‘Maccu’ ~ Broad Beans Recipe

macco‘Maccu’ is an old and poor dish, cooked in the entire Sicily island with many variations. In some village it is cooked with short pasta, some other with beans and different aromatic herbs. The tradition wants this dish as main dish the day of Saint Joseph, 19th March in Italy. This is also Father’s day for Italians.

Note: some broad beans package suggests to let them soak for 6 hours. Just check what is written on the back of your package and follow its directions.

Time:Ā  2 hours

Ingredients:Ā  4 portions

  • 500 gr dehydrated broad beans ( or double amount fresh without skin)
  • 1 onion
  • 250 gr peas in a can
  • 4 tbs e.v. olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • wild fennel **( or you can use one jar of already prepared…) This last ingredient is very rare outside of Sicily, maybe some fresh dill could be used as substitution or just skip it.

1. Peel, wash and cut finely the onion. Put 2 tbs in a pot, when it start frizzling, add your onion. After 3 minutes, add also the broad beans.

2. Add 800 ml water, put lid on, and cook for around 1 hour and half, low temperatureĀ  – add some wild fennel if you have it. Every once in a while, stir it and use the spoon to smash apart the broad beansĀ  to obtain a cream consistency.Ā  When they are perfectly melted and almost fully cooked, add 250 peas, salt, and pepper. Cook for other 10 minutes.

Let it cool down a little bit and add 2 tbs e.v.oil. It is served lukewarm.

and.. Buon appetito!

 

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Lentil Soup ~ Recipe

lentils_soupI cook lentils every week; they are a good resource for many nutrition components and it’s a good way to reduce the quantity of meat in our diet. When I don’t have enough time, I just put 1 carrotsĀ  and one onion inside the pot without chopping them, they release anyway all the flavor.

In Italy, it is tradition to eat them for New Year’s Eve, right before the midnight. We say that lentils bring good luck and money. We also wear red underwear for good luck, but that’s another story!

Time: prep: 8 hour soaking in cold water (better the night before for the next morning) + 1 hour cooking

Ingredients:Ā  forĀ  6 portions

  • 500 gr lentil (good quality one: I prefer red lentils or small ones)
  • 2 big carrots
  • 2 onions
  • 1 tbs concentrate tomatoes sauce
  • 2 laurel oak leaves
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 stick fresh celery
  • olive oil, pepper, salt
  • rosemary

1.Peel and wash onions and carrots and mix them in the electric chopper or cut finely with a knife.

2. Heat 1 tbs olive oil in a big pot and, when it starts frizzling, add carrots and onions. Let them fry, until they are golden.

3. Add your lentils, laurel oak leaves, rosemary, 1 tbs concentrated tomatoes, 1 stick fresh celery ( so it is easier to remove) and two big glasses of water, until the water cover all lentils. I cook them with low heat, with a lid on, for 45 minutes. Then I check them to see if they are ready. I add pepper and salt, when they are near to the end of being fully cooked.

and… Buon appetito!

Potatoes Soup

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Time: 10 min prep + 25 min cooking

Ingredients: (for 4~6 portions, depends if you use it as main dish or side dish)

  • 700 gr potatoes
  • 5-6 garlic cloves
  • 1 tbs rosemary
  • 1 tbs oregano
  • parsley
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • pepper and salt

This recipe is amazing against cold weather, such as the one that I am experiencing right now in Dresden. Immediately lift you up :) This is another recipe from my Daddy,very simple and with a strong taste.

1. Peel, wash and cut your potatoes in small chunks, but not too tiny.

2. Put in a big pot with garlic cloves without their skin. Fill your pot up with water till your potatoes are fully immersed. Add 1 tbs rosemary,1 tbs oregano and 1 tbs olive oil.

3. Turn a medium heat and put a lid on. Don’t forget to season it with salt and pepper. Better if you start with small quantities and add more later, when it is almost cooked. Cook for 25 min.When is ready do go, add fresh parsley.

And.. buon appetito :)