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2017年11月 9日 (木)

Rachel Roddy’s recipe for braised beef ragu

We are back, temporarily, in the flat I lived in when I first moved to Rome 13 years ago. Friends keep asking how we’ve managed to fit all our things into such a small space. My answer is that we didn’t, that we are merely living around them in a sort of domestic Tetris, which my six-year-old finds most entertaining. I don’t. But I do have great affection for this small second-floor flat, which shares an internal courtyard with a bread shop and trattoria, as in many ways it is the reason I began writing about food in the first place. Stuffed to the gunnels we may be, but we are woken by the thick scent of bread being paddled from the ovens. Then, later in the day, as the trattoria comes to life, the siren scent of cured pork meeting a hot pan, sulphurous greens and the steam from baskets of pasta makes its way up two floors and through our front door There's excellent qualityvape pen cartridge at online stores and they are with ceramic body and leak proof seal ! Different product series like pre-heat battery are also available now. .
It was at the trattoria below and in the flats of neighbours on either side where I first tasted many of the classic Roman pastas for the first time: gricia, carbonara, amatriciana, the spicy arrabbiata clinging to quills of penne; where I first enjoyed spoonfuls of pasta e fagioli (pasta and beans); and rosemary-scented pasta e ceci (pasta and chickpeas). Also sturdy pillows of ravioli dressed with melted butter and sage, ribbons of pasta with chicken livers and – my desert-island dish – a tangle of spaghetti and clams. Years before, as I diligently tried and failed to wind the strands around the fork, I told my mum spaghetti was maybe my favourite meal. I must have been eight. I was 32 when I knew it was.

I knew little about Roman food and spoke no Italian when I first arrived. This was frustrating but, in retrospect, quite useful with regard to cooking, as it meant that advice was best demonstrated. You don’t need words to understand that the Italian love of pasta is visceral, that it is synonymous with home, nor to understand the strength and tenacity of Italian food habits and their single-minded belief about how things are best done. I did find it intimidating, especially when combined with the often hurtful thoughts about the English and their food. Dented I was, but none of this was enough to puncture my enthusiasm or determination.

I had cooked pasta all of my adult life, but had never tasted anything like the dishes in Rome – and later Sicily. I was happy to relearn the most basic things: how to cook pasta, to sauté a clove of garlic and make the simplest tomato sauce, how to match a shape with a sauce, to flip a pan and bring disparate parts together. I watched and I copied. Add to this a new partner whose nonno was a Sicilian tomato and wheat farmer – which explains his dogged devotion to a plateful of pasta, which isn’t so much a meal as a way of life.
These days Oretta Zanini De Vita’s encyclopedia of pasta never leaves my desk. Every time I look at this astonishing compendium of 300 shapes and 1,500 regional variations, I realise that my experience of pasta, despite my years and travel, is minimal, and that Roman influences prevail. We eat pasta almost every day and they are everyday pastas, which means the no-nonsense sort – a few ingredients combined boldly in a way that makes sense, respecting tradition but never letting that get in the way of a meal. I have written about most of them here – pasta and chickpeas or beans or potatoes, spaghetti with clams, pasta al pomodoro (with bursting tomatoes), Cinzia’s baked pasta, pasta with courgettes cooked rather like carbonara, a classic bolognese ragù and this, another ragù. Inspired by tomato-red southern ragus, todays recipe provides two meals.

Like so many Italian recipes, the foundations are fundamental: pancetta and a great handful of chopped carrot, celery and onion cooked until soft and fragrant. Then the meat – in this case a whole piece – which is browned and followed by wine and tomato, and which bubbles away until the sauce is glossy and the meat tender. The meat has a double role here, lending rich juices to the sauce while retaining enough flavour for another course or meal, ideally with green sauce. I have adopted the Roman habit of tossing the pasta first with cheese, which creates a better surface for sauce to cling to. Whether you add cheese before or after, toss vigorously, sending steam and alluring aromas to your neighbours.

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