with mushroom sauce. Some tiny arancini And finally, orata with a clam and tomato broth. The clams were salty, so I had to make it more brothy than saucy, but I would have preferred it saucy! 😀
  9. ambra

    Lunch 2021

    Couscous salad with leftover chicken, chick peas, avocado, dried red currants, red pepper and green onion in like an orange dressing.
  10. ambra

    Dinner 2021

    Hi everyone, I've been quiet as I got extremely ill for a long time and wasn't much cooking. (Nothing Covid related.) Things started to get a little better. Here are some recent mostly repeats. Because of my illness, I need to keep it pretty light and because I'm not feeling great, I like to keep the kitchen time to a minimum. I have a list as long as my arm of recipes I can't wait to make. Some whole roasted Orata the way I always make it, with potatoes, cherry tomatoes, olives and pine nuts. Whole roasted Branzino with capers, olives and parsley and sautéed cime di rapa. Then there were some puntarelle with the typical dressing of anchovies, garlic, oil etc. This is heaven on a plate. I had a whole head of the puntarelle and wanted to hide in the kitchen so I wouldn't have to share. 😈 Alas, the guilt sets in. Then there were carrots with orange, pistachio and pomegranate and a tahini dressing, from a random recipe a friend sent me because she thought I'd like it. it was delicious. Then a rice bowl with shrimp and other non-traditional ingredients like avocado and other stuff liked sautéed greens, raw carrots (cut too big) edamame, mixed sautéed mushrooms, green onion. And the fried egg (errr, overeasy anyway) that brings it all together. An appetizer plate of hummus, which might not look so appetizing since the food processor gave out before I was done. with roasted and marinated peppers, a lone cariofo alla romana (not the classic artichoke but still worth it) and roasted cauliflower with oil, vinegar, honey, pine nuts, raisins and capers. Lots of fish because my weekly CSA added fish that you can specially order. The only ones they have that are worth the price are Orata and Branzino. And a couple of months ago, we received 8 5-liter cans of new olive oil shipped to us, thank goodness, because we paid so much less than what we would have paid up in Northern Italy for oil half as good. In both cases, we personally know both the purveyors. The one from Siena is very peppery, with more bitter notes, (possibly due to more leaves) the one from Lucignano (30 minutes towards Arezzo from Siena) is milder, with citrusy notes and pepper on the finish. Someone might remember (or not) from years back that I have a slight olive oil obsession. The one from Siena is also filtered, while Luci was not. Boring in my convalescence. But have this extremely rigid diet to stick to until I figure out what's going on.
  11. ambra

    Breakfast 2021

    That is a gorgeous bread!
  12. Really have to agree. Especially with green sauce.
  13. ambra

    Hanukkah 2020

    What an interesting recipe! I will definitely try it. Could you also say what your favorite books are?
  14. ambra

    Turkey Leftovers

    Love that bowl!!
  15. ambra

    Dinner 2020

    Good morning everyone, I say this every time I post, because it's true: Your dinners all look incredible! This was my Thanksgiving dinner! I had braised/roasted turkey thighs, stuffing with sage and sausage, mashed potatoes with a very pale gravy (Still learning!), sweet potatoes roasted with garlic and rosemary, two very similar salads. One is fennel, arugula, green apple, orange and pomegranate, and the other is shaved Brussel sprouts, green apple, pomegranate and walnuts. We couldn't decide between the two so we made both! We always make lasagne, the kind with béchamel sauce. Not pictured was apple crisp with vanilla ice cream and caramel swirls. Maybe I'll get a pic of the leftovers. We drank Italian Pinot Noir.
  16. I agree!! Though we make lasagne as part of our tradition every year. It makes my son happy. ☺️☺️
  17. ambra

    Dinner 2020

    I just drank this, same vintage! I thoroughly enjoyed it, lovely on the nose, very easy to drink!
  18. With the pandemic completely out of hand in Milan, I had to do a lot of the shopping through my CSA delivery that came today. It's days early, but the stuff is usually so fresh, it lasts. Even though we're only going to be three, we decided to do a pretty sizeable (in terms of variety) spread anyway. No one could agree on what to leave out. We're going to make a few thighs (the ones I got are tiny), stuffing with sage, sausage and mushrooms, mashed potatoes, roasted sweet potatoes, salad with fennel, orange, arugula, apple, walnuts and pomegranate, lasagne and an apple crisp. I'm probably going to open a interesting Italian Pinot Noir. There will be many leftovers (which I will enjoy). Except for the wine. The wine won't get left over. 😋
  19. ambra

    Lunch 2020

    I love these kinds of lunches!!
  20. I completely agree on every count. If you know where to go, you can have amazing food.
  21. ambra

    Dinner 2020

    Very happy to finally hear someone else say this besides me!!! ❤️❤️ I don't like all those lists of "rules" that get published every few months. There are many that are not true.
  22. The Korean food in Los Angeles is amazing. I always eat like a queen in Los Angeles.
  23. I've had Chinese in Rome before and it was not good! Actually, I've also been to a very "fancy" Chinese restaurant there that was good. Italians love hot and sour soup and love soup with chicken and corn. But the wonton soup, another of my favorites, usually looks like dirty dish water and tastes like it too. But the Chinese offerings in Milan's Chinatown are often excellent, they just don't have any of my American favorites -- mu shu pork, shrimp and lobster sauce etc. But I always leave perfectly satisfied with the offerings. If we ever get out of lockdown (Milan is a MESS right now), I will go and post some pics. I haven't really found great dimsum here, though people say it exists. I have a short list of places to try. The best Shumai I get are frozen in a shop in Chinatown. Funny, but the majority of the "local" sushi places are owned and operated by Chinese people so there is often a parallel Chinese menu and it's very good. Prato, outside Florence, is also a good place for Chinese food, if you know where to go.
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