Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Countdown to Christmas - Seasonal Produce

Mercato Trionfale is full of beautiful produce at this time of year. Here is what you can expect to find.


Artichokes
The best thing about these violet artichokes is that they come ready prepared. I love watching the stall holders whittle away the little beauties, they make it look so easy. In this recipe for Carciofi alla Romana, Rachel Roddy includes a video of how to trim them yourself, should you be so inclined. Me? I'd go for the easy option every time.




Pumpkin
Again, these are prepared in handy sized wedges. There are many local varieties of pumpkin but these orange fleshed ones are perfect for Pumpkin risotto 



Chestnuts
The aroma of roasting chestnuts is the scent of Christmas and while you could just enjoy them as they are, Rachel has a chickpea & chestnut soup recipe that is just begging to be made for a cold winters evening.


Puntarelle
Puntarelle is a type of chicory which is a delight to eat but a pain to prepare. Lucky shoppers in Roman markets can get theirs  'ready to go'. A garlic & anchovy dressing is all that is needed to complete the dish.


Finally,who wouldn't be tempted by the display of seasonal flowers .

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