Recipe 51: This is something my mum did during our holiday just to change a bit from the normal vegetable side order. It’s nothing really amazing or particular, but it’s just something healthy and different to eat and that can maybe suits children too.
Ingredients: you will just need some broccoli and cauliflower, olive oil, some garlic (cloves or powder), pepper, a bit of chili and nothing else.
Wash and cut the vegetable in little pieces, then boil them in some water with salt. Leave them for around 10 minutes. In the meantime put some oil in a pan with some garlic cloves. Let them get goldish and then take them out.
When the vegetable are still a bit hard place them in the pan and start to mash them with a wooden spoon or spatula. In the meantime the vegetable will cook in the oil and will take a nice taste. Add the pepper and chili and keep on mixing and turning the vegetables. If they are getting to dry you can always add some more oil. I think the mix could be really good also with something like pancetta, if you like or pieces of sausages.
When you think the mix has reach a good consistency, creating a nice pie, you can try to cover the pan with a plate and turn the pie to let it cook on the other side.
Keep on turning until it become a little bit colored and when you think is ready you can serve it on a plate or already divided in slices with some meat or fish.
PS. Mamy alla fine ho messo anche questa ricetta, perche’ non avevo mai proposto nulla con i broccoli ed il cavolfiore e questo sformato ripassato con aglio ed olio e’ perfetto per non mangiarsi sempre verdure lesse.
Recipe 53: Today I cooked the oldest recipe of all. It was a classic from my grandmather, and my mum suggested to cook it here in the montain to eat it all together again. Also this recipe it’s super easy and with simple ingredients and probably it’s one of this dishes my grandma used to cook after the war, when in italy it was an hard time.
I will call it pasticcio di patate because it’s just a big mix of 3 ingredients cooked in a pan. You will need for 3 people: 800gr potatoes, 100gr pancetta, half onion, olive oil, salt and pepper.
Boil the potatoes with the skin to don’t allow them to absorb too much water. Leave them in boiling water for around 30 minute but you can always know if they are ready using a fork. If the fork enter in the potatoes they are ready.
Then take off the skin and cut them in slices not too thin. leave them cooling down. If hot they will become too mash and that’s not what we want.
Place some olive oil in a pan and then add the potatoes. In the meantime in another pan put some oil and the onion to fry a bit. When this is ready, add the onion and the pancetta to the potatoes and mix everything. Start mashing the potatoes in the pan and keep on mixing until creating a kind of tortilla.
Then cover with a plate or a tap and turn the tortilla and let it cook in the other side. Keep on turning the pasticcio until a bit colored on both the side.
At this point you can serve it as a unique dish with some salad or as a side order for some meat or even fish. Buon appetito!
PS. Mamy che bello che mi hai ricordato questa ricetta senno’ non l’avrei mai fatta! Non c’e’ niente di piu’ buono della cucina semplice di casa. Pero’ cucinare con te e’ molto differente… I trucchetti che mi dici cucinando non te li ricordi quando mi scrivi le ricette! Mannaggia!