Il radicchio rosso è di stagione, perchè non usarlo in modo un pò diverso dal solito e condirci la pasta?
Si tratta di un condimento veloce da preparare, vegetariano e piuttosto leggero.
In una padella fate rosolare brevemente uno spicchio d’aglio in olio di oliva extravergine (circa 2 cucchiai a persona). Lavate e tagliate a piccole listarelle la quantità desiderata di radicchio rosso. Io qui a Londra lo trovo in piccoli cespi allungati e uno a testa è sufficiente.
Aggiungete il radicchio quando l’olio è caldo (non bollente!), poi lasciatelo cuocere a fuoco basso con mezzo bicchiere di vino bianco, pepe, peperoncino e sale se necessario. Se vedete che il tutto si asciuga troppo in fretta, aggiungete un altro filo di olio o poca acqua calda.
Se volete rendere la ricetta più golosa, potete personalizzare con della panna.
Nel frattempo cuocete la pasta; io ho scelto le penne rigate immaginandomele ripiene di ottimi pezzetti di radicchio. Quando sarà pronta, scolatela e versatela nella padella, poi saltatela un minutino insieme al radicchio.
Per il gran tocco finale vi consiglio di completare i piatti con un pizzico di pepe macinato fresco e parmigiano o pecorino a piacere.
It’s cold and damp outside, I have the rest of the working afternoon in front on me and I need a hot drink. Moreover, I would prefer my drink to be caffeine free because I already had a tea and a coffee today… Oh dear, what shall I do?
30 seconds of thinking hard…
I have lime, I have ginger, I have honey, I have a kettle! It’s time for an experiment. Et voilà:
This is good! I prepare a cup of hot water and add: a big slice of lime, two small slices of ginger cut into pieces, a teaspoon of honey. Drink is done!
Overall the taste is more delicate than expected; next time I will add more ginger and it will be perfect. The combination of zesty, ginger and sweet is very pleasant. I’m pretty sure lemon would also work well instead of the lime. Easy and soothing on a cold January afternoon. Enjoy.
During my Christmas holiday, I saw a rough looking soap in the bathroom’s cupboard and found out it was something my dad recently bought in France. It turns out this is not just a soap bar, but a piece of Aleppo soap.
Savon d’Alep: I knew nothing about it, but apparently it’s one of the best soaps you can buy, fact. It’s a completely natural product and it has been made in exactly the same way for centuries.
Its two main ingredients are olive oil and laurel oil. It’s an ancient soap made with an old recipe and it comes from a Syrian region, Aleppo, hence the name.
I tried it (obviously!) as I was originally rummaging my parents’ bathroom in order to find something for dry skin and I was quite impressed. I used it to wash my face and it felt very gentle: I didn’t get that super-dry-from-aggressive-soap feeling afterwards and the scent is very delicate.
I got curious about it and found some good information on Wikipedia (where my images come from), the skin properties section is quite amazing. The soap is also recommended for skins irritated by dermatitis and can be used as shampoo.
If you also like the idea of using a natural, environment friendly soap that keeps ancient traditions alive you might also enjoy this video about how this incredible soap is made: just the process in itself is worth watching, it’s in French but images are very eloquent.
I am still not sure about where you can buy this in London, but fear not! It can be easily ordered online from websites that will provide additional info on this wonderful soap. You can also order it from Amazon.