Gina Lollobrigida, Ristretto, Ducati and Cannoli – what’s the question?

“Italian” is the answer to the question. Even though I remain a dyed in the wool Francophile, my sweetest memories of food are so often linked to the boot shaped country that gave us Vespas, Sophia Loren, Giotto, and Parmigiana Reggiano which, on their own, make a convincing list of style, beauty, creativity and deliciousness – the adjectives can be applied to the nouns in accordance with personal taste – but are but a shadow of the real list that Italy and the Italians have contributed to life’s pleasures, which brings me to these multicoloured peppers that begged to be made into “pepperonata”. This simple dish can knock ratatouille into a cocked hat and has the added advantage of improving day by day ( I could go on, but I have never succeeded in keeping any of it for longer than two days). A sweet onion is sliced and lightly coloured in olive oil for about 15 minutes; the peppers, that have been seeded and sliced into strips are added, with seasoning, and a lid put on the whole, which is left to simmer for a further 15 minutes; meanwhile peel and seed the same quantity of good tomatoes and add them to the pan. Let the mixture cook,uncovered, for a further 15 minutes or until most of the liquid has evaporated. Leave the unctuous mixture to cool, as it is at its best when warm. The simple accompaniment was Mozzarella Genovese, which is as amazing in taste as it is easy to make. Cut thick slices of buffalo mozzarella and dip them in flour, egg and fresh seasoned breadcrumbs. Turn them in hot olive oil, for about a minute on each side, and serve with the pepperonata. By the way, the question was ” What would be your favourite cuisine in the world, if you had to choose but one” QED – which is early Italian for “Bob’s your Uncle”.

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Photographer and film maker living in France. After a long career in London, my wife and I have settled in the Vendee, where we run residential digital photography courses with a strong gastronomic flavour.
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13 Responses to Gina Lollobrigida, Ristretto, Ducati and Cannoli – what’s the question?

  1. My mouth is watering. Why don’t I ever find purple peppers?

  2. Cecilie says:

    It looks lovely! Don’t forget that Italy gave France Catherine De’Medici who brought her own chefs to France, and introduced olive oil, Chianti wines and white beans to the French culinary lexicon.

    For some other food impressions, have a look at this video http://vimeo.com/27243869

  3. whatsaysyou says:

    Oh my goodness, I want to eat that picture. Nah, just kidding. That photo of that meal looks yummy 🙂

  4. ChgoJohn says:

    “QED,” indeed! I didn’t know that fried mozzarella was called Mozzarella Genovese. I do now, thanks to you. And thanks for the reminder to get peppers at the farmers market. Pepperonata is a must this time of year.

  5. It looks delicious and I like the rocket garnish. We’ve been eating a lot of this because of our very enjoyable pepper glut and I think I agree with you that it’s even better than ratatouille. I like to keep the aubergines separate to savour them as a different taste from the peppers. And you’ve reminded me of mozarella in carrozza, with slices of bread rather than breadcrumbs, which I haven’t made for far too long! (wouldn’t like to have to choose between all the different Mediterranean cuisines – I love them all)

  6. Hard to choose between so many great cuisines but with an Italian father I do have a little bias! Photo looks wonderful and now I´m craving peperonata and mozzarella.

  7. That would be my answer to the question too. Those peppers are just gorgeous. So is the dish, of course.

  8. ceciliag says:

    Super.. i can make this today too.. with the last of my mozzerella that i have NEVER pan fried before,.. off to the garden again.. thank you.. a perfect lunch.. c

  9. The buffalo mozzarella looks sinfully delicious.

  10. Karen says:

    Your writing always wins me over just as much as your photos. Today you got me with “unctuous”.

  11. ambrosiana says:

    What a great post Roger!! Well, what can I say of Italy?? It has given me more than that!! Jejejeje. Pepperonata is such a great dish! Even though I have never done it, I’ll give it a try!!

  12. Tandy says:

    Italian is by far my favourite cuisine, country and language! Lovely purple peppers 🙂

  13. ....RaeDi says:

    Wonderful… your pictures, the dish and your words….RaeDi Love the veggies colors!

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