Calabrians are known throughout Italy as good ‘ole southern folks … a tad paesani, maybe but generous people who produce some of the best food in Italy.
Mushrooms … eggplant … sausage … ahhh, Calabria.
However, La Cucina Calabrese is actually pretty simple. According to many of the chefs here, the more simple the dish – the better it will be.
There are a few staple ingredients used in almost all of the recipes we reproduce.
>> Olive Oil
In fact, I’m trying to think of a recipe that doesn’t include at least one red – or green - bumba. This one and this one do, for sure.
We had a semi-crisis at casa mia last year when we ran out of fresh peppers but luckily the stores stock ‘em, too. This year we planted four plants and man are these suckers spicy. In fact, I learned a new expression after we added them to our homemade pizza earlier this year.
Focu meu is Calabrese dialect and it literally means “my fire” but actually translates more as “This F*!!#@ bomb is exploding inside my mouth – somebody save meeeee!!!” … or something like that.
Do you like hot peppers? Where did you find the hottest pepper you’ve ever had? What are you favorite spicy dishes?