The last class before summer break
Antipasto: Insalata di Carote e Arance (Carrot & Orange Salad)
I was looking for a good recipe that I can enjoy having a lot of carrot, which is not my favorite. This is so delicious that I could eat everyday. Sweet and sour orange helps to ease carrot flavor.
Antipasto: Insalata di Ceci (Chickpea Salad)
I tried Primosale (Ricotta Salata). It’s solid and sality. The salad is seasoned with dried tomato, basil, lemon, salt and pepper. Very refreshing. Great with white wine.
Primo Piatto: Tiella (Oven baked mussels, rice, tomato and potato)
This dish from Puglia Region reminds me of Doria, very popular in Japan. It’s hard to tell what is inside from this picture. So I add a video to Instagram. It’s so delicious and enjoyable as main dish.
Dolce: Meringata alle Fragole (Meringue with Strawberries & Cream)
Fancy dessert that all girls would love. Demonstration on Instagram
Primo Piatto: Pasta con la Mollica
Sicilian version of seasoned bread crumb spaghetti. Brown processed crumbs with tomato paste and anchovy. Italian wisdom not to waste old bread and to make something nice. Surprisingly tasty.
Today, a heavy rain storm hit LA. Last night I was thinking to cancel the class because I didn’t want to take a risk on driving 20 mile in the rain. I am glad I didn’t cancel it. The course was very homey hearty and perfect for the cold rainy day.
Antipasto: Involtino di Peperone
Potato Salad Wrapped Roasted Bell Pepper
My first thought was “Oh no, potato is carbs!” Then, “I knew that Italian food would be a full of carbs. So why don’t I just enjoy whatever!” This is one of the prettiest dishes in the class. Tastes amazing. More amazing that a tiny potato makes four of these. Only 10-15 grams potato per person!
Primo Piatto: Paniscia
Novarese Style Risotto
Another “Oh no.” But it tastes much better than it looks. Pint beans, savoy cabbage, Italian sweet sausage, beef stock and red wine all come together. I want this when I am sick. It’s like okayu in Japan and chicken soup in US. The instructor says this typical home dish is usually not available at restaurants even in Italy.
Chocolate Pudding from Piedmont
Of course, this is a big “NO NO” on my diet. About 15 grams sugar in chocolate pudding and caramel. Also, about 9 grams of carbs in Amaretti Cookies. Ok, maybe it’s not that bad. Yes, it is very delicious 🙂
These Antipasti are good with sparkling wine. I was thinking to bring a bottle but didn’t because my throat is not healed completely and so many party coming up.
Pasta al Cartoccio ai Frutti di Mare
This Baked Seafood Spaghetti is so gorgeous with shrimp, squid, cod, clams and mussels. FYI, Italian people traditionally eats seafood for Christmas not chicken or turkey.