Monday, May 28, 2012
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Sunday, May 20, 2012
The simplest of this home-style recipe beats greens and eggs into hot broth with a smattering of semolina and Parmesan stirred in to finish. I've elaborated on the basics for a soup that sticks like stew with extras such as sun-dried tomatoes and ditalini, a small but shapely pasta. The stock, infused with porcini mushrooms, olive oil, garlic, and herbs gives it a satisfyingly complex flavor that makes even a modest bowlful feel like a meal. And it can be ready in just about the same time as waiting for the guy with the bicycle to come to deliver your pint of the usual.
Stracciatella - Italian Egg Drop Soup (My own recipe)
Serves 4 generously.
6 cups water
4 dried porcini mushrooms
1 tablespoon salt
2 cups chopped fresh or frozen spinach (if using frozen, squeeze out water after it thaws)
2 large eggs, beaten well
2 large garlic cloves, peeled and minced
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 tablespoon dried oregano
1/2 tablespoon dried basil
2 cups al dente cooked ditalini (or other small pasta)
1/2 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes
1/2 cup grated Parmesan
4 large sun-dried tomatoes (either plain or oil packed)
Bring water to boil in large saucepan. Add porcini mushrooms and salt. Remove from heat. Let mushrooms color and flavor water to a broth (about 15 minutes). Remove mushrooms and discard (they will be tough, despite soaking). Stir spinach into broth. Reheat broth to barely a simmer over low heat. Quickly whisk in beaten eggs. Remove from heat.
In a small skillet, fry garlic in olive oil over low heat until golden. Stir in dried oregano and basil to coat with oil. Stir garlic-herb paste into soup. Stir in cooked ditalini.
Ladle soup into individual bowls. Divide and scatter dried red pepper flakes and Parmesan onto each serving. Garnish with a sun-dried tomato. Serve immediately. Leftover soup should be gently reheated to prevent eggs from turning tough and green. ~
This recipe is for Lisa of Lisa's Vegetarian Kitchen, hosting No Croutons Required, the monthly soup and salad event, which she created with Jacqueline of Tinned Tomatoes. May's theme is Eggs.
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
For Simona of Briciole, hosting Black and White Wednesday - A Culinary Gallery - Week #32, which will be published tomorrow, Wednesday, May 16. Do stop by Simona's presentation of talented images contributed by photographers who appreciate the undiscovered beauty and textures of monochrome for a genre traditionally saturated with color.
Saraswathi of Sara's Corner is now welcoming your images in preparation for her BWW guest hosting of Week #33. Here are the new guidelines for participation, including the host line-up for the next several weeks.
Thank you always for making BWW a simple yet stunning success. ~~
Monday, May 7, 2012
For the recent revisions to participate in this event, please consult this post. Thank you for your patience as I transition BWW into a weekly gallery that eases my workload as well as opens the event to those who are keen to graciously guest host.
Saturday, May 5, 2012
Welcome to MLLA #46. After so very many months, it still gives me great pleasure to present a diverse palette of legume-based dishes to tickle your palate. Thank you all for your talented contributions. I would be proud and well fed to feast at any of your tables. In the interest of time, I have simply featured a photograph, title, and contributor details rather than my traditional opening lines. Although I have not abandoned the practice, I am sure you will agree that these fine recipes truly need no introductions.
Priya of Mharo Rajasthan's Recipes is currently guest hosting MLLA #47. I have something in mind to prepare for her. I hope you do, too.
And congratulations to Madhu of The Melting Pot. Madhu has won the April random drawing and will, as a U.S. resident, enjoy both cookbook and product prizes. I will be contacting Madhu shortly to make arrangements for delivery of her winnings. ~
Tigerfish - Teczape - An Escape to Food
Claire - Chez Cayenne
(Ribollita-Inspired Vegetable Soup)
Simona - Briciole
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
My contribution to Black and White Wednesday - A Culinary Gallery - Week #30, guest hosted by dear, sweet Brii of Brigg is Home. Brii will have the gallery online tomorrow. Do stop by and have a look at all the talented takes on food-related photography in monotone. A peek beneath the color is often a revelation. ~