Colazione americana con Bacon!

E’ sabato mattina o meglio ancora domenica, avete potuto dormire fino a tardi. Forse avete avuto una settimana piena di lavoro, siete andati a letto tardi la sera prima o avete avuto una cena troppo leggera. C’è che vi siete svegliati con una fame nera!

Cosa c’è di meglio di una colazione americana ? Pancakes, uova, e toast, oppure bagels con formaggio fresco ? Gustatevi queste ricette.


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Sono tutte perfette per soddisfare il desiderio di una colazione abbondante. L’ingrediente di cui avrete sempre bisogno però, che non deve mancare, è il bacon! Tutto sarà sicuramente più buono se accompagnato da qualche fetta di bacon. Al mattino, il profumo del bacon in padella è semplicemente favoloso!

Tanti italiani mi hanno chiesto la ricetta per preparare i pancakes americani. Eccovi allora la ricetta in Italiano, pancakes di Christine. Vi suggerisco caldamente di mangiarli con puro sciroppo d’acero e bacon croccante. Il bacon così come lo conosciamo noi americani potete trovarlo di sicuro all’Esselunga a Casalecchio. Forse anche in altri negozi e supermercati.

Accompagnate questa colazione con un bel bicchiere di succo d’arancia e una tazzona di caffè.

Così comincerete la giornata come dei veri americani. Sazi, pieni di energia e pronti a tutto! Yes, you can!



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English Version

It’s Saturday or better yet Sunday and you’ve been able to sleep in late. Maybe you had a hard week full of work or you were out late the night before or maybe you had a light dinner. And in the morning you wake up ravenous. What could be better than an American breakfast: pancakes, eggs and toast, bagels and cream cheese. Check out the recipes.

They are all great to satisfy that craving but the one constant you need to have is the bacon… you must have bacon…. everything is better with bacon. The smell of it frying is heavenly in the morning.

Many Italians have asked me for my pancake recipe so here it is… Christine’s pancakes. I might add you must have it with 100% maple syrup and crispy bacon. You can get real American bacon at the Esselunga in Casalecchio…Maybe a glass of OJ and a big strong cup of coffee. You can start your day like an American; full satisfied and ready for anything…. yes you can!

How to Build a Better CHAI in Bologna

I love to stop in a cafè or tea shop for a hot drink when the weather turns chilly in the autumn. One of my favorites is chai. Chai is an Indian drink made of black tea that is boiled with milk, sugar and a spice mix of cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, ginger and peppercorns.

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This recipe can vary in its combinations of these ingredients from family to family or from shop to shop in India. It has become popular in the U.S. and the variations on this theme are endless. Maybe chai ice cream, chai panna cotta, chai milk shake, chai butter cookies, chai spice pumpkin pie or chai pudding…

Many Indian restaurants in the West serve chai in it’s original form. which means it will be very very sweet, sometimes too sweet for me.  I have drastically reduced my in take of sugar over the last few years and I’ve tried to make chai at home with less sugar but it needs a kind of sweetness to be a good chai.

A great authentic recipe is from From Madhur Jaffrey’s Indian Cooking – Barron’s (1983). When Jaffrey’s Indian Cooking was published,  it introduced many Westerners to Indian cuisine and all its sweet spicy secrets.

Her recipe makes about 2 cups and goes as follows:

1-1/2 cups water
1 inch stick of cinnamon
8 cardomom pods
8 whole cloves
2/3 cup milk
6 tsp. sugar (or to taste)
3 teaspoons any unperfumed loose black tea

Put 1-1/2 cups water in saucepan. Add the cinnamon, cardomom, and cloves and bring to a boil. Cover, turn heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes. Add the milk and sugar and bring to a simmer again. Throw in the tea leaves, cover, and turn off the heat. After 2 minutes, strain the tea into two cups and serve immediately.

I like to drink coconut milk and it has a natural sweetness…  so I thought, it could be used for chai and it would give the drink a new twist with the coconut flavor. See the recipe.

My version uses:

Black tea – an Assam or Nilgiri

Coconut Milk

a dry spice mix of ginger cinnamon, cardamom and cloves

Now if you don’t want to make the spice mix…. where in Bologna to get it? Here are some favorite tea shops where you can get the loose black tea and/or the dry spice mix.

#MondodiEutèpia via Testoni 5/e Bologna (tea and spice mix)

#StregaTe via Porta Nova 7/a Bologna (tea and spices)

#IlGiardinodelleCamelie via San Vitale 7 Bologna (tea)

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Interview with a Bagel Lover in Bologna

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Good Morning! A sunny crisp September day in Bologna (yawn, stretch…)

Christine: “What should we eat for breakfast?”

Odette: “Hmmm. A fresh delicious bagel, soft on the inside with a slightly crispy crust…too bad we don’t live in the States anymore where we can get bagels of all kinds 24/7.”

Christine: “Actually I made bagels just last weekend.”

Odette: “Really? How?”

Christine: “If you really want to make them yourself, its not hard. You’ll need a whole afternoon and a bit of patience. Here is my recipe…”

Odette: “Recently we blogged about friselle, which though they look like bagels, are a completely different ball game.”

Christine: “Ok, so what are we going to eat this morning?”

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friselle: photo by cena con enrica

Odette: “Well, in the meantime let’s head to Zoo on Strada Maggiore…they do a great job with fresh bagels, different kinds too.”

What did you guys eat for breakfast this morning?

-Bologna, September 13, 2014