Showing posts with label olive trees. Show all posts
Showing posts with label olive trees. Show all posts

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Poached "Crazy Water" Sea Bass

Pesce all'Acqua Pazza or "Crazy Water Fish" originated in Capri and was a very popular recipe in the 1960's. Why is it called "crazy water" fish? The term originates from peasants who had the job of making wine for their landlords and the small amount of wine they had leftover they used for themselves and as resourceful as they were, was kept to ferment with grape stems and seeds mixed with large quantities of water and the result was basically water colored with wine thus the term crazy water.  

So how does this apply to the recipe? The original "acqua pazza" recipe was made by taking the fresh catch of the day and poaching it in seawater, olive oil and cherry tomatoes, turning the color of the water similar to the watered down wine mentioned above.  

It's a very simple and light recipe and it really only takes about 20 minutes to make. 

I took two medium sized European Sea Bass but you can use any type of white fish you have for this recipe. Gut the fish...I know gross...but someone's gotta do it! Put a large clove of garlic cut in half in the belly of fish along with some parsley and a pinch of salt. 

Add water to the pan covering only half of the dish as well as 3 tablespoons of olive oil and a cup of white wine.  Cut about 5 cherry tomatoes in half and add to the pan along with a handful of green olives. 

Bake for about 20 minutes in a preheated oven at 220°C.

At this point the fish has absorbed the water and is super moist, You will find that the skin detaches from the meat very easily and cleaning it is not at all difficult.  

Clean the fish placing the meat in a separate plate and add the tomatoes and olives along with some of the extra water that was left in the pan for more flavor. 

Serve with a salad on the side and you have yourself a healthy omega-3 packed meal :-)

Hope you enjoy this easy and very Mediterranean recipe! 

Monday, November 9, 2015

Secular Old Olive Groves "Xyl-Italy"

I was in the Apulia Region (South Eastern Italy aka "the heel of the boot") this weekend visiting some relatives of mine and saw the most beautiful olive groves... miles and miles of secular old olive trees that were just breathtaking. Nature is amazing I tell you...

The Apulia region is famous for its olive groves but unfortunately many trees have been devastated by a bacterial disease known as Xylella which is spread by none other than a field bug. 241,000 hectors of olive groves have been restricted and this disease has had devastating effects on the local economy. The Apulian olive groves are a symbol of the region and the government really has not been taking any kind of action to save these trees. 

The neighboring countries, namely Greece and France fear that the disease will spread. The European Union protocol requires the destruction of all the trees for a mile around the border. This disease dries the trees out completely making them look as if they are burnt. The pictures that I took here are of healthy olive groves (thankfully) but the whole country fears for the health of Italy's olive groves. 

You can't really see it that well but pictured above are mature olives that have fallen to the ground. There were so many of them! 

A young lady from the Apulia region, Azzura Cuomo, participated in an International Cake Design contest in Birmingham, England last week where she won the silver medal for her design.  She named her cake "Xyl-Italy". With this design she wanted to express, on an international level, that this problem isn't just a problem of southern Italy but it is a problem that all of Europe faces therefore we should do all that is possible to try and save the trees instead of destroying them completely. 

The woman on the cake represents Italy that is divided in half.  The left side is shown listening with olive oil coming out of the breast which represents nourishment for the children of the earth.  The right side is shown with the hand covering the ear and the tree shrivelling up which is destined to die. The red X on the belly is the symbol that has been put on the infected trees that are to be cut down. It really is very sad and moving. We need to protect mother nature and defend it, not kill it...