Today is not only St. Patrick’s Day. It’s 150 years since Italy became a unified country. There were lots of official celebrations today all over the country and in the Italian communities living abroad. In Rome, air force jets streamed green, white and red smoke in the colors of Italy’s flag. The band played the national anthem. One of the men responsible for Italy’s unification is Giuseppe Garibaldi. He is considered a national hero who led approximately 1,000 red-shirted soldiers in the fight to conquer Sicily and Naples in 1860. One year later, in 1861, he successfully handed all of Southern Italy to King Victor Emanuel in order to create what is known today as the Italian Republic.
I’d like to post a recipe that I LOVE. Insalata Caprese is one of the foods that represent Italy. Not only for its colors. It’s a salad from the Italian region of Campania. Properly made Insalata Caprese is one of the simplest and most delicious of dishes. It requires only the right ingredients and the right season.
Just a note: you can use the simple mozzarella but one of the essential ingredients is mozzarella di bufala, a specialty of the Naples region. This is rather expensive even in Italy and available here, via air, only in specialty stores.
fresh mozzarella cheese
4 tablespoon oil
Slice tomatoes and arrange on a plate. Slice thin discs of mozzarella cheese and place between each tomato. Top with basil leaves and pour the oil over tomatoes.