Well, a week has almost passed since my 1st post..It’s been a busy week..productive..etc.. Summer here on the island is starting to show its true colours. This week I was truly captured by the flowers and fruit..I know it sounds so simple but you’d have to live here to truly understand.
Actually for years I’m sad to say I passed many of these beautiful trees and paid no attention to its real beauty. A bitter fruit that you squeeze out of its shell straight into your mouth. Almost like the wine grapes i grew up with eating from my Nonno Mikes backyard. Apparently wine can also be made of this fruit. hmm…rethinking this fruit entirely 🙂
The 2nd would be the “Spider Lily” which I am allergic to but is actually very pretty. I made a point of observing the plant & not just walking away so abruptly just because I water & sneeze when I see it!
Truly I did not do much in the kitchen this week. I made the odd quick pasta dish with new Cow Mein noodles I found..wow! A Guyanese friend of mine here introduced me to them. Love them, texture etc..
I took left over Cod/Baccala/Salt fish (whatever you want to call it) & veggies, stir fried them up & tossed them together with pepper(when I say pepper here it’s a fresh small season pepper that looks like a habenero) , herbs & seasoning. So simple & so good! ok, & i chopped a hot pepper into it because i needed a hit of spice!
Funny that after this week, the recipe I want to share most is a comforting meat less recipe I learnt from one of my Nonnas, on the farm. Now this is something she would make back in Italy during the war having no meat. As a child of course I didn’t appreciate something so simple. Really you are going to use stale bread & feed me with it? gross..Now as an adult I try to make that dish over & over with a twist of course! 😉 So following is my version of something my Nonna would mix up on a saturday night using stale bread!
I tried to measure my ingredients as I could with what I used here. Please allow for your own personal touch!
Polpette Cacio e Uova (Cheese & Egg “meatless” balls)
1 whole stale Baguette (broken in pieces)
2 whole garlic cloves (crushed)
1 carrot (grated)
1 spring onion (white & green) chopped
Cheese, grated – I used Scamorza, Pecorino, Emmental – basically 2 cups of grated cheese of your choice
salt,pepper for taste
1/4 cup fresh parsley — coarsely chopped
1/4 cup fresh basil — coarsely chopped
breadcrumbs (if mixture seems wet)
Soak the torn baguette in water. Just long enough to rehydrate it. Place the bread and the remaining ingredients into a large bowl. Combine until thoroughly mixed. Taste for flavour & add further fresh herbs & spices.
Form into croquette or 1 1/2 inch balls. If mixture seems to wet to form, add breadcrumbs to adjust and form a proper shape.
Refrigerate the croquette for an hour. Set a frying pan to heat w/oil & fry gently on either side.
Drop the croquette in the hot tomato sauce, boil lightly. Serve w/Pasta of your choice or alone!
Personally I enjoy eating them alone as a snack when I need something quick.
Basic Tomato Sauce
500 ML crushed tomatoes – fresh or canned
3 fresh garlic cloves (crushed)
1/2 onion chopped
1 carrot chopped
salt, pepper to taste
fresh basil & parsley whole
Combine all of the above in a sauce pan. Cook for 1/2 hour. I like to puree with my hand blender as i do not like chunks. Adjust seasoning according to your taste
Buon Appetito! 😉