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Thursday 23 November 2017

Gaga for Italian home cooking

The star is gaining attention for her kitchen skills, says anna coogan

Lady Gaga is probably the star with the least problem gaining attention. Even given the individuality of Katy Perry, Rihanna or Pink, Gaga stands out in the world of attention seekers.

It makes her obsession with cooking intriguing. She has confessed to loving cooking shows, and getting together with friends to cook and drink wine.

She has appeared in a cooking video with leading American chef Art Smith, who worked as a personal chef for Oprah. The theme was Thanksgiving dinner and, dressed in a wide-brimmed black hat and a canary-yellow coat, Gaga got down to cracking eggs.

It should be noted that Smith has signed up to a new Italian restaurant in New York's Upper West Side, Joanne Trattoria, which is owned by Gaga's father, Joe Germanotta.

Gaga has also done a spoof cooking demonstration on Alan Carr's Chatty Man show, during which she flattened chicken breasts by beating them with a frying pan. The snippet was titled 'Cooking with Gaga'.

The Poker Face singer has never described her typical dining table when hosting friends. It's easy, though, to imagine it as being dressed in gothic black candles and skulls with deep-red rose petals running like a river of blood down the centre. Given Gaga's flair for the dramatic, you know there would be more on the table than salt and pepper.

The star's obsession with cooking is all the more fascinating because she doesn't look like she eats a lot. It would be more understandable if curvaceous stars Adele or Christina Aguilera were promoting themselves as domestic goddesses.

Gaga credits her Italian roots for her culinary skills. She had said: "The rumours I am a dab-hand in the kitchen are completely true. I come from an Italian family -- what more can I say? I love to cook. I am really good at Italian food. So I make great meatballs, pasta and all sorts. I love it."

She is also known for sharing family recipes, including Grandmother Germanotta's salami pecorino cheese recipe. Inspired by her granny's salami and pecorino stuffing, the dish has been transformed into a waffle by Smith.

Serves six

Ingredients:

>1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

>1/4 cup cornmeal, fine

>2 tbsp baking powder

>2 tbsp each freshly chopped Italian parsley, rosemary and thyme

>1/4 cup finely grated pecorino or Parmesan cheese, plus extra to top the waffles

>1/2 cup thinly sliced salami, fried crispy >6 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

>1 3/4 cups whole milk

>2 eggs, beaten

>Cooking spray

>20 thinly sliced pieces of salami

Directions:

>In a large bowl sift together flour, cornmeal, baking powder. Add herbs and cheese and toss.

>Fry salami in olive oil until crispy. Remove from oil and blot on towels to drain. Chop into fine crumbs. Reserve cooking oil for batter.

>Combine in second bowl milk, eggs and reserved oil, and beat well. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and carefully mix but do not over beat. Fold in the salami crumbs.

>Preheat a waffle iron, spray generously with cooking spray, place thinly sliced pieces of salami on waffle grates. Pour batter on grates and bake according to manufacturer's directions until golden and crisp.

>Serve with fried turkey or chicken.

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