Monday, October 18, 2010

Pink Pink Pink Day today for Breast Cancer prevention! And a very special recipe…


A heavy family history of Breast Cancer in my home makes this a cause close to my heart.


October has seen the Pink Ribbon Campaign against Breast Cancer come into full swing remembering those who have died, those who are suffering but also the survivors of this insidious disease.


Prevention is perhaps too optimistic a word but there are healthy changes that you can make to make your body stronger to fight the disease should it rear its ugly head.

Eat food containing antioxidants, exercise


and of course get your breasts checked regularly at any age.

Sculpture by Juanita Aiello-Pansini

A full list of risk factors can be found on the Breast Cancer Campaign Organization site.
Please click here to fund free mammograms for underprivileged woman. It will cost you nothing but mean so much to another.

My mother, an exceptional cook, died of Breast Cancer just under two and a half years ago.
I would like to share her very special recipe for Brandied Lemon Ricotta Cheese cake with you in her honour.

Brandied Lemon Ricotta Cheese Cake:
Sponge layer or Savoiardi biscuits
500gms Ricotta cheese (a fresh Italian soft cheese similar in consistency to Cottage Cheese)
125gms of castor sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons of vanilla
2 teaspoons of grated lemon rind
2 tablespoons of lemon juice
1 1/2 tablespoons of gelatin
1/2 cup of water
1 1/4 cups of cream
2 tablespoons of brandy
Line a 23cm spring form pan with paper and cut sponge or biscuits to fit in single layer.
Beat eggs and sugar till thickened. In a separate bowl, beat ricotta cheese, lemon rind & juice, vanilla & brandy together. Dissolve gelatin in the 1/2 cup of water over a very gentle heat. Beat it into the ricotta mix a little at a time.
Whip cream until semi-whipped. Fold cream, egg mixture & ricotta mixture together. Mix well. Pour over the sponge/biscuit layer. Refrigerate several hours until set. Decorate with fruit of choice just before serving.

TORTA DI RICOTTA AL BRANDY E LIMONE (per le amiche Italiane)
Savoiardi oppure Pan di Spagna
500gm di Ricotta
125gm di zucchero semolato
2 uova
2 cucchiaini di vaniglia
2 cucchiaini di buccia di limone grattugiato
2 cucchiai di succo di limone
1 1/2 cucchai di gelatina
1/2 bicchere d’acqua
1 1/4 bicchiere di panna
2 cucchiai di Brandy
Ricoprite la base di una teglia per torte di 23cm (con il lato apribile) con i Savoiardi oppure con un sottile stratto di pan di Spagna
Montate le uova con lo zucchero. Sbattete insieme la ricotta, la scorza di limone, il succo, la vaniglia e il Brandy. Sciogliete la gelatina nell’acqua al fuoco basso e poi agguingetela un po` alla volta alla ricotta sbattendola bene.
Montate la panna finche` non si sia addensata a meta`.
Mescolate insieme alla ricotta, la panna e le uova in modo che ogni elemento si  amalgami perfettamente.
Versate il composto nella teglia e mettetela al frigo per un paio di ore.
Ricopritela con frutta al momento di servirla.

Today we have come together with other Italian bloggers in the Blogosphere to bring the Anti-Breast Cancer campaign our solidarity by painting the internet pink:
Linda - News From Italy
Anne - Anne from Oxfordshire
Laura - Ciao Amalfi
Cherrye - My Bella Vita
Lucy - On my way 2 work and Other Stuff
Donna - Maremma Guide
Lauren - Mamaquest
Veronika - Modenus Blog
Eleonora - Aglio Olio e Peperoncino
JoAnne - Frutto della Passione and contest!
Michelle-Bleeding Espresso
Pat - Sicily Scene
a full list of almost 300 participating bloggers can be found here at Mamma Felice.
Grazie! Do go visit the others!


Laura said...

Ciao Rosa! Your whole blog is pink today! :-) Love the photos, especially of your mother's beautiful cake. Thank you for sharing that recipe - very special! And thanks for organizing this great group of Italian bloggers to bring attention to Breast Cancer prevention and awareness. I am very happy to be taking part for the second year!

Eleonora Baldwin said...

thank you for this wonderful post, for rounding up such a long list of Italian/expat contributors, for the delicious recipe and sweet memory of your mamma.

I'm happy to be participating with you.

E xx ♥

Anne in Oxfordshire said...

Ciao Rosa.. I have also changed the colour of my blog to Pink. Beautiful photos and thank you for sharing this very special recipe with us. Yes just like Laura I am very happy to take part this year, we all need to be together on this. Take care, sending you a big hug and prayer xox

Carolina said...

Meraviglioso tutto questo rosa, no?!

Cherrye at My Bella Vita said...

I love that you tinted your site today, too. What a wonderful tribute (and recipe!) for your mom. Thanks for getting us involved!

LindyLouMac said...

Wow I am impressed that you turned your whole blog pink for the day as did Anne. Thankyou for sharing your Mums special recipe with us today. Like you I have a close family connection with Breast Cancer so I was very happy to join in this year for the first time. Thanks for inviting me.

Joanne at Frutto della Passione said...

Lovely post and such a wonderful recipe to share. All the best

Luciana said...

Bellissimo post tutto in rosa!!! baci baci :)

casalba said...

Thank you.

Francesca said...

Recipes can be such a powerful link to memories. This is a very special recipe.

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