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28 August 2013

Clams in Prosecco



My week at the Italian and French Riviera has passed. I have been home for exactly 2 days and still, I feel the exhaustion from the trip. Reality plopped itself down right in front of me immediately as soon as I stepped inside our house. I missed it. I missed my daughter too, who for this trip, decided not to come with us because she wanted to stay with her nonna (grandmother) & zia (grandaunt), go to the beach everyday, color her coloring books and stay in a tranquil ambience in the company of two of her favorite people. This she told me in a serious tone while playing together. I have to respect that, coming from a 3-year old.


Sometimes, my husband and I make sure that both our kids get separated for a while. We would like them to understand themselves without relying and copying each other and establish their own personalities. In fact, after a week of being apart, we all saw the changes in them. Raising kids is one of the most difficult things an adult can face. We found that a few days of separation works wonders. 

I like traveling alone with my kids. Last year, I took my daughter to France which she enjoyed immensely and even thought that she was French herself when we came back home to Italy. I took a little backpacking trip with my son a couple of years back, taking trains to reach our destination. There was a big smile pasted on his face the whole time. In a few years, these moments will be lost when they would rather stay with their friends. I just wish that both of them would remember the trips we had been doing.


The Riviera, both the French and Italian side, had amazing seafood gastronomy. Simply done with garden-grown herbs and vegetables and freshly-caught seafood cannot compare with the other dishes I have had. It's a great experience all on its own. 

Rekindling my fond memories of the past days, here is a recipe that I find apt for this moment. Here is a very simple dish of vongole (clams) cooked in prosecco (Italian sparkling white wine).  It's one of the best ways to enjoy vongole and I hope you will like it.  

Buon appetito!


 

Clams in Prosecco

Ingredients:
Serves 4
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 chili
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped finely
  • 1 kilo clams
  • Fresh parsley, chopped finely
  • 300 g. cherry tomatoes, halved 
  • ½ cup prosecco (or champagne)
  • Salt (optional)
  • Pepper
  • Slices of bread

Directions:
  1. Sauté 1 garlic & the chili in a saucepan with oil until golden.  Add the clams. Make them all open.  Discard closed ones. 
  2. Filter the liquid by making the clams & sauce pass through a sieve. Set aside the broth in a container and the clams in another container.
  3. In another saucepan, sauté the other garlic & about a tablespoon of parsley.
  4. Add the tomatoes.  Cook for 5 minutes.
  5. Add the cooked clams, liquid and prosecco.
  6. Let it boil then simmer for 10 - 15 minutes.
  7. Season with salt (if still needed) & pepper.
  8. Sprinkle the rest of the parsley. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil.
  9. Serve hot with bread.