Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Linguini Pomodoro

When we immigrated from the Philippines my mother found a lovely apartment in a very Italian neighbourhood. An entire family tree inhabited the entire apartment building beside us. I remember being summoned by my friends during tomato season, their Nonno paid all of us for helping clean and separate the tomatoes and I watched in awe and wonder as rows of tomatoes were put in and spat out of what looked like a very outdated machine. It was such a production, from the cleaning, separating and canning. However, the final product was something so lovely, so simply delicious that lasted all year long.

Touched by this ritual, every summer I go to the farmers market and buy bushels of tomatoes. This is a difficult task to manage as our farmers market is plonked in the ever busy union square and the only means of viable transportation I have is a cab. Seeing that this is just stage one of a multi-stage process, I'm sure you can see that this really is a work of love.

Tonight was a very bittersweet moment as I just consumed my last jar. The amazing thing about this sauce is that it takes so little to taste so good. You probably know by now that I'm a garlic fiend. You can use much less when you make yours! If you're feeling lazy or want a really simple pasta, just saute garlic and chili's in olive oil, add the sauce, toss in a good pinch of salt and 1/4 cup pasta water. Let it reduce a bit. Add your pasta so it's well incorporated and presto- an incredible meal.

I will make my tomatoes in late July/early August and will have the entire process articled for you:)

No comments:

Post a Comment