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05Apr 14

Florence Panzanella, weekend top lunch!


Translation by Alessandra Dubini – Marlborough College

Yeah I know the panzanella isn’t something you would consider for your daily snack. A new recipe book called fascinated me: “ l’ora Della merenda”. This is a recipe book that has some simple and authentic recipes. But

I met Nicola Santini in a TV program “La prova del cuoco”, and I was struck by his politeness. I smile when I read his sharp comments because they could not be more real.

Nicola knows that I do not like the “celebrities” who pass by the scents in the kitchen, and when he told me about his book, in all ways wanted me to understand that it was to tell the true flavours and mouth-watering recipes of his family or friends. Do not let me down.

Everything is told with simplicity and recipes are those that create plates that enhance different individual flavours. Why “tea-time”? Why the snack is absolutely the most delicious moment. You can also buy the book I can promise you will not regret it.

But back to his Panzanella. A dish that may not be for everyone’s taste but it is very simple to prepare. In Milan, it’s hard to find Tuscan bread, but do not give up on this …

In his recipe, there are also eggs, which for the purists do not go there, but as I said … this is the recipe of his mother, and his mother is always right! Here is the recipe:

Florence Panzanella, weekend top lunch!
  • 800g stale bread
  • 1 red onion, Tuscan
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 large tomatoes salad
  • 1 bunch of basil
  • 2dl Tuscan extra virgin olive oil
  • 1dl red wine vinegar
  • Salt and pepper
  1. I crumbled the bread in a bowl and I doused with cold water
  2. I boiled the eggs with the shell, for 10 minutes from boiling
  3. I washed and cut the tomatoes into small cubes, onion slices and chopped basil with your hands
  4. In a bowl I mixed the squeezed bread, tomatoes, sliced onion, hard-boiled eggs cut into quarters, basil
  5. I seasoned with vinegar, oil, salt and pepper

Panzanella? The teatime, and only good things delicious

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