Earthquakes & more.

About 10 days ago a strong earthquake stroke my country, epicentre was just few miles from our home.
We didn't have damages or got hurt but so many around us did.
I was very worried about it because we had many other jolts even if not of that magnitudo and I was also very busy because my grandma is spending her few days on earth and it's so sad even if it's just something that have to happen.
Today, early in the morning, another big one stroke and while I'm writting two more jolts made me and my husband jump and decide to get ready to grab Lorenzo and exit the house.
We sleep with shoes in front of the door and a bag packed with some things, you can imagine I have no time and no will to post recipes, I really hope all this will stop asap!


Zucchini bites.

Lovely idea found somewhere on Pinterest: I've tried them, they're simply and delicious.
I prefer them room temperature rather than hot or warm, not tried cold.
I used a mini muffins pan (so hard to find it in Italy...Two friends of mine ordered it and gave to me as Christmas present and I still say thank you!), I don't think they would turn out well in a regoular muffin pan: too big, there's the risk they remain soggy inside.
This week end in my city there's a big flower fair: if you like flowers and gardens give a look to my facebook page, I've posted a lot of pics!

For 12 mini muffins:

1 medium zucchini grated

1/2 onion grated or finely diced

salt & pepper

1/2 smashed garlic clove

1/4 cup grated Parmesan or Pecorino cheese

1/4 cup bread crumbs

1 egg

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl, if it's seem too liquid add a little more bread crumbs, put the mixture with a spoon into the muffin holes (grease them if you don't have a non sticky pan).
Bake for 20-25 minutes at 400 F°, serve room temperature.


Ricotta braids.

Time for a new recipe today!
A great treat for your mornings, lovely to see delicious to eat!
They're also light, no eggs, no butter!

2 cups all purpose flour

1 cup 1/2 sugar

1 cup 3/4 fresh ricotta cheese

baking powder

grated zeist from 1 organic lemon

1 pinch salt

milk and sugar to decorate

Knead all the ingredients till you have a smooth loaf, divide it in bites about 2 oz. each, roll to have a cilinder then fold in two and twist the two parts.
Put the braids on a baking pan then brush with some milk and sprinkle with granulated sugar.
Bake about 20-25 minutes at 340 F°.
Once cooled you can freeze the braids; when you need one just pick it up from freezer, wait 3-4 minutes then heat for a while in the oven.
They will be as good as just baked.


Apple & curry dip sauce.

This idea came from my friend Elisa, she said she cook curry chicken with apples, I had some and I've tried.
It turned out a nice dip sauce in which I dip chicken bites and vegetables, I like it very much and it's really simple.

2 sweet apples like renetta

1 onion

curry powder

1 tablespoon butter or extravirgin olive oil

a pinch of salt

Cut the onion in slices and put in a pan with butter (or oil), sautee until golden then add apples in thin slices, let cook until apples are creamy then add curry and salt as much as you like.
To have a smooth consistence blend the sauce and serve room temperature with chicken or vegetables you like.


Ricotta cheese rolls.

Nice recipe for a light afternoon break, for a children party or even for a simple treat for the whole family without regrets.

2+1/3 cups all purpose flour

7 spoons skimmed milk

7 spoons seeds oil

3 spoons sugar

2 cups fresh ricotta cheese

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/8 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon vanilla flavour

1 egg white

1/2 cup hazelnuts toasted and minced

1/2 dark chocolate drops

Mix ricotta cheese with milk, add sugar, salt, oil then the flour sifted with baking powder.
Knead untill you have a smooth loaf and let it rest into the fridge for about 1 hour.
Divide the dough in 2 parts, same size and with a rollpin spread them in a rectangular shape, spread the dough sheets with egg white, lightly whisked, then sprinkle with hazelnuts and chocolate drops.
Roll the two parts and cut each into slices about 1/2 inch tall.
Put them on a baking pan and bake for about 20-25 minutes at 356 F°.
When cold sprikle with icing sugar.

You can choose many other filling: cinnamon and apples, almonds and chocolate...Just chop them in tiny pieces!