Have you been saving a special bottle to open with a spectacular meal? You know the one we mean. On #MarketMondays, I'll bring you photos of fresh bounty from markets around the world to inspire you to cook, create and travel. I ask only one question in return - "What dish would you make and what would you drink with it?"
Today, we fancy ourselves returning to the historic 'Vucciria' market in Palermo. Crackling with energy---the twisting back alleys of the market are overflowing with fresh produce and beautiful fish. Stall owners hawk their wares (and trade insults) in colorful Sicilian dialect or spontaneously burst into song. It's a 'must visit' on any trip to Sicily.
These perfectly ripe tomatoes catch our eye. We buy as many as our bag can hold. Now, imagine the smell of thinly sliced garlic sautéd in olive oil. Add these luscious beauties for a few minutes and then toss with al dente pasta, fresh torn basil leaves and a bit of Pecorino cheese. Serve with a bottle of Nerello Mascalese from the slopes of Mount Etna. In an ideal world, we would serve this feast on a terrace under the Sicilian sun with family--talking loudly, gesturing wildly and savoring each bite.
We want to know. What would you make with today's bounty? And what wine would you serve with it? Buon Appetito!