Pasta, my friends, is the national pride of our country, one of the biggest pleasures to be enjoyed, and one of those things around which – clichés or not – us Italians build our identity, at least in the kitchen. Now I have lost the habit, but in Italy I ate pasta around 4 times a week and I was never bored. We have so many different shapes and kinds of pasta and endless recipes – with meat, fish, vegetables, or simple sauces – that the risk of having too much pasta is almost zero!
I’ll be honest, this Roman-style spinach is something that saves my weekly dinner almost regularly. I buy tons of spinach every week and then at a certain moment I realize it is still there in the fridge and I don’t have too much time to prepare a quiche or I don’t feel like making risotto, or pasta, and then – puuff! – something pops in my head and I Immediately know what I have to do, above all when I need a sweet flavour too. And every mouthful of this dish mixes savoury and sweet with mastery, with the crunchy pine nuts counterbalancing the moistness of the raisins, and embracing the spinach giving an extra touch to an otherwise pretty basic dish.
I have to be honest, this week has been terribly busy due to so many things and I have spent no time at home at all that I am starting feeling pretty tired! For the same reason, I spent my Valentine’s night at the restaurant, not so much because it was Valentine’s day – I find it pretty commercial and for me it does not add any value to a relationship, if there’s love Valentine’s day is everyday – but because my fridge being almost empty, the idea of sitting and being well treated looked way more appealing!
Very chic choice, these farfalle with smoked salmon and truffle sauce! I was wondering how I could impress some people that I had invited, but with the things I had in the fridge as it was a last minute invitation, so I just decided to opt for pasta, to start with – I have plenty of pasta at home, as you can imagine, my mom sends me boxes and boxes of it every now and then. Don’t ask why, considering that here you easily find it in any supermarket. Mothers in Italy are very worried and concerned about nutrition, as if I moved into the jungle or in the Sahara and my survival was at stake. I sometimes feel very bad telling her that here we feed ourselves as normal humans and that supermarkets work the same way!