Always a good time for pasta and meatballs

Dear readers and fellow bloggers:

Good morning. Yesterday we prepared a classic Italian dish that, in spite of its commonality and wide diffusion, remains one of the most appetizing dishes for the family table: pasta with meatballs. We prepared a tomato sauce with pistacchios, walnuts and plenty of oregano, basil and pepper; in the end, we added some of the leftover Salsa Bechamela from the fabulous Cavalieri Templari dish.

Like True Love, you never tire of enjoying its fulfilling and exciting company in your surroundings.

We served a good portion for you. Would you care us to join us for a little bacchanal plus chatting?

Buon appetito!

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What do you think? Please tell us.

Don’t leave me alone.

 

Buona domenica con una gnocchiatta ed tono alla Cavalieri Templari

Dear readers and fellow bloggers:

Good evening and Happy Sunday to you all. Today we decided to prepare a saucy pasta with two superb Yellowfin Tuna steaks that we purchased yesterday in our magnificent Whole Foods store.

When we spotted that offer in the Fresh Fish section, we decided to pair it with a Bechamel sauce with plenty of walnuts, pistacchios and dates. Why? Because, in honor of the great variety and sophistication at reasonable prices of that store, we wanted to give it a signature Byzantine flair. 

Looking at that pair of tuna fillets riding together, an image of the Knights Templars burst forth.

Note. This image was taken from Wikimedia Commons. By JoJan – Own work – own photo, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=10992800

It is not in the official History books but it t was popular knowledge at the time that when these defenders of the Christian faith roamed in the Holy Land, oftentimes two chevaliers sat together, one behind the other one, so the one in the back could use the bow and arrows, something the Huns invented a few centuries before. Why has it been camouflaged? Surely because the Roman Curia and the Pope frowned on that skill learned from the barbarians that almost conquered Europe.

This is how the tuna steaks turned out to look like , after 10 minutes of grilling in our air fryer.

Now it is time to prepare the Salsa Bechamela with all the added ingredients: nutmeg, pistacchios, walnuts, dates and some parmesan cheese to solidify the flavor with a pinch of saltiness. 

Now we prepare the gnocchi separately and, once they had boiled we gently dump them in La Bestia, together with the Yellowfin Tuna steaks and the Bechamela sauce. Voilà!

Buon appetito!

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Buona domenica con una bravissima Raviolatta ed Polpete di Manzo

Dear readers and fellow bloggers:

Good evening and Happy Sunday to you all. To replenish our depleted energy storage after so many weeks of hard work to finish publishing our book Emotional Frustration – the Hushed Plague, we decided to prepare a hearty pasta dish. What better choice than spinach ravioli and meatballs? First we prepared a typical Dotta Sauce and then we added the previously grilled meatballs. Here it is:

Then we cooked the ravioli separately and added all together in our fearless, indomitable La Bestia.

How did it come out? We are serving you a plate. Join us for a delicious dinner and chatting galore.

Buon appetito!

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What do you think? Please tell us.

Don’t leave me alone.

 

 

Thank you Juanchi’s Burgers

Dear readers and fellow bloggers:

Good morning. Finally we got a respectacle burger joint in our neighborhood, akin to the best places of Brickell and Wynwood. This area of Miami is being populated by younger, more educated folks that aspire for something much better when they crave for an old-fashioned American classic. And it is happening before our eyes. Juanchi’s Burgers, a burger chain originally form Spain, has landed in the shores of this Banana Republic of South Florida, to regal us with their European touch.

Their location in Coral way and 12th Avenue sits on a dear spot in the Uruguayan part of our heart. For years it used to be the location of Zuperpollo, a fun resto owned by our friend Jorge Sánchez. After the owner had passed away, it had been closed for many years until this new venture came. We spent many great nights in that impromptu and exciting place, which had Jorge’s singing tangos and ballads, joined by the public in a karaoke-style. One of my hot Cuban dates (before I became a Monk of Medicine ) told me that it reminded her a lot of La Bodeguita del Medio in Havana, Cuba.

The cooking area is impeccably clean, with the attention to every detail worthy of a surgical suite.

This is how the orders are presented at the table, with wooden (not plastic) boxes and canteen paper (like the tavola caldas of Italy)

Finally watch the pièce de résistance: the incredibly beautiful Ms. Audrey, its Venezuelan hostess. She took care of our order (and silly jokes) with sweet patience and even took some of these pictures. You will certainly feel right at home in this remarkable place; so next time you’re in Miami, visit them.

We beg God Almighty for one more burger served by this knockout and then depart from this world.

Ver a Audrey y después morir!

(To see Audrey and then die)

Juanchis’ Burger

1247 Coral Way

Miami, Florida 33145

Tel: (786)360-2457

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Auguri con la pastaciutta ed una cattiva salsa di Polpete di Manzo

Dear readers and fellow bloggers:

Good morning. Yesterday we prepared a hearty pasta dish of tagliarini multicolori (red , white and green, the color of the Italian flag) to celebrate the joy of being alive, happy and healthy. Enough? Our son Gian Luca loves the tomato sauce with meat, especially if it also has succulent meatballs.

The freshly made sauce has San Marzano tomatoes, onions, red peppers, walnuts and ground beef. We cooked the meatballs separately in our Nuwave air frier and then we mixed it all in La Bestia.

La cena è servita!

Buon appetito!

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Getting a heads-up on Oktoberfest

Dear readers and fellow bloggers:

Good afternoon. One of our favorite food festivals has always been Oktoberfest, which is not only celebrated in Germany but all over the world where eating pork and drinking beer is not forbidden. Today we prepared some pork loin chops Teriyaki-style (sautée at the end with olive oil and honey)

We also fixed some roasted curly potatoes and a luxurious green salad with mozzarella and walnuts.

In order to complete the bacchanal diner, we added a generous portion of sauerkraut to the chops.

We confess that we did not chose a German beer, opting instead for the Japanese Black Sapporo.

Hey, nobody’s perfect.

Prosit!

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Gnocchiatta Italia Campione Euro Cup 2021

Dear readers and fellow bloggers:

Good morning. Yesterday we had the unexpected happiness of seeing the Italian Football team conquer the 2021 Edition of the Euro Cup in the mythical Wembley Stadium in London, England. Even though England started as the candidate for the cup, the Italian team ,under the guidance of Mancini, showed that it was a competitive and enthusiastic squad, erasing years of frustrations. With our son Gian Luca, we enjoyed the victory of Argentina in the Copa América on Saturday and the victory of Italia in the 2021 Euro Cup last night. A raddoppio for proud Italian-Americans like us.

In order to properly celebrate we prepared a Gnocciatta with a sauce of San Marzano tomatoes, ground beef and walnuts, which was topped by a ball of burrata cheese to melt at the last moment.

Once the sauce was ready, Gian Luca cut the burrata cheese ball so the cream would burst out.

Once the burrata cheese melts, it is time to mix all the ingredients with a slow burning fire.

This is how the dish should look like. Do not overcook the pasta. Turn the heat off and let it stand.

This serving was especially dedicated to our distinguished readers. Please join us in the celebration.

Buon appetito!

Complimenti a la squadra Azzurra per vincere il campionato d’Europa 2021. Forza Italia !!! 

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Sandwich Argentina Campeón de la Copa América 2021

Querido(a)s lectore(a)s y colegas blogero(a)s:

Buenos días y Feliz Domingo. Anoche el seleccionado de fútbol de Argentina conquistó la Copa América merecidamente en el mítico Estadio Maracaná de Rio de Janeiro. Nuestro hijo Gian Luca ha sido siempre hincha de la Albiceleste ya que nos mudamos a vivir en Buenos Aires cuando tenía solo un añito. Junto a su hermana fueron a la escuela primaria en Pilar, Provincia de Buenos Aires. Aquí esta la camiseta que usó anoche para hinchar por el equipo. Le ganaron a Brasil un gol a cero.

Para seguir festejando en forma, le preparamos un desayuno especial. Le hicimos un sandwich de jamón, quesos suizo y mozzarella, gratinado en el hornito. Que les parece como nos quedó che?

Hizimos un rollito y lo servimos en un plato. Digo yo, le habremos puesto suficiente jamón y queso?

Vamos, vamos Argentina, vamos , vamos a ganar,

Que esta barra kilombera no te deja, no te deja de alentar

Felicitaciones al Seleccionado de Argentina por el triunfo en la Copa América 2021!

Manténganse distantes. Manténganse seguros. Manténganse bellos.

Que les parece? Dígannos.

No me dejen solo.

Facciamo un Bellissimo Maiale al Spiedo

Dear readers and fellow bloggers:

Good afternoon. Today we decided to prepare a seasoned pork tenderloin in our Nuwave Air Fryer that we will accompany with sautée potatoes and sweet potatoes, sprinkled with a headstrong lager.

First we have to set the tenderloin in the special device to use the rotisserie mode of the air fryer.

We had to make one and a half rounds of grilling, totaling twenty minutes, always keeping an eye.

The final result looks like this: crusty outside but still juicy inside. What do you think, dear friends?

With some olive oil, we sautéed the potatoes and sweet potatoes in our loyal but jealous La Bestia.

Did you notice the latest addition of some grilled kielbasa around the pork cuts? We have to confess that while we were cooking, a sudden rush of melancholy overcame us when we remembered a cherished Polish girlfriend that used to prepare it for our breakfast ( we had to recoup energies after making maddening love all night long) Sadly, she dumped us and married another man…Sniff...Sniff.

An old Castilian proverb says: “De ilusiones también se vive.” (You can also live from illusions)

Let us enjoy this meal in the exhilarating company of our son, dreaming about that long lost love.

Stay distant. Stay safe. Stay beautiful.

What do you think? Please tell us.

Don’t leave me alone.