Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Andaluces por el Mundo

Julio and Javier from Andaluces por el Mundo came to film us yesterday. Papa took them all around San Francisco, showing them some of his architecture -- the offices in the Ferry Building, and 135 Main. He took them on a cable car ride up to Nob Hill, and showed them Rafa's school.

I thought that I could show them some regional gastronomic specialties, so I made cioppino and caesar salad. And salami and cream cheese for a tapa. And of course we had wine from Sonoma County, and sourdough bread, and cheese from Marin. They weren't really into regional gastronomy, though. So much for my attempt to show a few Europeans that we really do have good food in America!

Cioppino adapted from the San Francisco Chronicle

1 white onion, chopped
1 large garlic clove, chopped
1 shallot, chopped
1 cup italian parsley, chopped
--saute the above in 1/2 cup good olive oil

2 large cans of diced tomatoes with puree
1 can of tomato sauce, 12 oz
2 bay leaves
1 t. oregano
salt and pepper to taste
--simmer for one hour

1 lb white fish cut into small pieces
1 lb sea scallops
1 lb shrimp
2 cups dry red wine
-simmer for 15 minutes longer

Serve in soup bowls with fresh sourdough bread and butter.

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