Temperature is going high, symptom of an upcoming summer that makes us want to drop everything to escape to a cool island eating fish and drinking a good mojito!
Well, we shouldn’t eat fish in the summer only though, or because we want to be back in shape after wintery blowouts.
Fish like anchovies, mackerels and sardines are very digestible and rich in in Omega 3 fats, proteins, potassium, phosphorus and mineral salts. Plus, in Italy they don’t cost a fortune at all. So, what to want more than that?
Talking about anchovies, in Campania region, and more precisely in the fishing village of Marina di Pisciotta, menaica anchovies are one of the specialties that this territory has to offer.
The term menaica is the name of the fishing boat and the net used to fish anchovies between April and August, when the sea is calm and fuller of fish.
They are very versatile fish. You can have them raw, just drizzling some olive oil, some drops of lemon juice and a sprinkle of parsley: this is the version for fish purists. Otherwise, cooked in a good fragrant tomato sauce which you will use to season pasta, or made as the tasty inchiappate. These are made by opening them and making like small “hamburgers” where the bun slices are the anchovies and the “meat” is a mixture of fresh cheese, breadcrumbs, grated cheese, garlic and herbs, then fried and cooked in tomato sauce right afterwards.
Another simple and few ingredient recipe is the ammollicate anchovies. Healthy, fast, easy and cheap. You absolutely have to give this recipe a try!
Start by oiling the bottom of an oven pan or casserole dish and then sprinkle breadcrumbs all over it.
Cut the anchovies lengthwise, open them and place a layer of them in the pan.
Now, sprinkle a mixture of minced garlic and parsley, then breadcrumbs, oregano, salt and pepper.
Go on with the second and third step alternately, making sure that the last layer is the one of breadcrumbs.
Finally, baste it with the lemon juice and bake to 220°C/430°F for 30 minutes.
Once ready, let them cool a bit. You can taste them warm or cold. Then, accompany your dish with a glass of white wine and enjoy your meal!
In the past beans were the meat of the poors: beans have always had many nutritional and energetic qualities.
Have you ever turned into jujube liquor?
Let’s profit from this season’s veggies.