In this period of seclusion, or forced arrest, let’s call it that, there are many activities we can do, but one certainly involves all the houses; being all at home cooking in fact we brush up on our cookbooks and the proposals of the web and TV, but recipes for recovery?
We too find ourselves in the same situation and therefore we brush up on both the recipes of the territory and tradition, and on our website you will find several, and the recipes tried directly by us at home, in our daily life.
Today we are all shopping differently: we have more time to prepare the dishes and the family is fully booked in all meals of the day. Obviously, therefore, that we buy those foods that are part of a different expense, such as flour, sugar, eggs, yeast (to find it), fresh meat and fish, foods that probably before we did not buy so often.
At this point it is a matter of starting to think about limiting waste, or rather precisely because we cook all meals at home, one thing we can certainly do is learn not to throw anything away and try with the imagination to recycle in a good dish the our leftovers or scraps and create recovery recipes.
We are talking about the Circular Kitchen or the possibility of reusing raw materials where they are left over, and therefore not wasting them. Being able to use the same ingredients in different ways, and therefore take full advantage of them in terms of benefits and savings.
The Circular Kitchen is a kitchen where there is no waste, or at least we try to bring it to a minimum, which mixes the teachings of the culinary cultures of various parts of the world, and which helps us optimize purchases while shopping, having above all a focus on local products and the possibility of saving. Today as important as ever.
5 recovery recipes for everyone
Someone said that to cook well you need passion, research, study and time; we also add imagination and desire to experiment. Finding that little flicker that makes you go beyond the classic cooking recipe or that you found somewhere and makes you find your dish or your recipe, were also recipes for recovery.
Think of a vegetable broth: we have a lot of seasonal vegetables available and the cleaning waste becomes ingredients for a good soup or vegetable broth.
An example: the external leaves of the fennel which are harder and which we normally discard, the ribs of the beets, the leaves of the leeks, adding them to a carrot, a potato, a few bay leaves become an excellent base dish for soups.
Or pumpkin seeds: dried, they become excellent ingredients for salads and can be added to steamed vegetables.
We list below our recovery recipes.
It is perhaps the easiest and simplest recipe: we always peel our vegetables with the potato peeler and these instead of discarding them we can use to make excellent baked chips. Peels of potatoes, carrots and pumpkin are ideal both baked and fried, after having floured them, breaded or simply sprinkled with the spices you love most. Paprika, curry, or light sprinkling of chilli pepper if you like spicy.
Is there any stale bread left? apart from grating it for breading, you can use it for this first course.
The ingredients are:
300 gr. of stale bread
4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
4 tablespoons of grated pecorino cheese
120 g made with flour
nutmeg, salt, 4 sage leaves
Soften the bread in 500/600 ml of warm water for an hour in a saucepan. After the time, add the oil and simmer slowly for 30 minutes. To this baby food add the flour and cook again for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and let it cool; then add the pecorino, the egg and the nutmeg. form very small thin loaves, as for the dumplings and cut them into not too big chunks.
Cook the gnocchi in abundant boiling water until they come to the surface and season with a sauté of leek and sage and sprinkle with pecorino cheese.
Cream of artichokes and leeks
We are in season of artichokes and we all know how good we are, but how much waste they entail.
Well one of the recovery recipes that you can prepare is an exquisite velvety to be enjoyed with toasted croutons, for a dish that is also dietetic and detoxifying.
The ingredients are:
Outer leaves of two artichokes or breasts
Green part of a leek or spring onion
A few celery leaves
Peel of an onion
Evo oil, salt and pepper
Fill a pot with about 2 liters of water and dip the outer leaves of the artichoke, the onion peel, salt and boil for about 50 minutes. Strain the leek and celery leaves with a sieve and add the two potatoes and continue cooking for another 15/20 minutes. When cooked, blend everything in the mixer and serve adding a drizzle of oil and sprinkling with pepper.
Zucchini and potato tortelli
Do you have any zucchini, asparagus or other vegetables from the previous day? adding potatoes and ricotta here is an excellent filling for tortelli.
Our Emilian tortelli that we have often told you about, in the classic recipe have a filling of herbs and ricotta or potatoes, but this type of stuffed pasta lends itself well to other fillings. One above all artichokes and potatoes seasoned with gorgonzola cream, but also other fillings are fine, let your imagination and your personal taste work.
3 courgettes and 2 potatoes
1 onion and garlic to those who like it
100 g cottage cheese
250 gr of Parmesan cheese for 30 months
salt nutmeg and pepper
Brown the onion and garlic gently in the oil, cook the potatoes, cut them into small pieces, and add them together with the courgettes left in the pan with only the onion and finish cooking over low heat to mix everything well about 8/10 minutes, having take care to dry everything.
Pass the vegetables with the potato masher and leave to cool. Add the egg yolk, ricotta, Parmigiano Reggiano and a grated nutmeg.
Roll out the puff pastry and fill the tortelli with the filling. Cook in abundant and salted water and season with butter and sage or white mushrooms.
Last recipe is a dessert that we found among the recipes of a student cook.
Pan and Pom
Last recipe is the variation to a dessert that we found among the recipes of a student cook.
The ingredients are:
350 gr of bread
4 whole eggs
400 gr of sugar
500 gr of apples
half a glass of maraschino liqueur
a pinch of cinnamon
about 350 gr. whipped Cream
Cut the bread into small cubes and arrange in a bowl. Peel the apples, cut them into small pieces, sprinkle them with cinnamon and sprinkle them with liqueur. In the meantime, whip the eggs with the sugar and pour the mixture onto the bread. Add the apples and finally the whipped cream and mix everything slightly.
Grease and flour some baking molds, fill them with the mixture and form at 200-200 ° for 30 minutes in a preheated oven. when cooked, leave to cool and place them on an upside down plate and with a strawberry sauce.
These are just some of the many recovery recipes you can try with the waste of your shopping and you can prepare them both at home and in a camper, when we can finally leave and travel, as we love to do.