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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Pomodori e Vino~Novel Food

In Marcella Hazan's autobiography Amacord she talks about growing up in Italy during the war, her studies as a scientist, and then later coming to America without knowing any english. She decided to learn to cook... the rest is history!

I am a part of a group who are cooking our way though her Essentials of Italian cooking and posting it daily on Facebook~ called Pomodori e Vino. I am sharing this as my Novel Food hosted by Lisa and Simone. I encourage you to read her story... and to follow us on our journey.
I first saw that I was making a Bagna Caoda, I had no clue what it was.
None.
This was a learning experience for me (one of many I am sure!)
Marcella describes the flavors and sensations of the Piedmontese table being celebrated through the bagna caoda. The cold simple vegetables accompanied by the heat of the bagna caoda~ caoda being the word for hot. She recommends vegetables such as cardoons, artichokes, radishes, carrots, peppers and assorted greens for dipping.
Bagna Caoda is a dip of olive oil, butter, garlic and fresh anchovy fillets. The anchovies melt as the oil is warmed over a small flame. It is served with the freshest raw vegetables. You dip the vegetables into the hot oil. Of course, I had a heck of a time finding Italian vegetables in Alabama. This must not have been the week for a shipper of fresh artichokes. No fresh anchovies as Marcella prefers, I just used the tiny fillets in a glass jar at Whole Funds.The sensation of the cool and crisp vegetables with the hot thickened oil is amazing. The anchovies melt into a paste and all but disappear, leaving a warm salty flavor.
We enjoyed it with friends who are leaving for Italy in just a few days~ the perfect appetizer! We drank wine and talked bella Italia!
Ciao y'all~
Sandi

3 comments:

theUngourmet said...

Oh my goodness! This looks and sounds fantastic and flavor packed! This book looks so good. I'll have to pick it up soon!

Simona said...

I must admit that I have never had bagna caoda. It is a very nice dish for sharing, as you saw. I didn't know she studied to be a scientist. Thank you for participating in our event.

librariane said...

Oo, a use for the rest of the anchovies sitting in our fridge!

Would you make any of the veggies as crudités or just leave them?

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