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  1. Franci

    Dinner 2020

    I am getting used to buying fish from the boat 😁 2 lobsters plus some vegetables on the side.
  2. Franci

    Dinner 2020

    Hello, finally moved into a new house! We are going to be grilling very often I am guessing 😄. As some of you might have seen on the other thread, we got fish directly from the boats. Super fresh, the octopus no, it was previously frozen. Very nice dinner.
  3. We finally moved and discovered we can buy directly from the boats on the island. This what we got for $21. I am going to love it!
  4. Sorry, I’ve been busy, moving this weekend! Glad you PM me
  5. Franci

    Dinner 2020

    Hi @Margaret. I can do now, this is very, very easy to make. Start with a clove of garlic and some extra virgin oil, then add some very good quality peeled tomatoes in can (crush them by hand or using a moulinex food mill if you prefer no seeds), add at least a couple cans full of water, It needs to be soupy, not a tomato sauce and cook on medium high. After about 10-15 minutes add any fish that will be good for soup (my father often use monkfish when cooking in the north of Italy, but in my hometown red scorpion fish or gurnard would be the preferred option), here I used a snapper head and
  6. Ohh, is there a Natoora in NYC now? When I was living in London (the UK forum was very active back then), around 2005 I was shopping from Natoora all the time, you would get daily deliveries from Italy and France. LOOOOOOVED it! Spiky artichokes from Sardinia and cheese from Corsica. Good times, plus Billingsgate market on the other side of the street. No Billingsgate market, after the last stop to the fishmonger, my daughter asked in panic when this all fish eating was going to stop, enough for her 😅😁
  7. Franci

    Dinner 2020

    I am desaparecida, moving this weekend!!! I am thinking tomorrow is going to be the last day of decent meals then we are going to have some days of uncertainty. I hate it! I think I will cook a good amount of hard boiled eggs, salads ready, tuna in jars and a couple of take out rotisserie chicken, smoked salmon and possibly a pizza. Tonight already very minimalist. NY strip, roasted potatoes, sauté cauliflower and beets. A couple day ago we bought a lot from the fishmonger, so I finally made a soup, kids didn’t appreciate I used broken spaghetti in it, instead of ditalini (tha
  8. Thanks for the mention, @Alex, welcome to the forum @cdesousa5. I was a baker but baking very little these days 😅
  9. Franci

    Dinner 2020

    Hola! So glad you got clams @Kim Shook 😋 Yesterday it was duck confit with carrots and broccoli stalks, mushrooms, rice and salad. And today I cooked hanger steak for the others, oh well, I had some too, and salad, plus bruschetta. A couple days ago, someone I know on FB was mentioning parmigiana and I was craving it so much, that I had to make it today. I don’t know if American youngsters have a food they crave when out in the middle of the night. For me, growing up, 2 options. Either go home and make spaghetti with aglio e olio or carbonara. But this is more wh
  10. Loved the video, thank you @heidih!
  11. Franci

    Dinner 2020

    Yes, but I cannot pick it to the right point I want it 😁 the darker it is the older is is too, the very light one is the freshest (and sometimes more difficult to grate). Need to look for a nice bottarga from Cabras, Sardinia. I’ll see what I can find 😃
  12. So, yes, we went to the fishmonger again. We got a mangrove snapper, 2 snapper heads, clams and 2 orate (sea breams) which I suspect are imported from Greece and these taste nice but since I know @heidihis going to ask, they taste different than the wild sea breams because they are fattier than the wild ones and it’s all saying since sea bream is a fattier fish to start in comparison to branzino. I think we’ll go more often with the mangrove snapper that is half the price, local and wild.
  13. Franci

    Dinner 2020

    It tasted fishy in a bad way for me...not as a whole fresh branzino, wild if possible. In all honesty, not all farm raised fish is created equal. In France too, you have different prices depending where the farm is located. The Greek and Turkish farm raised fishes are the notorious cheap one. I love spiny lobster. Like I love langoutines (that in Italian are called scampi, nothing to do with American scampi) but I dislike lobster and shrimps, love crabs. Ah, ah, so weird I am. Anyway, as predicted we went to the fishmonger, I will show you what we got in the other thr
  14. Franci

    Dinner 2020

    Husband bought some frozen branzino, I do not like the stuff. All the farm raised branzini to be found here, which I actually call it spigola (in the South of Italy it is called spigola and in the North branzino) comes from Turkey. They quality is so so. Today I think there will be a trip to the fishmonger.
  15. Franci

    Dinner 2020

    For my son actually I have high hopes. For the chicken recipe I have to credit him to be honest. He is 13 and can manage. Definitely he knows that he has such high standards that he needs to take care of himself if he doesn’t want to be disappointed outside when he will be on his own. There is the egulleters way of eating and the outside world way of eating 😁 even my 9 years old is getting to understand it.
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