Continuing with the salad, I have got another favorite: panzanella. It’s an Italian type of salad, which takes its name from bread. The reason is simple – it’s made with bread.
To make it you will need stale bread; my personal choice is ciabatta. It’s fine just as it is, but you can fry little chunks in olive oil or roast it in the oven till its golden brown. Apart from bread you need vegetables. Any you fancy, but tomatoes are essential.
1 small ciabatta cut into cubes
1 yellow pepper
1/2 cup olives
1/4 cup capers
4 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp lemon
1 tsp balsamic vinegar
salt and pepper
1. Cut everything into chunks. You can add garlic or onion or any vegetable you have. Mix everything. Prepare dressing by mixing olive oil, lemon juice and balsamic vinegar. You can replace the vinegar with wine if you prefer. Add salt and pepper.
2. Add fresh basil to the salad, mix with the dressing. Let the bread soak all the juices before you serve.
Now, to serve it with, I’m going to recommend a film you’ve probably never heard of. If you have, you might think I’m crazy, but in my opinion, it’s going to work.
The film is called ‘Ugly, Dirty and Bad’. I can’t even tell you what it’s about, the title says it all. If you are tired of watching films about polished families and well behaving children, it’s a film for you. My favorite scene is when the wife is trying to poison her husband with the little help of the family members…so inspiring…
I don’t want to spoil it, so just watch it with panzanella and enjoy it. You won’t regret it.