The love to travel!!! I wonder sometimes if I was conceived while my parents were travelling.
To scratch a bit the travel itch (or to intensify it….I still can’t decide what the effect was) I started looking at pictures I took during some of my trips and a particular one brought back tasty memories – the trip to Sicily.
Sicily is one of those places where you don’t necessarily travel to visit historic places or to see natural beauties, but you go to stuff your face, you get your taste buds totally nuts.
I think I can place it next to my favourite foodies trips like Thailand, Greece in general and Crete in particular, Spain, France, Mexico or the rest of Italy. And this is not because Sicily doesn’t have to offer great natural wonders, just to mention here Mount Etna and you know that this island is simply gorgeous. The greek, roman, arab , french and spanish influences make this island particularly interesting in terms of food, architecture or people.
One of my first encounters with food in Sicily was Pasta alla Norma.
The story of this dish says that it was compared by Nino Martoglio, an Italian writer and poet, which was impressed with the deep flavours of the dish, with the splendor of Bellini’s opera Norma. Bellini was sicilian himself, born in Catania, no wonder he could create such perfect sounds after eating such this kind of food. Perhaps would I turn into a soprano if I would live in a place with such amazing flavours. Difficult to belive it as I have one of the worst voice I have heard, but its worth trying or at least dreaming :-)
The recipe is very easy and fast, getting you dinner in no time, the only down side is that you will be hooked on it for a while.
400 – 500 grams of casarecce or rigatoni
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cloves of chopped garlic
chilli pepper flakes
1 can tomato paste or 8 chopped medium tomatoes
6-8 leaves of basil
optional : chopped pistachio