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Old 07-06-2006, 07:15 PM   #1
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Hi all,

we aare moving to Milano, my husband goes on Monday, yep, short notice! I will follow later. Anyone got and Milanese recommendations? Looking for simple, mid week light suppers really.....till I get a kitchen and get cooking with great Italian stuff! By complete coincidence (this was not even a thought then) I made my first ever pasta last weekend.....by hand! It was pumpkin ravioli!

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Old 07-06-2006, 11:52 PM   #2
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wow... milan is a nice place, hmmmm... i've been there before, but just for vacation.. lulu you can try Spaghetti Starter...

Ingredients:
Fresh Spaghetti. (Quantity to suit number of diners.)
300 mls (1/2 pint) of fresh cream.
1/2 Cup finely chopped chives (Could use half quantity of dried chopped chives)
I Tablespoon of unsalted butter.
Salt
Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

Method:

Boil saucepan of water, when boiling add salt and a dash of oilive oil.
Place Spaghetti into boiling water and allow to boil until Al Dente. (Al dente is just done and not over done.)
Strain Spaghetti.
Using the same saucepan place butter in the bottom and allow to melt over a gentle heat.
Add Spaghetti.
Add Cream
Add chives and keep tossing the Spaghetti until it reheats.
Serve Spaghetti Starter immediately witha chilled glass of dry whit wine. - I like a Sauvignon Blanc.

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Old 07-07-2006, 04:36 AM   #3
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You must be soooo excited, Lulu!! And I hope you can join your hubby very soon. And you will enjoy all the Italian experience to the max!! I have never been to Milano personally, but ask RDG for advice, he is a proper Milanese!!
I hope you can visit Rome and many other wonderful places while you are there, too!!
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Old 07-21-2006, 05:47 AM   #4
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I think Milan would make a pretty name. Milana for a girl, Milano for a guy.

Oh, and congrats on your move of course. I wish I were you.
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Old 07-21-2006, 06:07 AM   #5
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Ciao Lulu...I lived in Italy for 10 years in the Valtellina which is a beautiful valley above Lago di Como. Was in Milano 2 months ago in transit for Paris and ate at Mickey Dee's :( so cant give you any recommendations from that trip!! There are many amazing places to eat in Milan and you sure will have fun discovering them. If you come across Bresaola, Pizzoccheri ( buckwheat noodles with fontina) or Polenta Taragna do give them a try! They are specialities of the Valtellina. Good luck, and if you would like the address of an online expat community in Italy, PM me and I will give it you, the people there would be of enormous help for everything from where to find the cheapest English ingredients to where to buy the best washing machine!
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Old 07-21-2006, 07:17 AM   #6
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Lucky you! i'm sure it will be a grand adventure. Be sure to keep us posted while you are there!
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Old 07-21-2006, 08:41 AM   #7
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If you come across Bresaola, Pizzoccheri ( buckwheat noodles with fontina) or Polenta Taragna do give them a try! They are specialities of the Valtellina.
Oh yes, Pizzoccheri, I love them!! I make them from scratch and here is my recipe...

Pizzoccheri

Ingredients:
200g/6,5oz of buckwheat flour
100g/3,5oz of regular flour + extra for dusting the board
water
pinch of salt
200g potatoes, peeled and diced
300g of spinach or cabbage, shredded. (also chopped broccoli or brussel sprouts are also delicious)
200g of mixed semi soft cheeses which melt well, fontina, taleggio, gouda, edam are great, finely diced or sliced
100g of grated parmigiano or grana padano
2-3 cloves of garlic, minced or crushed
100g butter
dash of white pepper

-knead vigorously together the flours with a pinch of salt, adding just enough water. (you need to play around the amount of water, adding little by little for a right consistency) Keep on kneading well for at least 15 minutes until it attains a smooth somewhat elastic texture (but not as elastic as the egg based pasta).
-roll out the dough on a flat surface well dusted with flour, stretch it out with a rolling pin to about 3mm thickness (a bit thicker than regular fresh pasta) then cut into short strips about 1cm x 5-7cm (1/3 inch x 2-3 inch).
-Bring plenty of water to boil in a big pot, cook the potatoes, veg and pasta for about 7 minutes, skimming out the white residue that may float on the surface as needed.
-at the same time in a small skillet, cook the garlic in butter, taking care not to burn it.
-drain the pasta/veg well, then quickly toss them in a big bowl with the garlic/butter mixture, cheeses and dash of pepper until cheeses are melted and well blended in.
-serve it piping hot.

One time I also mixed porcini mushrooms in it, that was soooo good... btw buckwheat flour is called in Italy "Farina di grano saraceno", you can find it in a large supermarket, or you can also take a short cut and use a ready made pizzoccheri pasta, it should be readily available in the north, this is a must try, I also love polenta!!
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Old 07-21-2006, 10:37 AM   #8
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I am just so jealous of you right now. Italy is one country that I dream of visiting in this lifetime.........probably won't happen but a girl can dream.
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Old 07-21-2006, 11:54 AM   #9
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I've only been to Milan once. We went to a small cafe-type place for lunch and had these AMAZING panninis and we ate there maybe 4 times. I also remember having some very mediocre chinese food there.

But mostly I remember the CRAZY driving and even CRAZIER parking!!

Buy insurance and have FUN!
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I also remember having some very mediocre chinese food there.
Why would you eat Chinese food when you're visiting Italy?
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