Farro salad is one of the best meals you can have during the week, I believe. It is healthy, colorful and tasty! If you, like me, spend your day in the office, you know how hard is it to eat well when you are most of your day outside. Consequently, it’s even more important to focus on what is better to eat during the working week!
This pizza recipe has been a part of my life since my early years. I won’t say this is the ultimate pizza recipe, or this is the only pizza recipe you have to follow. I will just say, this is my favorite and the best for me. This is my mom’ s pizza! Yes, I am cheesy, I know.
Right after finding out that I don’t use just basil to prepare it, a friend during a dinner exclaimed: “Then it’s not pesto!”
The irrefutable tone of this sentence made me smile. After all, I am also pretty strict concerning my culinary beliefs. Nevertheless, in this case, I want to tell you a story, and it is the same story I told that day. The word pesto comes from the verb pestare, to pound, to crush. Already in the Middle Ages we can find traces of the existence of sauces prepared combining different herbs, garlic and oil, by using a pestle. A famous example is the roman Moretum – a cheese, garlic and herb spread. Another one is agliata, a beaten mixture of walnuts and garlic which occupied a privileged spot in the Ligurian people’s nutrition. In particular, sailors consumed large quantities of it during navigations because they thought it had curative properties against illnesses. Of course, at a certain moment they had to realize that the delicious variety of basil that grew in their region was the perfect partner for the perfect combination…
Swiss chard, spinach, bacon, or better, pancetta: these are the main ingredients of this savory pie. Yes, go look into your fridge, cause you might have all of ’em already at your disposal. If it’s the case, then this is a glorious day for you, cause you could be even still on time to prepare it for this Easter.
I know I am posting this maybe a little too late for Easter, but I have been in bed with flu and that’s why I am not as ready as my blogging colleagues. I have seen them, in the last days, preparing impressive dishes I was eating with my eyes, while I was pale and a little bit yellowish, rolling myself in bed (go check this pastiera, please). I’ll try to make it up to you now with this humble, yet glorious 2 layers pie crust, so packed with nutrients you’ll feel like running the Marathon after eating it! The original name is Erbazzone (meaning “herbs pie”). (more…)