Saturday, 27 October 2012

Saturday Foodie Bit! At the change of the clocks.

Snow stops play! Well would
have done if wasn't November
last year!

Who is going to be early for the Sunday Lunchtime Pint?

A time of confusion in the next 24 hours will happen for some.  It is that time of year when we in the UK switch from Summer Time to Winter Time or to give it it's more official term Daylight Saving.  So if you haven't figured it out yet the clocks go back an hour.  So the pub opens an hour later (still same time but on winter time clock).

Have been spending Fridays recently, when there has been no work on, delivering my 70+ year old father (and mother) to Bury St. Edmunds for appointments.  Opposite the destination is the Greene King brewery.  Haven't really been inside yet but will do so at some point in the next few weeks.  The whole process of driving to Bury and waiting around for an hour and a half does not really give enough time to take the tour and sample the brews (driving and drinking being a non starter as well).  So the traditional Sunday Lunchtime chat and sampling of the brews in the Royal Exchange.

Had a wander around centre of Bury St Edmunds again.  There is a brew/wine making shop off the market square  that I have used before.  Angel Hill has a few butchers and obligatory pasty franchise shop.  A few pots and pans shops but not a lot of delis or shops selling local produce.  This is a great shame since Bury St Edmunds is at the heart of an area where great food is produced.  There is a market on Wednesday and Saturday, but yesterday was Friday!

So with the prospect of snow in the UK (hence the picture) I am going top share a not so Suffolk recipe but one from Sicily!  Still try to think winter is not here! I used Google Translate to share a starter last week from the Montalbano cook book.  My Italian is not great but we have enough latin based words in the English language to have a stab at the meaning.  Looking through the recipe book using Kindle Desktop I have selected a first course.


Pirciati ch'abhruscianu

Ingredients: (for 4 people)
400 gr. of pirciati (typical Sicilian pasta) or penne
80 gr. grated pecorino cheese
1 onion
4 cloves of garlic
4 anchovy fillets in salt
1 hot pepper
10 gr. of chiapparina (capers purposes)
40 gr. black olives
1 sprig of basil
olive oil
salt and pepper

In a frying pan with oil, fry the onion and garlic finely chopped. Add the anchovies, chilli, chopped, capers and olives. Cook the pasta in salted water, drain and toss with the sauce. Add the cheese to each dish, a few basil leaves and a sprinkling of black pepper to taste.

Campo, Stephanie (2010-04-08). The secrets of the board of Montalbano. Recipes by Andrea Camilleri (Italian Edition) (Kindle Locations 725-726). The green lion Editions. Kindle Edition.

The recipe could also be a light lunch.  What I like about this the fact you can all of this in a British supermarket with out too much trouble (even Anchovies most of the time!).  Also it does not have the supposedly essential Italian ingredient,  pomodoro or tomato!

May share a Suffolk recipe if this weather keeps up! 


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