The flavors of our land La cucina te la nonna mia
Italy has a rich and varied culinary tradition, unique in the world. Its climate, history and the diverse range of customs and traditions that characterize each regions have created in our nation exceptional "greedy deposits", in Apulia and Salento. Our products are a reflection of our territory, ancient gestures, rituals drawn from the peasant culture, resources that our parents have bequeathed to their children with intelligence and imagination. Extra virgin olive oil, wine, vegetables, fruit, fish, cheese, meat, bread, orecchiette, friselle, cakes, sweets are our specialities.
However, today there is an abandonment of the Mediterranean diet and cultural traditions from teenagers who are turning increasingly to the so-called "junkfood junk food, like potato chips, sandwiches, snacks and cakes. This unhealth, food is also a danger to the culinary traditions and a loss of values and experiences of traditional food. We must recover our local food culture that will enable the students to reflect on the social relations between past and present, to project back in time with their imagination, having eyes on the future. Interested in “technology flavours”, young people often ignore their roots and therefore neglect traditions that are the basis of people’s history.
Fave nette The inhabitants of Salento, Puglia, since the past availed themselves of this legume to give substance to their frugal meal, have been able to tie their identity to the culinary classic dish of beans and chicory, Queen of our own gardens. The mashed beans is a dish containing enough calories but is prepared in a healthy way, without fried. In fact you have to add a drizzle of olive oil, only at the end of cooking. The beans are part of the legume family and are therefore richin fiber, vitamins, and proteins. The dried beans, as opposed to fresh, are eaten after soaking for at least 10 hours in cold water and then cooked. Traditionally they are cooked in a clay pot, pureed and served with boiled vegetables, chicory, or with fried peppers, or with fried croutons.
Ingredients: 500 g of beans white skinned; salt; olive oil; a potato; an onion; water.
This is the traditional way to cook dried beans and peeled, whose preparation has been called “lyrical symphonic poem”. It takes time, care and possibly a pot of clay. Preparation: Add thin sliced onions and potatoes to the beans.
Put water, enough to cover the beans. Boil them, reduce heat to low and cover with a lid. Cook for an hour and salt.
Continue cooking for another hour, again at low heat. Stir, with the decision, in pot with a wooden spoon to prevent them from sticking to the bottom, until they are a thick cream. Add olive oil, stir and serve the beans hot, either alone or accompanied by boiled vegetables (like chicory).
Ingredients: 500 g of beans white skinned; salt; olive oil; a potato; an onion; water.
Among the various types of pasta, the orecchietta is “the queen”. You need experience, skill and practice. Ricchitelle (orecchiette)
Combine the semolina, unbleached flour and salt, and mound it on a large work surface. Make a well in the center with your finger and pour in 3 - 4 Tbls. water. Begin pulling the flour from the inner wall of the well into the liquid Add more water and continue forming a paste until the flour has absorbed as much water as possible with becoming hard or dry. Knead vigorously on a lightly floured board until the dough is smooth and elastic. Form the dough into a ball and cover for a few hours.
To make the 'little ears', pull off a scant handful of the dough. On a lightly floured board, roll the dough into a rope about 3/4 inch in diameter. Cut the rope into slices no more than 1/8 inch thick to form small circles of dough.
Now put one of these circles into the cupped palm of your hand and, with the thumb of the other hand, press and turn the circle at the same time to form a dent in the center that will spread the dough a little on each side.
Repeat with all of the remaining dough, placing the orecchiette on a lightly floured cloth as they are made.
The orecchiette are cooked with meat sauce, ricotta cheese and turnips with fortigna.
To make parmigiana first you need to prepare the tomato sauce, placing in a pan the onion and garlic, with 4 tablespoons of olive oil. Fry for a few minutes, then add tomato souce, salt and basil leaves. Preparation
Wash the aubergine and cut into slices. Put them in a bowl large enough to contain them all, arrange them in layers and sprinkle each layer with salt. Let the aubergine stay for at least 1 hour, so they can expel a good part of the bitter liquid that characterizes them.
Remove them from the bowl, rinse under running water and dry thoroughly. Put them in the flour and beaten eggs. Then prepare a pan with a little 'oil, fry them until they are golden on both sides and let them dry on a paper towel.
Grease a baking dish, sprinkle the bottom with a little sauce and have a first layer of aubergines b placed side by side without overlapping.
Pour a little sauce and sprinkle grated cheese.
Cut slices of soft cheese (fontina cheese, mozzarellaan, etc) and put them. Prepare the second layer, arranging the aubergine in a direction opposite to the previous one and keep covering them with sauce, then cheese and finally, slices of soft cheese, until all the ingredients.
Finally put tomato souce and grated cheese. Put the “parmigiana” in the oven to 200 degrees for 40 minutes.
Le pittule Ingredients: 1 kg of flour warm water salt yeast olive-oil or sunflower oil
Put the flour, the salt and the yeast, dissolved in warm water, in a bowl Mix the ingredients until the dough is soft and smooth.
After that, using a spoon take some mixture and put into the hot oil. Fry the little balls until they are of a golden color. With a cotton cloth, cover the bowl in order to allow the dough to rise
Place them on a on a paper towel. You can add ingredients such as salt cod, boiled cauliflower, olives, anchovies, tomatoes and peppers
The pittule should be eaten very hot. If you like you can also eat pittule with honey.
Ingredients 1 kg of flour 00 1 tablespoon full of sugar 1 brewer’s yeast 4 big mozzarelle 1 tablespoon full of salt 3 tablespoons full of extra virgin olive oil 3 tablespoons full of white wine 250 gr of peeled tomatoes
Put the flour on the pastry board like a fountain, pour the sugar in the middle, then the oil, the extravirgin olive oil, the salt and the yeast melted in two glasses of tepid water.
Mix well and add some tepid water till you obtain a very soft and elastic dough. Make a block,, cover it with a cloth and let it rising (in a hot place): half an hour will be enough When the rising has finished, take the block, work it one more time and get from it some balls, big as an orange. Cover them again with a wet cloth and let them rising for half an hour. Now get from the small balls some disks of 15 centimetres of diameter.
Close it with the empty half and you will obtain a half moon. Take care of closing well around the edges helping your self with a fork. Fry in abundant oil (already hot), turning panzerotti till they become gold. Serve them very hot, taking care not to burn yourself with the stuffing. In a half put some mozzarella and some peeled tomatoes.
Gnemmarieddri Ingredients: 1 offal (lung, liver, spleen, heart and lamb) Grated pecorino cheese Ground pepper Sale Parsley
Wash and mince the giblets, then dress them with pecorino cheese, salt, pepper and parsley. Roll them with the ingredients and wrap with the guts of a lamb. Stew or roast them. Preparation Preparation Already a delicacy that appealed to Ulysses, as reported’s Odyssey.
Ingredients: 25 g of yeast 1 / 2 kg flour 2 teaspoons sugar A little 'oil A pinch of salt Water Tomato Mozzarella cheese
Preparation Pour the flour onto a pastry board and add the yeast, put the sugar and mix everything, then add the salt and continue mixing.
At the center of the compound to make a hole and put a little 'oil, add water and knead until the mixture becomes compact
Then beat the mixture vigorously 3 times on the table, give a round shape to the mixture, cover with a damp cloth and let rest for 30 minutes.
Divide the dough into small pieces and roll out with rolling pin, creating circles of thin
Fill with tomato and mozzarella, seal by folding the edge slightly and fry in oil 5-10 minutes, until they are completely gold
Ingredients 1 kg of flour 120 grams of butter 6 eggs 200 grams of sugar A little milk Oil as required A pinch of salt and baking soda Yeast A little anise Half bag of vanilla Orange and lemon peel A jar of honey
Put the flour and grate the orange and lemon peels.
Add the yeast. Melt the butter. Add salt and baking soda.