3.15.2016

All purpose anchovies' sauce - Salsina alle alici per mille usi


Hello readers,
you all know that I love to always buy whatever fruit and vegetable mother nature has to offer in each season.. well, if you ever happened to be in Milan or in Rome, you should be aware of the puntarelle season.
Puntarelle shoots is a sort of chicory, a very tasty vegetable with a weird and scary shape. The taste is somehow bitter, like radish, and it is usually served as appetizer with some anchovies’ sauce. This is a traditional Roman salad recipe, which is now served in every restaurant in Milan during this season.
Since I am totally aware that tons of you won’t have access to this very peculiar vegetable, today I am posting about an anchovies' sauce recipe I totally made up the other day, which, not only goes super well with puntarelle, but that is super good as a dressing to any vegetable, let alone on a healthy chicken or turkey burger! (and I have done this as well!!)

So let’s get it started!
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Ciao a tutti,
come ben sapete, amo sempre cucinare con la frutta e la verdura rigorosamente di stagione.. e se siete di Milano o di Roma, se ci avete vissuto o se semplicemente capitate qui talvolta, saprete che questo è il periodo delle puntarelle! Se invece non le conoscete, le puntarelle sono una verdura un po’ amarognola, una via di mezzo tra un cavolo, e un’insalata, ma con le sembianze di un broccolo un po’ mostruoso!
Secondo la ricetta classica romana, ormai diffusissima anche a Milano, le puntarelle vengono servite come antipasto, accompagnate alla salsa di alici. Strepitose!
Insomma, l’altra sera sono tornata a casa con le puntarelle e ho deciso di cimentarmi in una salsa di acciughe, che ho totalmente inventato ma che è piaciuta molto al mio ragazzo! L’abbiamo provata con le puntarelle, ma anche come condimento per un burger di pollo e pane integrale! Buonissimo!

3.08.2016

Happy women's day!


Dear readers,

just a quick post not related to food, to wish to all the strong and independent women out there a very happy women’s day!

I take advantage of this quick post to share with you a curiosity on the traditional flower we use to gift on women’s day in Italy: Mimosa!

The tradition of gifting mimosa seems to have its roots in March 1946, when Rita Montagnana and Teresa Mattei, two activists fighting for equality of women, decided to mark the UN international women day (8th of March) with a symbolic gesture of gifting small branches of mimosa to other women, as a sign of mutual respect and support.
According to different sources, there are several reasons why mimosa was eventually selected as the women’s flower, and include:
  • Its peculiarity of blooming in winter, thus being readily available to be gifted on March 8th,
  • Its spontaneous growth in several Italian regions, which well symbolized the aim of the women movement: making the world a place where women can also prosper, without having to fight for it.
  • Its fragile look but very strong resistance, allowing it to flourish in harsh and adverse conditions: like women.
I virtually gift all of you with a mimosa flower, sure that we will all commit to make this world a better place, with gender equality, collaboration and mutual respect.

Info for this post are from this blog while picture is mine.