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Secret recipes in Melbourne, 21 July

image008You are invited to the launch of Margot Leopardi’s My Mother in Law’s Secret Recipes / Le ricette segrete di mia suocera on Tuesday 21 July, 6.30pm at the Museo Italiano, 189 Faraday Street, Carlton, presented by Ivano Ercole (free event but RSVP essential here). Chefs Margot and her husband Leopardo Leopardi have lived, cooked and taught in Italy, Germany and Australia and will share family recipes and stories from Margot’s book, now available in English and Italian versions. Enjoy Leo’s expressly prepared stuzzichini and a glass of wine, too.

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Il Paroliere: Italian Word of the Week-27

438px-cydonia_oblonga_-_kc3b6hlere28093s_medizinal-pflanzen-049This week we are serving a cotognata – a romantic favourite ever since those famous lines from Plutarch’s first smash hit, ‘Quince and marriage/Go together like a horse and carriage’. Many inferior cover versions followed. You’d like to try your hand at using quince in your dinner? Bartolomeo Scappi’s recipe, reproduced here with thanks to pulcinellapasta, is a classic: ‘“To prepare a jelly of finely chopped chicken with quince juice,” one needed to boil 4 capons, plucked and drawn, and 20 goat kid’s feet, cleaned and skinned. When reduced by two-thirds, skim off the fat and strain. Return the broth to the pot and add 2 pounds of sugar, half an ounce of cinnamon, 8 ounces of quince juice, 4 ounces of vinegar and 6 of white wine, plus a bit of salt and some chopped apple. Cook the concoction a bit more then pour through a filter and allow to cool.’ (The opera of Bartolomeo Scappi (1570): L’arte et prudenza d’un maestro cuoco, trans. Terence Scully. Toronto, 2008, p. 609). You don’t feel quite up to that? Then here’s Francesco Goglia to talk about the word ….

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