It has been a while since my last blog post. After only a few days at the new job, I realized it wasn't for me - the environment and the business structure was VERY fishy, unlike anything I've ever witnessed (other people warned me before I accepted, and I should have listened) - and so I returned to my other job while I still could, and was so happy to be back. It's funny how you see places with a different perspective, especially after a bad experience. Immigration has ended and finally everything is going back to normal, I will have more time to focus on my blog and my personal business. This weekend I'm teaching a cooking lesson, even though chefs and especially Italians are known to be very jealous of their recipes and their kitchen I love cooking with people and teaching them. I remember when I used to live with my mother, it was a struggle to even WATCH her when she was cooking! I love the idea of one day teaching my kids to cook - have them all with me in the kitchen. My wife says her Italian grandfather is the same as my mother - NO ONE is allowed in the kitchen while he is cooking.
Back to our recipe, this one is very simple and doesn't take much effort (except for making the ravioli). I came out with this a day that I didn't have much choice in the fridge but it turned out to be very nice and handmade ravioli are honestly good even on their own! The tricky part with this recipe is to make the sauce. I'll explain you later when we get to it. If you want to know how to make the ravioli, go back to my previous ravioli blog and you will find all the instructions you need. Let's get started!
WHAT YOU'LL NEED:
WHAT TO DO:
Time to eat! Hope you enjoy the recipe and let me know how it comes out.
Hope you all are well, and cooking more than I have been lately! Life has been very busy due to immigration - we got called for the green card interview and had to run around and collect paperwork, find evidence of our marriage, and pay lots of lawyer fees. People don't know what the process is like unless you've walked through it - and we had it easier than some! Kate and I were really stressed and worried about the process ... the interview didn't go well at all. They ask you tons of questions about your life and relationship - and I was so panicked that I actually said that I always give my wife amazing gifts, (kind of hilarious because it's the thing I'm LEAST good at.) At the end, they told us that we would have to wait a month to know the results. Thank God after only a week, I received my green card and now we can finally start living a normal life. (Even though it will never be normal because we are not normal ourselves.)
There are so many things that have been in transition and job has been one of them. Tomorrow I will start working a new job at Volvo, and I'm so excited about it! I love challenges and I love new experiences, and I hope all will go well. It's convenient because it's right next door to our house, so I can walk there and not bother Kate with always having to pick me up/drop me off. Even though she doesn't mind usually. What's going to be really nice about this is that I will work a more regular schedule - never past 6 or 7pm, leaving me energy and time to cook!
Regarding this new blog post, it has been kind of funny to me to be inspired by sandwiches. As a chef I've never considered them to be something to invent or to find new ways to make them. There are many reasons and one of them is certainly that in Italy we don't really make too many complicated sandwiches because it is enough to have a warm "rosetta" (Italian bread) with a slice of prosciutto to make an amazing sandwich. When I came to America I've realized that in here there are so many different kinds of sandwiches, and there is so much stuff in them! I was kind of shocked because as an Italian I don't put too many ingredients all together (especially in sandwiches) and also fascinated because it gave me so many different ideas to create new ones!
This two sandwiches I'm going to share are definitely ones that American will love - at least my wife did! I've used "Focaccia" which is a classic Italian bread that is used a lot in Italy to make sandwiches, and I think it will definitely make it more tasty. It's actually a kind of pizza, which not many American's know. I will explain how to make focaccia in a different post, it's a long procedure and it would be better for you to have pictures of it!
Here you go, your sandwich is ready and you've found a very fast and tasty way to eat something good without spending too much time! Enjoy (or not). Let me know what sandwich creations you come up with!
Ciao amici! Welcome to my home and my table. I love inventing new recipes and can't wait to see what we can cook up together!