maggio 27, 2009
He brought up mum and aunt Silvana all by himself. He was a man of old times, a mason, but he was also very good in cooking. He loved dried cod and herring: he used to fry herring in his tiny kitchen and you could tell it from miles.. the whole house was surrounded by smell and smoke!
He used to have a peculiar breakfast coming home from his vegetable garden: tuscan bread, tomatoes and onion!
This is how my grandfather Remigio used to cook salted cod: he added potatoes to the traditional recipe, which add softness and taste.
- dried cod previously soaked, 500 gr
- ripe tomatoes, 600 gr
- medium potatoes, 2
- garlic, 1 clove
- onion, 1/2
- white flour, a bit to flour the cod
- salt & pepper
- parsley to decorate
Cut the cod into 5 cm chunks. Pad them with some paper and flour them on both sides.
Peel potatoes and cut them into thin slices, then flour them too.
Fry cod chunks in a large non-stick pan until slightly golden. At the end, fry potatoes too.
Set aside in a dish with some cooking paper to loose extra olive oil.
In the meantime, make the tomato sauce.
Heat 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil in a non-stick pan with a whole garlic clove and some finely chopped onion. Add 2 tablespoon of water to cook through the onion: it is supposed to be tender. Add the tomatoes, cut into small pieces, season with pepper and cook for at least 15 minutes, until it gets a liquid but thick tomato sauce.
Put cod and potatoes in a terracotta saucepan and cover with tomato sauce. Add salt only if needed.
Reduce to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes, so that all the flavours will be mixed together.
Sprinkle with some parsley and serve hot.