In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Food for the Soul (and the Stomach).”
When considering ‘food for the soul’ I have to look back at some of the origins of my favourite food
The Lords prayer says “Give us this day, our daily bread”, but If the Chinese, Italians (or even some of the English-Speaking nations) were writing this – It would probably read “Give us this day, our daily pasta”
Our Italian friends were introduced to Pasta by the Chinese – and not the dry durum wheat pasta you have to reconstitute in a pan to make it look good, I’m talking the real deal here…served up with spicy meats and served up in a delicious sauce. Marco Polo sold the delights of noodles to the Italian top brass – and the rest is history. A lack of Chinese spices at the time led to a modification of the sauces – as Tomatoes and other veg took their place – Neopolitana was born , later to be followed by the meat eaters favourite – Bolognaise.
Wednesday saw me celebrate a friends birthday at “Frankie and Benny’s” – a New York Style Italian Restaurant on the Quayside in Salford. The Menu was full to the brim of Italian and American Favorites and most of my favourites were there. I think the expression that could be used would be “Kid in a sweet shop”, – Penne with Pesto, Neopolitana , Cannelloni, Spaghetti – all my favorites were there. After a moment of pause – I eventually went for the Rigatoni, which arrived at my table piping hot…and containing all my favourite meats
Pepparoni, Salami, Ham all played hide and seek in the ceramic dish. They were joined by peppers and onions and tomatoes and I really enjoyed the taste.
Side dishes from the Onion rings to the House fries added new experiences.
But the One Constant to all of this
The Question – “Black Pepper ?”