ARANCE, LIMONI E MANDARINI are so common in Sicily that when the right season hits you can find them almost at every corner, displayed in huge piles, or arranged in cases and you can buy them in big quantities at a really reasonable price. Unless, as it often happens, you have your own trees or, even better, know somebody who grows them (uno zio? Un cugino?).
All this preamble was just for you to imagine my reaction when I first saw how much they charge for their beautiful and individually-waxed oranges here in Philly (due per un dollaro? Che affarone!). Would you believe that in Sicily they are even studying oranges’ use as bio-fuel??? INCREDIBILE MA VERO!!
Although I doubt you’ll ever find yourself pondering what to do with your oranges – I guess it’s only a Sicilian problem – you should definitely try this salad.
Ingredienti per 4 persone:
- 4-5 oranges – ARANCE
- 3 green onions – CIPOLLETTA FRESCA
- crushed red peppers – PEPERONCINO
- salt to taste – SALE
- olive oil – OLIO D’OLIVA
Peel the oranges, removing all the white, slice and cut them in chunks. Add the green onions thinly sliced and season with salt, red peppers and olive oil. This is a very simple but very good recipe, vedrete, you’ll see! Besides, sometimes the simpler, the better! Try it and let me know what you think!
PILLOLA D’ITALIANO! Singular nouns ending in -CIA or -GIA will have the plural in -CIE or -GIE if they have a vowel before the endings (think about the word camicia, shirt, that in the plural will be camicie). If -CIA or -GIA are preceded by a consonant, like in the fore mentioned noun arancia, their plural will be -CE or -GE. (arance, as I said, and never arancie, please!).
I can hear my daughter going “BOORING!”, CHE NOIA!!. Well, if you were curious, now you know! And if you weren’t, hope you’ll at least enjoy the salad!