giovedì 17 aprile 2014

Carciofi alla "Villanella" - Artichokes at the "villanella" (farmer mode)


Ogni famiglia siciliana e palermitana ha la sua ricetta. Io l'ho imparata da mia nonna Nella, madre di mia madre, la quale, dopo averli nettati delle foglie più dure e delle punte, li faceva spaccati a metà e messi in un sol strato in una padella, conditi con aglio a pezzetti, prezzemolo, sale, pepe e abbondante olio extravergine d'oliva e circa mezzo bicchiere d'acqua. Io ho apportato una piccola variante: spolverata di pangrattato tostato ("muddica atturrata" in Siciliano) e li lascio cuocere coperti per circa 20 minuti, o fin quando non risultano morbidi infilzandoli con una forchetta, senza mescolare.

In Palermitano, il carciofo diventa femmina: "a cacuocciula". L'"abitudine" linguistica di declinare alcune parole al femminile è un'eredità lasciataci anche in questo caso dalla dominazione araba. In Arabo, infatti, si dice "Al Kharsuf".



Artichokes[1] to the "Villanella[2]" (farmer mode)
Every sicilian and palermitan family have their own recipe. Well, I have learned it from my grandmother Nella, my mother's mom, which, after to have eliminated the harder external leaves and the extremity, did them broken to half and envoys in a only layer in a frying pan, seasoned with bits garlic, parsley and abundant extravergine olive's oil and a half glass of water. I have brought a small variation: dusting of bread crumb toasted ("muddica atturrata" in Sicilian language) and I let them to cook covered about 20 minutes, or until when they don't result soft pierced them with a fork, without mixing.




[1] “A cacuocciula” in Palermitan language. Many of the palermitans’ words are inflected to female. This linguistic "habit" drift from the Arab language. For example, "a cacuocciula" derives from "Al kharshuf."
[2] U viddanu (villano, in Italian), he who worked the earth and he generally lived in small villages. It was a simple person and without culture. In the common language the word has become synonymous of "boor".




[1] U viddanu (villano, in Italian), he who worked the earth and he generally lived in small villages. It was a simple person and without culture. In the common language the word has become synonymous of "boor".