Yesterday I got back at home at 08.00 pm and for the first time in 12 months I was in a rush to prepare dinner. When similar situations happen, I usually resort to some quick but tasty recipe of the Italian tradition because even if I am in a rush I don't give up having a tasty meal.
Friggitelli are a variety of sweet green chili peppers, long and small that is cultivated in springtime, when the tempetaure is above 10 Celsius. They are usually cultivated in South Italy, where they take the name of Friarielli, althogh it is possible to find them also in central Italy
for Christmas I received a basket filled with delicacies from the all over Italy, including Olive Oil from Sicily, a very big slice of Parmigiano Reggiano, a big salami from Felino, Polenta from the Dolomites and, among other types of pasta, a big box of Paccheri Napoletani, so I decided to cook them for my New Year's Eve dinner.
The recipe I am presenting you today is my mother's interpretation of a simple dish made with Broccoli and Cauliflowers, which she learnt from my grandmother, who also learnt it from her mother, and so on, till the beginning of times.
One of the best memories I have of me, cooking with my grandmother, is making "polpette al sugo". It's a very simple and quick recipe, perfect for any occasion for a family meal.
From the market of Humauaca in the Jujuy Province of Argentina to the central market of Arusha in Tanzania and from the Borough Market in London to Ballarò in Palermo, I have been visiting so many markets that I learnt about vegetables which I didn't even know as well as so many different recipes that I sometimes feel there is no better way to understand the local culture then visiting a food market.
There are several Italian recipes that are pretty popular and available at restaurants all around the globe, even at non Italian places. Gnocchi is certainly one of them.