Monday, June 30, 2008

Keep It Simple!

Keep It Simple, that's my motto, in the kitchen and in my life. Which is, unlike one might think, easier said than done. At least when you don't want to risk to slip from "simple" into "plain". Especially with food.

Instinctively I hate it when too many flavors are combined to the point that you cannot tell one from the other. To me, just like in music, harmony does not take a whole bunch of notes to sound beautifully. Three of them and you have your perfect chord, right? Same in my kitchen. BUT....eheheh...of course there's a BUT! Those few ingredients must be excellent quality. That's all that you need to know about it. So don't rush adding this and that to your recipe, try on the contrary to do the opposite, to figure out what you can take out instead, but do not settle for second best in terms of quality. If I still have not convinced you, follow these easy steps to my "simple=delicious" test and then let me know.

1) SLICE OF GOOD BREAD (Tuscan, preferably. If not, a nice fresh baguette will do the trick)

2) CLOVE OF GARLIC (can't go wrong with that. Don't you even think of going reach for the garlic powder I KNOW you have in that spice cabinet of yours...)

3) GOOD EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL. (Italian. Double-check that label, please. Thaaank you!)


OK, now grill the bread. Peel the garlic. As soon as the bread is ready, yes while it's still VERY hot, energetically rub the garlic over the bread. Pinch of salt. Drizzle with EVOO, as someone cuter than me would say...

Now comes the best part. Sit (imperative). Slowly bring the bruschetta to your mouth. Oh, I did not tell you it was a good "bruschetta" I was talking about? Bad Dani!

Now shhhhhhh.....*crunch*....*crunch, crunch*...*crunch, crunch, crunch*. No other words necessary. Now you tell me, after the test: is this plain or....SIMPLY heaven?

Sunday, June 29, 2008


Who would have ever guessed? I, Daniela Moro Williams, almost computer illiterate, barely a family cook but nevertheless convinced I can teach, have my own blog and it's about the two keywords of my life: LOVE and FOOD! Up till yesterday I hardly even knew what a blog was (well, I STILL hardly know what that is, but now I own one). It's all Silvia's fault, but this is a long story. Now all I need to know is how to use it. Hey, who cares? Again, I can still say I have one! I feel like I am driving a brand new car. If I don't wreck it in the next few minutes you'll have something tasty to read about in the near future... :-)