Tropea onions

Late again but this time I can blame it on my sister-in-law, the Bread Baking Babes and Lucullian’s anniversary because I had this entry ready last week! Sometimes I don’t procrastinate I am proud to say but then life just tangles it up so in reality I could just as well have procrastinated like I do usually and there wouldn’t have been much of a difference. That is actually one of the things I have learnt from life, well from my life, certain things are good to do straight away, things like difficult phone calls that just accumulate more and more agony the longer you drag it on, it’s just as well to do them immediately and as they say in Italian, via il dente-via il dolore, take away the (bad) tooth and the pain goes away. I like that. But there are so many things that you just as well can do in the last moment because either it makes no difference when they are made or something happens that just shows that it was useless to do them early! And, not to forget, I feel so much more like a good girl when I have done something late that I should have done ages ago than when I do it ahead of time and I just feel plain good about it. Is it possible to understand what I mean here, I hope so because I don’t have the time to make it much clearer, I have to go into town to get a birthday present to my favouite neighbour. After posting my entry for the O Foods for Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month event that my friend Sara of Ms.Adventures in Italy, Michelle of Bleeding Espresso and Jenn of The Left Over Queen are hosting. Might be a bit late for participating but then you can donate some money for research instead, see below for the details. Or visit the hosting blogs!

Frittatine with onion, balsamic vinegar and thyme

OH! ONION OMELETTINE WITH BALSAMICO AND THYME (well, they should be called frittatine with balsamico and thyme braised onions but the O theme you know…)
12 small ones

6 eggs
4 onions, preferably red sweet ones
2-3 tblsp good balsamic vinegar
100 ml/ 0,42 cup freshly grated parmesan
extra-virgin olive oil

– Peel and cut the onions either in thick slices or in wedges.
– Braise the onion slowly in a little olive oil. Add thyme and salt.
– Turn the onion slices but be careful not to mess them up too much.
– When the onion is soft and a little golden, add balsamic vinegar and go on braising for 2 more minutes.
– Whisk eggs, salt and parmesan quickly.
– Use muffin pans if you have, I use silicone ones, but cupcake forms are good too. Put a little olive oil in each ‘whole’ and then put 2-3 tblsp of the egg batter in each of them. Add a slice or wedge of braised onion on top.
– Bake in a pre-heated oven (175°C/350°F) for 6-8 minutes.

Frittatine with onion, balsamic vinegar and thyme
O Foods for Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. In honor of Gina DePalma, author of Dolce Italiano: Desserts from the Babbo Kitchen and Executive Pastry Chef of Babbo Ristorante in NYC, who was recently diagnosed with ovarian cancer, Sara of Ms Adventures in Italy, Jenn of The Leftover Queen, and Michelle of Bleeding Espresso are asking you to donate to the:

Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (via FirstGiving.org)

and then, out of the goodness of your hearts and to be eligible for the O Foods for Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month Contest, please do the following:

1. Post a recipe to your blog using a food that starts or ends with the letter O (e.g., oatmeal, orange, okra, octopus, olive, onion, potato, tomato) and include this entire text box in the post;


2. If you’re not into the recipe thing, simply post this entire text box in a post on your blog to help spread the word about the event and Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.


3. Then send your post url [along with a photo (100 x 100) if you’ve made a recipe] to ofoods[at]gmail[dot]com by 11:59 pm (Italy time) on September 30, 2008.

We will post a roundup and announce prize winners on October 3.


* 1 Recipe Prize for best “O food” concoction: $50 gift certificate to Amazon;
* 1 Awareness Prize for only publicizing event: Copy of Dolce Italiano cookbook.


From the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund:

* Ovarian cancer is the leading cause of death from gynecologic cancers in the United States and is the fifth leading cause of cancer death among U.S. women; a woman’s lifetime risk of ovarian cancer is 1 in 67.
* The American Cancer Society estimates that 21,650 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer in the U.S. in 2008 and about 15,520 women will die from the disease.
* The symptoms of ovarian cancer are often vague and subtle, making it difficult to diagnose. There is no effective screening test for ovarian cancer but there are tests which can detect ovarian cancer when patients are at high risk or have early symptoms.
* In spite of this patients are usually diagnosed in advanced stages and only 45% survive longer than five years. Only 19% of cases are caught before the cancer has spread beyond the ovary to the pelvic region.
* When ovarian cancer is detected and treated early on, the five-year survival rate is greater than 92%.

Please donate to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund
and help spread the word!

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