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from appetizer to dessert with taste and imagination – Italian Cuisine

from appetizer to dessert with taste and imagination

Rich in properties, oranges do a lot of good for our body. And their sour and sweet taste makes them the ideal ingredient for many recipes, both savory and sweet

The oranges – rich in vitamin C – they are a precious fruit for the health. Not only: their flavor makes them perfect also as an ingredient for many sweet and savory recipes. A citrus truly unique that can flavor dishes, make them less heavy, lighten too strong flavors and embellish others that need to be reinforced. They cost little and make a lot: the oranges are the product ideal for those who love to combine in the kitchen creativity and genuineness.

Fennel and orange salad

THE'fennel and orange salad it is an excellent idea for a tasty and healthy appetizer. Rich in C vitamin and mineral salts, is ideal for those who want to start the lunch in lightness and prepare the palate for others food. Remember to season your salad with salt, oregano and olive oil of high quality and to peel the oranges for good, trying as much as possible to eliminate the cuticles that would make the salad too bitter. You can add apples or endive.

Orange and avocado salad

In this case the taste of oranges will go with the creaminess of the avocado for an original appetizer. Remember also to season the ingredients with olive oil and salt. You can decide to make a sauce guacamole or cut theavocado in small pieces, the important thing is that it is ripe. Serve your cold salad by removing it from the fridge 5 minutes before eating it.

Cous cous with oranges and peppers

The couscous with oranges and peppers is a typical dish of the Sicilian cuisine. An intense combination of taste and excellent flavor for a traditional Arab dish revisited in an island key.


400 g of precooked couscous
vegetable broth
2 lemons and 4 oranges
1 wild or leek spring onion
3 yellow peppers and 3 red peppers
chili powder


Cook the peppers in the oven and cover them with newspaper. Let them rest for about 15 minutes and then clean them by removing the peel and the seeds, then cut them into very small pieces.

Squeeze 2 oranges and 2 lemons and cook the couscous in the broth. When it is ready, pour the juice you have prepared on the couscous, add the olive oil, i pepperoni, the wild onion or the very thin chopped leek and a few mint leaves. Cut the two oranges left in small pieces and add them to the cous cous and let it cool in the fridge for at least 30 minutes before serving.

Duck in orange sauce

It is one of the great classics of the Italian cuisine. A rich and very tasty dish in which oranges have great merit degrease and make duck meat lighter and tastier. Try the recipe below and also the version of duck breast with oranges and hazelnuts.


1 clean duck ready to be cooked
4 fresh oranges and thick peel
150 g of butter
salt and pepper
Grand Marnier


Place the duck in a pan from oven flavoring the inside with salt, a little butter and rosemary. Cover the pan with a lid and cook for about 90 minutes at 150 degrees. Cut the orange peel and blanch for 5 minutes, drain, add the Grand Marnier and leave them to marinate for an hour.

After checking that the meat of the duck has turned pink, remove the duck from the pan and, keeping the cooking liquid, keep it warm.

Cut the oranges into very small pieces and set them aside, you will use them for the final decoration of the dish. At this point add to the cooking liquid marinating oranges and Grand Marnier and cook over high heat for about ten minutes. Season your duck with this precious sauce and, with the oranges that you had previously cut, garnish the dish before serving.

Orange and chocolate brioche

Orange brioche e chocolate it is a dessert that is easy to prepare and perfect for breakfast and for a snack.


brewer's yeast
600 g of flour (00 and manitoba)
300 g of whole milk
150 g of butter
150 g of sugar
orange blossom honey
1 whole egg and 1 yolk
the rind of a grated orange

For the filling
500 g of orange jam
400 g of chocolate
flaked almonds


Dissolve the yeast in lukewarm milk sugar and honey (optional). In a large bowl, mix the mixture with flour, eggs and butter. When the mixture is homogeneous and without lumps place it in a buttered baking dish and cover it with a damp cloth, let it rest for at least 6/7 hours. Roll out the dough and fill it with jam, melted chocolate (white or black, the one you like best) and almonds. Wrap it in a roll shape and place it in a shape from plum cake ready to be fired. Let it rest – covered with plastic wrap – for about half an hour before placing it in the oven and then cook it for 45 minutes at 160 degrees.

Orange smoothie

The shake of fresh oranges is a very good drink for all seasons. Refreshing, nourishing and thirst quenching it is the perfect drink for every moment and is a great way to make people eat fruit – and vitamin C – even for the little ones. You can embellish your smoothie with blackberries or red fruits, to make the taste sweeter and even more precious thanks to the mineral salts of red fruits. The advice is to chop, together with the oranges, some ice cubes so as to make the cold smoothie at the right point to be immediately tasted!

Breading? Yes, but with imagination! The alternatives to breadcrumbs – Italian Cuisine


From cornflakes to dried fruit, breading can also be made with ingredients other than breadcrumbs or flavored in an original way. Here are some creative ideas

The usual bistecchina breaded, with the usual egg beaten and the usual bread crumbs. You are tired of bringing it to the table dish whenever? Do not worry, you are in the right place to find out different breadcrumbs and tasty to try with various ingredients. Here are ours 8 favorite sandwiches.

Bread with cornflakes

For breasts and chicken thighs really irrestibili: the breading with i corn flakes, the cereal flakes, makes the meat crisp and tasty. You will have to crumble and season with salt and extra virgin olive oil. If your children like it, you can also add a sprinkling of sweet paprika.

Mediterranean breading

Typical Mediterranean flavors turn any dish into a real success. Olives, capers, dried tomatoes, garlic and parsley, all minced, season the breadcrumbs and give a touch of flavor and a truly delicious aroma. If you want to experiment with breading to Palermo add also del cheese grated.

Sesame seeds for breading

The fresh fish goes well with sesame seeds, in particular you can try the slices of fresh tuna, passed directly into the seeds and then placed on the hot plate. Remember that tuna should not cook for long, indeed, it is advisable to leave it pink in the middle so that it is more tender.

A touch of freshness with lemon

Always for fish dishes, try the freshness of citrus. Simply grate the lemon and orange peel to give off a special aroma that will give fried or baked fish fillets a touch of refinement and taste.

Aromatic herbs for the perfect breading

With meat, from veal to pork, they are very good herbs. Do you have it on your balcony? Chop rosemary and sage, for example, and add them to the breadcrumbs. If you like, season the baked potatoes in the same way that you will bring to your table. The result will be really greedy!


Bread crisps for children

Kids are crazy for them chips! Crumble them and use them to bread their slices of meat or fish. They will appreciate very much.

Dried fruit as breadcrumbs

Toasted or not, dried fruit has a very intense flavor that can match well with the most delicate meat. Choose the ingredients you prefer, like walnuts, cashews, hazelnuts, almonds, and chop before using them as breading. They will give a very special taste to the dish.

Polenta flour for celiacs

If you have a gluten intolerance, polenta flour is the right ingredient for a crispy and safe breading. It goes well with everything, even for example at vegetables, cut into julienne and fried. Delicious!

The Great British Bake Off 2013: Meet the contestants

Have you heard the good news? The Bake Off is back! You can expect the usual friendly faces of presenters Mel and Sue and the experts Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood. Before it starts, we have rounded up all you need to know about this years hopefuls, which include a dentist, a student and a carpenter.

Along with the usual pressures of the Bake Off, this time round there is an extra contestant, which means everyone will be relying even more on the mercy of

Paul and Mary, as at any point they could choose not just one, but two bakers to leave the competition.

We can expect the classic test which showcase talent, imagination and personality in the signature challenges which will show contestants making home baking classics like a simple sandwich cake. But will they stick to safe? Or try something a little bit different to try and stand out? We cannot wait to find out!

Over the years we have put together quite the collection of recipes from both

Paul and Mary for you, so why not try out some of their gorgeous cakes and bakes to celebrate a new Great British Bake Off?Read more about the new series of The Great British Bake Off

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