July 18, 2012 by Giulietta
Yes, I admit it, I want to dry out in the sun (not in my garden, anymore), I want beach and seaside. But I don't want these things so much that I started to feel the smell or the sound of the sea in a bunch of zucchini .. I need a vacation, but not so badly! The scent of the sea (the Ligurian sea, to be accurate. But, given my revisions, it's the Ligurian side nearest to Piedmont) is in the stuffing of these zucchini.
In a few days I'll leave for my holidays (it's likely that the next post will be written from another place), in a few days I'll see the sea again: every year I feel nostalgic about the sea, and every year I look forward to seeing it again, excited like a child with his favourite toy. And passing the time while waiting, I comfort myself with these delicious stuffed zucchini that scent like summer and sea, and with Baudelaire's beautiful words about this blue mirror that
I love (and miss) so much.
Man And The Sea
Free man! the sea is to thee ever dear!
The sea is thy mirror, thou regardest thy soul
In its mighteous waves that unendingly roll,
And thy spirit is yet not a chasm less drear.
Thou delight'st to plunge deep in thine image down;
Thou tak'st it with eyes and with arms in embrace,
And at times thine own inward voice would'st efface
With the sound of its savage ungovernable moan.
You are both of you, sombre, secretive and deep:
Oh mortal, thy depths are foraye unexplored,
Oh sea–no one knoweth thy dazzling hoard,
You both are so jealous your secrets to keep!
And endless ages have wandered by,
Yet still without pity or mercy you fight,
So mighty in plunder and death your delight:
Oh wrestlers! so constant in enmity!
Charles Baudelaire, "Les fleurs du mal"
Category Dried fruit, Herbs, Liguria, Regional Italian cooking, Second course, Vegetables | Tags: anchovy,capers,dried fruit,Liguria,mackerel,marjoram,pine nuts,regional italian cuisine,round zucchini,tuna,vegetables,zucchini | 5 Comments
June 8, 2011 by Giulietta
I don't go too often to restaurants, and certainly I seldom (understatement) go to go to classy restaurants, let alone excellent ones. But sometimes it happens, and if this happens in the right restaurant, I come out of it reconciled with the world, and I bring home with me a good experience and tasty memories.
Some time ago I was invited along with some friends at a restaurant called La Credenza (aka The Cupboard) in San Maurizio Canavese (Turin province) to celebrate an important occasion and, to be honest, I think it's the perfect place for an occasion like that . Not only the location was perfect, but I think that more than once the jaws of the guests has risked the dislocation in amazement of food and wine.
In the long series of dishes, one in particular touched all of us (I'm not authoritative, 'cause I was very courteous in presence of the chef, the restaurant staff and the sommelier, and then I burst into thunderous Oooooooh and photographed everything as soon as they turned their backs), risotto with roasted peppers. Usually I don't abandon myself to the great love I feel for peppers due to digestive problems, but that night I couldn't evade … and fate gave me an amazing dish! In fact, the strong and smoked taste of roasted peppers was made more delicate by risotto, while its taste went perfectly with chopped anchovy and parsley chlorophyll used to garnish the dish. Sublime!
And so, in loving memory of that ecstatic experience, I tried to make it home version, and without having a recipe, so experimenting and going to the taste. The result is a risotto that gathers the same contrasts and the same taste exaltation, but of course different from the one made at the restaurant (which you could also notice from the pictures below: in the top you can see their risotto, at the bottom you can see mine).
Category Earth first course, First course, Risotto, Vegetables | Tags: anchovy,earth first course,first course,parsley,pepper,risotto,vegetables | 19 Comments