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By request of a reader, one of the most popular Southern Italian pasta sauces ever. Simple, affordable, healthy, delicious.

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Dramatis Personae, clockwise from the top left: hard pecorino, durum wheat bronze-extruded grooved macaroni, anchovy fillets, scotch bonnet chile, marjoram, onions, garlic. Lead role: peeled tomatoes. Tonight, the play is Arrabbiata, a very popular, affordable and healthy Southern Italian pasta sauce. Done properly, this is heaven on a plate with very little calories attached. Make sure you use pecorino, a hard Italian sheep milk. There are dozens of pecorinos and you'll have to find one that agrees with you. I like them hard.

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Pasta all'arrabbiata [ah-rah-BYAH-tah] means angry pasta, in the sense of a dish that would have turned crimson red and volatile, like a scorned Sicilian woman. It is a tomato sauce with chilies, served with pecorino. Italians often use dried chile flakes (peperoncino) but I prefer fresh chilies. The strongest we can buy here is the notoriously inflamatory Scotch bonnet, one of the hottest chilies in the world, scoring 1-300,000 Scoville units. Why do I say this? Well, How much chile do I need FX? really depends on the chile you are using as much as on how much you are used to eat.

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If using a strong chile, make sure NEVER TO TOUCH it with your fingers, or you'll spend the night thinking red fire ants have crawled up your pants. Just use gloves or a fork and knive which you'll immediately wash. For 3 portions I used only the tiny bit cut in the picture above, thinly cubed.

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Peel and crush a couple garlic cloves and dice one onion.

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Fry the garlic in a little olive oil in a hot pan. Some people remove the garlic after it has flavored the oil. You'd definitely want to do that if you left it turn brown as it becomes bitter. But I don't brown it and leave it in the sauce.

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Add the onion, anchovy and chile. The anchovy fillet is not used in every recipe but gives an amazing hit-me-back taste. You won't need to add any salt if using those. Continue to fry over high heat until it starts to brown.

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Deglaze with a glass (half a cup) of red wine and scrape the bottom to dissolve any browned onion that would have stuck to the pan.

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In go the tomatoes ...

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... then some marjoram/oregano.

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Simmer for at least 20 minutes. Some people like large bits of tomato in their sauce, probably to emphasize their use of actual tomatoes. I prefer to mash them to a pulp.

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Fill your largest pot with water, add a bit of salt and NO oil. Bring to a boil, then cook the pasta until 1 minute undercooked ...

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... and remove to a dish until the sauce is ready.

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Combine sauce and pasta.

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In restaurants they usually pour the sauce over the pasta since the sauce has been cooking since time immemorial, but here we do home cooking and pasta is mixed with the sauce before coming to the table.

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Here we are - happiness in a saucepan with a very controlled amount of calories. And another view.

Published 14/04/2009
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  • #1
  • Comment by James Wang
  • on: 14/04/2009
Anchovy?!
Red wine?!
Garlic *and* onion?!

Francois...I love you man, but this is too much!
  • FX's answer→ Yes I guess this one is not served often in Benares, in Buddhist temples or in Yeshivas - most of the ingredients are not compatible with diets for people leading a life of contemplation!

  • #3
  • Comment by Jay
  • on: 14/04/2009
Bonjour François!

Indeed one of my favorite sauces! And the Anchovi really gives it that distinct flavor!
Thanks FX. I always enjoy reading your extravagant meals from all over the world, this one however I nice and easy to quickly make when there isnt much time and money at hand ...  a great meal to quickly fix in the evening!
So thanks and greetings from Hamburg!

Jay
  • FX's answer→ Indeed Jay, this is such an affordable dish, money-wise, time-wise and calorie-wise! Hope you'll get to try it!

  • #5
  • Comment by Rosa
  • on: 14/04/2009
A splendid pasta dish! I could eat that now!

Cheers,

Rosa
  • FX's answer→ It definitely gets the blood flowing and gets the diners sweating. Great with a strong red wine as a one-pot dinner!

Como se que te manejas con el español no usaré mi nefasto inglés :)

La receta está genial, a mi me encanta esta salsa y quería decirte que el último de tus vídeos es sencillamente una maravilla.

Un saludo cocinero.
  • FX's answer→ Un cordial saludo Javi! Sabes que yo tambien soy un Fransisco Javier? Soy muy feliz que te gusta mi video y receta de arrabbiata!

  • #9
  • Comment by Alan
  • on: 14/04/2009
I'm going to make this subito! like questa sera! Err, where do I get pecorino in Manila???

Thanks Francois, at least this recipe won't make me feel guilty about calories
  • FX's answer→ Alan you could perhaps substitute Pecorino with Parmesan, it would definitely make for a different dish but that would work. Otherwise there are a few hard sheep cheeses from France or Switzerland that might work. Or you can forget about the cheese altogether and enjoy calorie-free (almost!) pasta.

  • #11
  • Comment by Mitchell
  • on: 14/04/2009
Hi, I noticed you did not dice the garlic before you added it to the oil. What cases would you dice and not dice garlic? I always thought that dicing garlic would allow it to give the oil a garlic flavor faster, so it would be useful for stir-fry. But would adding whole garlic cloves give the dish a more subtle garlic flavor as it is slower to release flavor?

Great article you have, I could always use another spicy recipe; especially if it has pasta.

Mitchell
  • FX's answer→ Sure it would, but crushing the garlic under a knife blade is more macho and Italian, and is more common in this type of rustic cooking. Although you could certainly dice your garlic and get the same or better result, crushing it is more in line with the spirit of the dish. I recommend you try it once to see how fun it is, then decide which way you like best for the future!

  • #13
  • Comment by Corinne
  • on: 14/04/2009
Wow you are just ...............extravagantly.extraordinary,generously,remarkable chef/person with great taste, a lot of

class, as well as an outstanding photographer!!!!    since dicovering your website I feel I have won the lottery!!

I love good food ,colour,flavours, vibrant strong people,nature, animals,Life,  and your website!

Thanks for great recipes and hours of browsing!       Corinne
  • FX's answer→ Thanks Corinne, I guess the warmth of this sauce got under your skin! I hope you get to try this extraordinary dish. Happy reading!

  • #15
  • Comment by Maya
  • on: 14/04/2009
Mmmmm... I can almost smell it from here. :)
In my humble opinion, the simplest dishes are often the tastiest. Here you reminded me of my experience with one *evil* chili (homegrown!) a couple of years ago. I'll never forget that day. Seriously, people, listen to FX and do as he says!
Amazing photos... I don't find words.

Greetings from a faithful reader.
  • FX's answer→ Thank you Maya, yes terrible things can happen with chilies handled with bare hands. Amazing what it can teach us about oneself! By the way I love your marble eggs on your blogs, I have been meaning to do this for ages.

  • #17
  • Comment by ali
  • on: 14/04/2009
vey nice
  • FX's answer→ Thank you

Simple ingredients standing alone but they make such a symphony in the mouth when combined.  Apply this tasty sauce to mussels and you have Mussels Fra Diavolo (mussels a la the Devil).  

Love those big pasta tubes too... I favor the larger cuts of pasta.

<3 Chiffonade
  • FX's answer→ Sounds like a lovely variation, you could omit the anchovies and replace their hit-me-back and saltiness contribution with the mussels juice!

A lovely dish, and particularly good photographs!
  • FX's answer→ Thanks, I had to fight with my camera and change lens a couple times on this one!

  • #23
  • Comment by Biz
  • on: 14/04/2009
Normally you seem to be such a purist you hit the nails right on their heads as far as authenticity. But this is just too far off the map to be "all'arrabbiata". I'm certain that this is delicious, but shallots, marjoram, and if you want to be really fussy, even the habanero, completely change the flavors of this dish into something that doesn't resemble the original much. Of course, no body who isn't Italian or a purist of Italian cuisine will care or notice. This dish should really only have tomatoes, fresh or canned, garlic, hot pepper and basil. If it were cooked a bit longer than normal you might be able to get away with some onion, although it's not typical.

You were getting so many compliments, I thought it necessary to inject a dose of criticism! :)  
  • FX's answer→ I used onions, not shallots although I admit the picture can induce you in error, but the text is clear. Basil has too subtle flavors to go with such a hot sauce and in my opinion marjoram or oregano go much better. Some recipes call for parsley. Now for the peppers, well I think Italians use dried pepper flakes which are not always the best ingredients. With the minute amount of fresh pepper I used, only the capsaicin shows through, and the inherent flavor of the pepper cannot be perceived. Is there an official recipe for arrabbiata from a club like the Amatrice dell'Amatriciana? I see many variations of this recipe in Italy, some using Parmesan mixed with Pecorino, some add olives or even porcini. I stick by my guns.

  • #25
  • Comment by cookery
  • on: 14/04/2009
Careful FX, keep cooking like this and when your time finally comes you may find yourself reincarnated as a Sicilian Mama!!!
  • FX's answer→ Or a Scotch Bonnet Pepper perhaps?

  • #27
  • Comment by Allon Bogin
  • on: 14/04/2009
Although "Arrabbiata" means angry in Italian, this recipe makes me VERY calm. Through this article, I can acctualy smell and taste it. Yet, I am going to prepare it (just without the anchovy). Thank you
  • FX's answer→ Allon, do you not like anchovies or is this just not available where you live? If you just don't like it, I recommend you try with a tiny piece just to humor me, it's gonna disappear into the sauce but enhance its flavor in a mysterious way!

  • #29
  • Comment by Ivan Seligman
  • on: 14/04/2009
Hi!

Just a minor point. The actual fruit is called a "chile". The stew like dish cooked up in Texas and other spots is "chili".

I ate a slice of Scotch Bonnet by mistake, and steam shot out both my ears!

Ivan
  • FX's answer→ Thanks for the correction, hell how I miss my editor Beatrice these days! The steam out of your ears after eating raw Scotch Bonnet Chili is just a foretaste of a deeper hurt that is bound to follow within hours!

  • #31
  • Comment by Laura
  • on: 14/04/2009
This looks so delicious! Thanks for breaking it down for us. An Italian friend would make this all the time (sans anchovy) -- it was so good and simple. His Mom's was even better if possible. I never learned from him how to make it because he loved to do it and did it so regularly. It is such a satisfying simple supper.
  • FX's answer→ Oh but the anchovy disappears totally into the sauce and you won't know it's there until you start wondering where the delicate hit-me-back taste in the background is coming from. Really, do try it, it's like the chicken livers, they are pretty horrible on their own but bring Bolognese to a whole new level, without ever being present individually in the taste.

  • #33
  • Comment by Biz
  • on: 14/04/2009
I'm not sure why I said shallots, duhhhh, and then I forgot to include red wine and anchovies in my protest. Anyway. As far as the basil, I feel the opposite, I think oregano is too powerful, and it really isn't used so much in Italian pasta dishes, and Marjoram even less so. Herbs really aren't even essential to the dish really. At it's essence I think it's just a good clean tomato base with a hint of garlic and the star is the pungent dose of hot pepper. I like the flavor of dried peppers, and I think you're right, most italians will use them in this dish. They can be bland sometimes though and I agree using fresh improves the flavor. I like a bit of both personally. I just thought the Habanero has too particular a flavor that would overpower the dish but your right I suppose, such a small dose shouldn't be too evident. No, I don't believe there is an official recipe for this dish but I think it's just understood by most as being a certain way because it's so simple. I don't think the cheese is all that critical, although you're right, pecorino goes better and is more traditional. These days most southern Italians don't even use it anywhere near as much as past times, preferring Grana or Parmigiano, which is kind of ashame. At any rate, to each his own! I just think most southern Italians of 'less traveled' background would look at you sideways if you served this to them and called it Arrabiata! :)
  • FX's answer→ Yes, I checked my slow food books and most use only olive oil, tomatoes, garlic, fresh hot chile pepper and ... parsley. We do stand corrected!  I think we touch here the essence of the dichotomy in Italian cuisine. On the one hand, recipes are extremely flexible and chefs have a hard time writing down exact quantities and each family tweaks a traditional recipe its own way. On the other hand, when an outsider (even another Italian for 50 miles away) speaks or writes about a dish that is symbolic of a part of Italy, all hell breaks lose and the room fills instantly with pot-bellied ayatollah who each draw more exacting stipulations as to what the True Dish should be. Obviously, we end up in the most spartan minimalism.

  • #35
  • Comment by Anand
  • on: 14/04/2009
Oh ..the photos jumped out at me.. Very well done indeed!

The knife is missing this time around though :)
  • FX's answer→ Thanks, don't you agree that the red come out nicely against the black background?

  • #37
  • Comment by Avi
  • on: 14/04/2009
Hello FX,
Thank you for this simple and brilliant recipe.
Maybe i missed it, but how many tomatoes did you use, what kind and were they pealed?
Thanks,

  • FX's answer→ Avi, I used one can of peeled tomatoes for 3 portions.

  • #39
  • Comment by Biz
  • on: 14/04/2009
Well said FX! Now, what about an article on Napolitan Soffritto? I've only seen it, never eaten it, but it looks really delicious and I think it would/must be right up your alley?
  • FX's answer→ Oops, I am not such a fan of offal. Have you seen the shops that sell only tripes in Napoli? I mean, this is enough to send some of my readers to the Emergency Unit at their local hospital.

Another wonderful recipe.  I wonder if I could use habanero peppers in place of Scotch Bonnet?
  • FX's answer→ Absolutely!

  • #43
  • Comment by Randall
  • on: 14/04/2009
Wonderfully done, FX!  I really do think that the simplest ingredients make for the best meals.  I hope you don't mind, but I stole your beautiful final photo of the finished product for my PC desktop!  There's nothing like seeing a beautiful pasta dish on your screen every time you turn on your computer!
  • FX's answer→ Well done Randall, and I hope you summon the dish out from your screen and into your kitchen some day!

Magnificent!  Is there another cheese I can substitute?  My selection of cheeses is limited to what my local cheese shop has to offer...  I also wonder if you would be so kind as to offer us a decent Hungarian goulash recipe?
  • FX's answer→ Jake if you can't find pecorino you can use Parmesan - very different, but equally good.

  • #47
  • Comment by r-Q
  • on: 15/04/2009
FX,

this is something you can do with the remainings of your habaneros. We use it in Mexico to eat with Cochinita Pibil or any variety of tacos. But I recommend you to mix it with anything. Be brave to try "interracial" food. Possibly invented in the Yucatan peninsula.

Slice the habanero and mix it with sliced red onions.
Squeeze the juice of 3 or 4 limes (the more the better).
Add a little bit of oregano.
Let it rest for a night or two in the refrigerator.

By the way, you have any recommendations to maintain your knives ? How to sharpen them ? I am obsessed with the sharpness of mine but always fail to do it right and I get irregular edges. I've practiced a lot.

Incredible pictures and very nice articles.
  • FX's answer→ Thanks! I am usually not too keen too leave sliced onions around, even in the fridge, for more than 15 minutes as they act like sponges for bacteria... but I might try this.

    For knives it depends on the metal of your blade, you can field-sharpen them with a "fusil", that long round metal pin, but from time to time they need a little one-to-one with a grindstone.

  • #49
  • Comment by chef4cook
  • on: 15/04/2009
Anchovies!!! I love em in sauces like this.
  • FX's answer→ Yes they really enhance the flavor of the sauce, don't they?

  • #51
  • Comment by Oliver Stanton
  • on: 15/04/2009
You mention that this wonderful pasta dish is "healthy".
The science definitely supports that assertion!
I recently returned from a four day medical conference in Napa cosponsored by Harvard Medical School and the Culinary Institute of America entitled "Healthy Kitchens, Healthy Lives" and the Mediterranean diet (circa 1960's) is without dispute dramatically more healthy than most other diets (and there appear to be multi-factorial scientifically studied reasons for this).  Interestingly, this diet is not a low fat diet (up to 40% of calories come from fat, as compared to other healthy diets such as a regional Japanese diet where only 10% of calories are from fat); however, the fat is mostly monounsaturated (olive oil) and polyunsaturated (other vegetable oils) and very low on saturated fats (animal fats). Most of the protein comes from legumes (pulses), whole grains, nuts and occasional cheeses/eggs with the rest coming from preferably "no legs" (fish, hence the benefit of omega 3/6 fatty acids: the course emphasized that omega 6 fatty acids are beneficial and statements talking about a 3/6 ratio are completely bogus) ahead of "two legs" (poultry) and lastly "four legs" (beef, pork, lamb etc.).
For the first time since reliable records have been kept today's children in the US are anticipated to have a lower life expectancy than their parents because of the deleterious effects of obesity. Studies have shown that a Mediterranean diet is well tolerated by Americans (probably because it is not low in fat and it is fundamentally delicious!) and can produce permanent weight loss. Finally, research has concluded that 30 minutes of daily exercise is necessary for permanent weight loss but it does't need to be vigorous and can be as basic as walking: furthermore, amazingly, this 30 minutes can be accomplished in three 10 minute sessions during the day which is a very doable prospect. So, this recipe resonates well!
I really enjoyed hearing about your trip to London, especially your visit to the cheese store.
Keep the recipes coming.
Oliver.    
  • FX's answer→ Thanks Oliver for sharing these captivating results from such an interesting conference! And this is right on the mark as I have started myself walking a full hour every day and turning towards a Mediterranean diet myself! Indeed with little fat but the olive oil, and the subjectively healthy-feeling effect of the capsacain, this dish really does feel healthy. Compared to Amatriciana or Carbonara which incorporate massive amounts of pig fat and eggs it's a world of difference.

  • #53
  • Comment by Richard
  • on: 15/04/2009
Hi fx and other chilli fans!

When preparing scotch bonnets I rub my hands in a little veg oil before handling. I am careful not to get too much hand contact with the chilli and as soon as they are transferred to a dish (so that they can be added to the cooking without further contact) I then wash my hands very well.

The oil acts as a barrier. I have never had any problems. I seem to recall that I heard this from a Caribbean cook many years ago.

NOT guaranteed to save your delicate organs from the fiery pit of hell but you might want to try it out of interest!

I cooked a lovely putanesca the other day with very fresh ingredients and it was a far cry from the crappy woody black olive and woody anchovy mess you get in most restaurants. Arrabbiata is also a favourite and so will try this recipe in the week.

All the best

Richard
  • FX's answer→ Thanks Richard, good tip! I don't like too much having my hands oiled though, and use only a fork and knife to cut those nasty chilies. Tonight I'll try the same recipe with mussels or vongole, that should work fine too!

  • #55
  • Comment by ND
  • on: 15/04/2009
Hey FX, don't listen to that guy Ivan—he's only an American, after all! (: In real English, it's called a "chilli," with a double-l ("chile" and "chili" are both acceptable, but do represent a deviation from the standard). I'm a fiend for these things, and I grow a few varieties that would make that Scotch Bonnet seem tame by comparison. Maybe I can send you some, if you think they'd make it through Customs?
  • FX's answer→ Fresh chillis are a pain through the mail, they end up wilted like my Scotch Bonnet above, but if you have dried ones I'd be very pleased of course! I've been a subscriber of Fiery Foods for years, it's an American magazine about BBQ and chillis, so I should know how to spell it by now!

  • #57
  • Comment by Biz
  • on: 15/04/2009
Wow, I've been a subscriber for a couple years but for some reason I never noticed that you hadn't done any offal recipes, but I always figured you were an offal lover. Yes, I love the tripe stalls, YUMMY! These same tripe stalls are where they sell the prepared Soffritto Napoletano. Oh well, more offal for me!
  • FX's answer→ My fondness of offal stops at fish and chicken guts I'm afraid!

  • #59
  • Comment by Candace Snook
  • on: 15/04/2009
This looks delightful! I've never done an arrabbiata at home before. I've always thought of it as “just” a spicy tomato sauce, but this gives it a simple singular elegance that I'm going to have to revisit.
I’ve never had much trouble with touching capsaicin though, well.... Not on my fingers anyway. Somehow I always manage to stick my finger in my eye whenever I’m using any peppers of any sort. Even if hands are washed and hours have passed, it still stings terribly. Let’s hope I never get my hands (or eye) on a Bhut Jolokia!
Thanks for yet another wonderful photo/food essay!
  • FX's answer→ Thanks Candace, I love it so much in fact that I redid this yesterday with a bag of vongole thrown in for good measure. Extraordinary!

  • #61
  • Comment by emiglia
  • on: 16/04/2009
Ooh! I'm excited about this one. Arrabbiata is by far my favorite pasta sauce, and I'm sure your recipe is amazing.
  • FX's answer→ It is really extraordinary, light, cheap and you just can't stop eating it until everything has gone!

  • #63
  • Comment by Alisa
  • on: 16/04/2009
Hello FX - what a great recipe - I specifically got proper  bronze extruded rigatoni (btw what is the difference to ordinary pasta?) - it all worked beautifully. Thank you for such a lovely dinner.
  • FX's answer→ Alisa, if you use durum-wheat pasta, it holds its shape much better than soft-wheat pasta, and has a characteristic bite instead of the boiled towel feeling of pasta made with regular wheat. As for bronze extrusion it gives the pasta a wonderfully porous surface that sucks the sauce up so that its wrapped in flavor instead of seeing the sauce slip back into the plate. A world of difference!

  • #65
  • Comment by Maykal
  • on: 16/04/2009
Salutari,

I'm a big fan of making my own pasta and never touch the dried stuff anymore. I regularly make my own ribbon-type and packet-type pastas but I've only once tried making my own tube-types - an interesting effort involving a floured pencil...it kind of works.

Do you have the equipment to make the tubular pastas in your dishes? Decent pasta is hard to come by here in Romania, despite it's Latin language and proximity to Italy. Is the bronze extrusion kit you mention readily available in other countries?

Pofta buna!
  • FX's answer→ Sure, it's great to make your own tubular pasta. You can see how I make it with the Kenwood Kitchen Machine in many of my article, just click on the tag "Homemade Pasta". It's a really great piece of kit. And don't miss my article on Garganelli, also made with a sort of comb and pencil. Have fun!

  • #67
  • Comment by J-C
  • on: 16/04/2009
Great recipe and the anchovies are a great addition. A word about the spelling of chilli: both the Oxford Dictionary and Merriam-Webster list all 3 spellings as acceptable but chili is the preferred spelling of both, and the fruit is native American, albeit it Meso-American. Chilli is from Nahuatl (Aztec)and the Spanish adopted it as chilli and chile. They named Chile for the peppers. Chili con Carne is proper name of the dish commonly called chili, because of Mexicancall the peppers chili, at least in the North. Scotch Bonnet and Thai Birdseye are 2 of the hottest peppers but the heat depends on the clone and where they are grown.
  • FX's answer→ Thanks for the clarification JC!

  • #69
  • Comment by needham1959
  • on: 16/04/2009
The compatibility of anchovy does not surprise me. One of the best things I ever ate was a restaurant's version of veal cacciatore here in Massachusetts, USA in the late 1970s. I detected what I thought was both Worcestershire sauce and anchovy flavoring the sauce poured on the veal scallopines. I realize Worcestershire sauce does contain anchovy but I could tell additional anchovy (perhaps in paste form) was included. Not long after that, I discovered a veal cacciatore recipe in one of the Late Alfredo Viazzi's books that indeed included both Worcestershire sauce and anchovy. So François, I have two questions for you:

1) Do the anchovy fillets completely disappear into the sauce during cooking, without needing to mince them or pound them into paste?

2) Could you please define what a "hit-me-back" taste is?

Merci!--
  • FX's answer→ Yes, the anchovy fillets totally disappear into the sauce, no question about that. Hit me back is the best translation I found for French "goût de reviens-y", meaning one of those dishes with a lingering and extremely pleasant aftertaste that keep bringing you back to the pot for more and more ... until there is none left!

  • #71
  • Comment by kurzhaar
  • on: 17/04/2009
Hi Francois,
Lovely photos as always!  On the subject of chiles (which seems to be the most widely accepted spelling in the US for the fruit...based I think on the Spanish word), it's not just difference in heat that distinguish the different types, most do have flavors peculiar to the variety.  I find habaneros and scotch bonnets to have a fruity and sometimes almost floral taste (plus of course intense heat!), which is quite different, say,  from the "greener" or more vegetal taste of fresh poblanos.  I love chiles and eat them in many ways from Mexican to Thai to Indian to things of my own invention.  Growing heirloom or landrace vegetables is a hobby of mine and I have grown several varieties over the years--four kinds of habaneros, two kinds of cayenne, paprika types, Italian frying pepper types, poblanos, jalapenos, chiltepins, "Bulgarian Carrot"....  They taste quite different from each other.
  • FX's answer→ Yes but for really strong chilies like Scotch Bonnet you can't really taste the flavor all that much such in the intensity of the heat!

  • #73
  • Comment by Candace
  • on: 17/04/2009
Sorry FX, one more thing... I was just wondering what your take was on anchovy paste? Is thefish finer than the paste?
Personally I find it a little too one-dimensionally fishy but I was wondering what your take was on the paste?
Thanks!
-Candace
  • FX's answer→ Candace, I am not one for bought paste, you are never too impressed when seeing how such ingredients are actually made. Perhaps you could pound a few anchovy fillets in a mortar instead?

  • #75
  • Comment by Helena
  • on: 17/04/2009
Wow, thanks for sharing. This recipe brings back so many memories!

This was like comfort food for me. Growing up, I spent a lot of time catching up with a friend I seldom see over a good arrabbiata in a specific restaurant. We both seem to crave the arrabbiata there, so eating there was almost like a biweekly girlhood ritual.

Their version had seafood, bacon, mushroom and a green spinach pasta, but the base ingredients were the same. Not that we cared, but I guess that can be considered a healthy dish if the healthier spinach cancelled out the bacon. ;)

It was a very warming dish though. Seeing this recipe just brought back memories of an entire phase in life and the good conversation we had in that restaurant. :)

Well ... I had a flashback of that set of memories, and memories of an ex-chef I briefly went out with who never did send me his arrabbiata recipe. :P

I tweaked this recipe for dinner tonight and the results were yum! For people who like their food strong, mashing up garlic is definitely the way to go to get the flavour out.

Regarding offal, in small quantities, I think tripe in Vietnamese pho, and fish guts (roe / sushi) and duck guts (French country style) is nice.
  • FX's answer→ Helena I am glad this little recipe brought back such pleasant memories!

  • #77
  • Comment by Brandy
  • on: 17/04/2009
Yum!  What a lovely dish!  The quality of your ingredients is always so high, I'm sure the taste is as wonderful as the pictures!

Whew, Scottish Bonnet, you like it hot!  LOL, I'd use an Anaheim chile, I'm a fire wimp as I get older!
  • FX's answer→ Yes but I used only a wee bit of Scotch Bonnet!

  • #79
  • Comment by cookery
  • on: 17/04/2009
FX, I made this last night with great success--it's the best of Italian cooking: so simple, yet so amazingly delicious.  I forgot the wine though...  How important is that touch of wine to enhancing this kind kind of sauce?  Does white wine work?
  • FX's answer→ Cooked wine transforms into glycerin, sugar and acetic acid if my memory serves me right - much of the rest disappears. I add this to deglaze whatever is stuck to the bottom of the pan, but you could just use water and tomatoes. White wine is fine of course!

  • #81
  • Comment by lazydoctor
  • on: 17/04/2009
Hey francois, I thought you didn't liked spicy food, there's not much of it around your blog and the lack of mexican recipes led me to believe you disliked it :D

Any chance we'll see your skills with other spicy recipes? I love spicy!
  • FX's answer→ Oh no I love chilis all right, and read every issue of Fiery Foods from cover to cover. You might like article #18 although the pictures show that my camera has come a long way since then! I have loooooads of books on Mexican and Indian cooking but can't get really fresh ingredients for Mexican cooking. Perhaps I should do more Indian.

  • #83
  • Comment by Melanie
  • on: 18/04/2009
This looks wonderful, and might just be dinner tonight.  I think I have everything in my pantry, excepting the scotch bonnet, so I will have to go with pepper flakes . . .

Thanks for such a simple, inexpensive sauce.
  • FX's answer→ I hope it worked well for you if you tried it!

  • #85
  • Comment by nils
  • on: 19/04/2009
It was the first recip of you I ever tried myself.
Sadly I couldn't get any pecorino or scotch bonnet chile, so I substituted it with parmesan and cayenne chili peppers.
Fantastic taste none the less and I guess I'll try many of your recips in the future
  • FX's answer→ Well done Nils!

  • #87
  • Comment by Al
  • on: 22/04/2009
The "hit-me-back" qualities from the anchovy is no lie. My guest described it as "so more-ish", which is basically the same thing. Every one should try this with anchovy, even if they aren't an anchovy fan (I am, but a non-fan loved it).
  • FX's answer→ Thanks a lot for your feedback Alistair, indeed more-ish it is! And not Moorish as the dish originates in Italy and not Spain!

  • #89
  • Comment by Tom
  • on: 23/04/2009
Love your work...  Are you on / considered Twitter?

Tom (@tebailey)
  • FX's answer→ Thanks! Not really but I could see the attraction ("I am filming the making of 50kg of smoked sausage in a century-old butcher shop on Lake Geneva" etc...)

  • #91
  • Comment by Free
  • on: 25/04/2009
This was soooo good! Thanks for another easy recipe for unexpected-lazy-summerdays-guests. I will sure make this over and over =)
  • FX's answer→ I've made it 3 times myself since the article, twice with sea shells!

  • #93
  • Comment by English-elf
  • on: 25/04/2009
Great site. Most of the mistakes you make with your English don't bother me, but

>very little calories

is a real stinker. Don't worry as a lot of English speakers get this wrong. But it should be 'very few calories' as calories are countable.

Thanks and keep up the good work,

English-elf
  • FX's answer→ English elf, you did not leave an email address, but if you are serious about English, know that I am seriously needed a serious English editor to help me remove the maaaaaaany typos in my articles. Don't hesitate to contact me if you wish to offer a little help!

Excellent recipe.

I was recommended to your site from a friend and can safely say it is now in my bookmarks. The photos are excellent and really help give life to the article.

As for anchovy I would of never thought of that.

I will be making this for my dinner tomorrow night.

Many thanks
  • FX's answer→ Glad you liked it Matt!

  • #97
  • Comment by Jennifer
  • on: 27/04/2009
FX., I enjoy both your articles and your photos, but these photos are especially wonderful.  They remind me of the food porn daily site.  They are a great mix of color, texture and composition.  As always thanks for sharing!
     
  • FX's answer→ Thanks Jennifer!

  • #99
  • Comment by Xavier
  • on: 27/04/2009
This sauce has made its way to my kitchen tonight for a rapid supper and a few glasses of wine. Although I am used to simmer tomato based sauces, it is always good to challenge his habits. It worked very well but I missed the "angry pasta" effect. I have to recalibrate my use of chile to get it. And by the way the quantity of anchovies too. To the point where you can taste it but not suspect it I may say. I hope so to turn this nice and humble sauce into an humble and memorable one. Thanks again for sharing. X.
  • FX's answer→ I think some simmering is useful to rid the tomatoes of their acidity. As for the chile and anchovy, you will only get the quantity right once you have exceeded your mark!

  • #101
  • Comment by Tony H.
  • on: 28/04/2009
I think I have made this now at least four times.  First I didn't have anchovies, so substituted with sardines...not so good, also don't over do the red wine..it needs balance not drowning. When I tell the guests afterwords that it was anchovies for the umarmi favor, they almost get whip lash. This dish accompanied  with the Normandy Apple Pie, you can't go wrong. Good work FX!
  • FX's answer→ Oh you can omit the red wine altogether. Yesterday I made myself some bigoli with whole wheat flour and a traditional sauce made from sardines, olive oil (not the one in the can!) and garlic. Delicious.

  • #103
  • Comment by Tom
  • on: 28/04/2009
First of all I'd like to say that I absolutely LOVE your site!

I know italian purists would stagger when I make this suggestion, but do you think one could replace the anchovies by a drop of asian fish sauce to get the "hit-me-back-taste"?
I don't like fish, and the fish sauce makes it psychologically easier for me :)
  • FX's answer→ Tom, famously-handsome British chef Heston B. does use such tricks in his "bolognese" and I think you'll trigger more than a stagger from Italian purists. This being said the Romans used a lot of garum, fermented fish guts, in their sauces, so if this works to your satisfaction, you can still claim a much older tradition in case somebody snobs you!

  • #105
  • Comment by Troy
  • on: 30/04/2009
Great recipes and superb pictures! You also look cute in your pictures cause you're so smiley.
Cheers!
  • FX's answer→ Smiley Foodies - that's me!

  • #107
  • Comment by Dawn Smith
  • on: 02/05/2009
Wow! that pasta dish sounds delicious...brilliant photo story...i love ur presentation...i wanna try it..right away i'm gonna get the ingredients from www.myethnicworld.com and try it....thanks.
  • #108
  • Comment by jmz
  • on: 06/05/2009
hey!  where are you???  we miss your stuff!
  • FX's answer→ Well, I'm shooting video and it takes an awful long time to get something presentable, but hold on and you'll be rewarded for your patience!

  • #110
  • Comment by Louise
  • on: 15/05/2009
I have had this dish many times fx, funny when I was a child, my grandmother would hide the a'lice (anchovy) or else we would not eat it. Not scorned, but she was sure a red faced Sicilian grandmother! Thanks for the memories. I really should make this meal when I visit my grandchildren next week. At least once:) Gorgeous Photos!!!
  • FX's answer→ Thanks Louise and good luck with your grandchildren if you cook them this dish!

  • #112
  • Comment by Marc
  • on: 24/05/2009
Francois, video is very time consuming! Maybe you should aim to do very few of them per year and concentrate more on the written articles. Unless you are having great fun editing (which usually wears off quickly) your written articles are extremely good as well. From my experience photo editing get easier and faster with time but video not.
  • #113
  • Comment by gourmet
  • on: 28/05/2009
Wooow, the Recipe i know already, but the Pictures are soooo great, wonderful! Do you use an Macroobjective ore something. Im just a bloodie beginner with that, hoping you can tell something good ...
Greets from Cologne...
  • FX's answer→ Oh yes I use all sort of lenses, you need one that focuses real close like the Nikkor 60mm f2.8 or Sigma 17-70 HSM macro, and of course goooooood light!

  • #115
  • Comment by w
  • on: 01/06/2009
Please stick to the written + photo post they are simply wonderful.
I don't think video would capture it as well as previous posts.
Can I make a request/suggestion? How about a Calamari Fritti post? Everytime I try to make anything squid I mess it up. Also I love the travel posts they are addictive!!
  • FX's answer→ Well glad to hear they are wonderful, but you'll have to humor me and let me show you that the videos can be just as good as stills because that's the direction I am taking now. For the calamari unfortunately we only get the deep-frozen crap here, so we don't cook them too often. Sorry!

  • #117
  • Comment by Karen
  • on: 02/06/2009
FX, where are you? I am getting old, my children are growing up, soon I will have no one to cook your marvellous dishes for, and yet you do not return to us...
We miss you :O(
  • FX's answer→ Karen, no worry, I shall be back in the flesh and in video quite soon! No time to write photo articles because of filming season now, but it should be worth the wait!

  • #119
  • Comment by Troy
  • on: 03/06/2009
Are you alive??
  • FX's answer→ Yes, alive and kicking, just too busy shooting film to post any still pictures!

  • #121
  • Comment by anm
  • on: 04/06/2009
Hi Francois , you should do more pic based posts.They have a timeless quality to them and updates where more often :)
  • FX's answer→ Yes but you see I'm not paid to do this, so my site is run on the basis of wether I feel like posting another stills article or shoot video, and right now I shoot video. It's like a TV serie you really like, once a season is over, you need to wait a couple month to get the new season. Or the next Harry Potter book, people had to wait a whole year, so I hope you guys will be pleased with what you waited for!

  • #123
  • Comment by Graham
  • on: 04/06/2009
Have to agree with anm, some viewers i know used to love this site but they dont bother checking it anymore, because it's not updated as often anymore :-(
  • FX's answer→ Well, yes, if they came twice a week for their food porn fix, yes that's not current since I'm busy doing other things. But all you need is enter your email address in the box, press subscribe and you'll get an email the minute a new article is posted - so no more daily disappointments!

  • #125
  • Comment by irene gray
  • on: 05/06/2009
if you are looking for an english speaking "proof reader" i'd be more than happy to oblige.  british english with a scottish accent.
  • FX's answer→ Thanks for your kind offer Irene, I will definitely call on your help next time!

  • #127
  • Comment by NK
  • on: 05/06/2009
Hey FX! Do we take you to mean that you've been filming a whole season's worth of stuff to unleash on us?
  • FX's answer→ More or less, yes!

  • #129
  • Comment by Peter
  • on: 05/06/2009
Don't worry, FX - we still love you!
It's a good time to check out those forgotten articles I always meant to read but never had the time.

And, of course: to cook a lot and eat with friends, instead of viewing silly food porn websites... ;)
  • FX's answer→ Thanks for your understanding Peter!

  • #131
  • Comment by Ore
  • on: 06/06/2009
FX - I'm on your side...take your time.  I was just checking in to see that everything was alright with you and since you say you're busy, then that's great news!

Question:  Are you shooting as your occupation or are you shooting for your blog?  I thought somewhere I read that you make money through law related work...  If you're shooting for the blog, then I'm eager to see your work.  If it's your profession, then, same!

Also, you mean to tell me that the ads on this blog don't support you at all?  You should check into foodbuzz.com and become a member...Tell them I sent you!

Thank you.
  • FX's answer→ Thanks Ore, yes those ads don't bring much in that's for sure! I'm shooting food all right, but not as a hobby this time...

  • #133
  • Comment by anm
  • on: 06/06/2009
A humble bow to your enthusiasm Francois.

In India canned anchovies are too expensive.Do you think thai fish sauce is a close substitute?
  • FX's answer→ Thanks Anm! No need to break the bank for those anchovies, just omit them but please, no fish sauce...

  • #135
  • Comment by Jason
  • on: 07/06/2009
Francois,
It seems the Spring time has made you a busy bee!
Truly, you make us suffer for our food porn! ;)
Can't wait for a Summer of FXCuisine!
  • FX's answer→ FX, give us our daily food porn!

  • #137
  • Comment by mario
  • on: 07/06/2009
Nice blog but...
Do you know what sugo all'arrabbiata is (no WINE, NO ONIONS, what kind of cheese pizzoccheri need (not fontina goddamit, BITTO), what ricotta salata is... and so on.
  • FX's answer→ Mario, sei un cuoco di strettissima osservanza, tu lavori per la Slow Food?

  • #139
  • Comment by Marianne - Vaxholm, Sweden
  • on: 08/06/2009
To Mario #135
Go home, do things by the book and be happy. People on this blog are quite comfortable experiencing food in a less conventional way, and we certainly can do without your rudeness.

  • FX's answer→ Ah well, this is bound to happen when you write about an Italian recipe. Some Italians are more conservative than the Japanese when it comes to food, and there is a canonical version of each traditional recipe written in marble, and you'll always find a guy to light a cross by your house if you dare do it different.

  • #141
  • Comment by Marianne - Vaxholm, Sweden
  • on: 08/06/2009
Delicious results on my plate, Francois Xanvier, the recipe worked very well, the absence of bronze drawn pasta notwithstanding.
Here I am, thinking that your little video project has probably ballooned into an evening filling epos - 'The Godfather' of rösti so to speak, when in fact a series of videos is on its way?!
Fabulous! I have been trying to imagine just what it is you are up to: is he doing something around a certain geographic place, or type of food, or season, or spice? While I keep on guessing, rest assured that I am looking forward to the final product, no matter the day, week or month it emerges, we all know it will be good!

  • FX's answer→ Thanks for your kinds words Marianne and glad the recipe worked for you! It's going to be about Swiss cooking - any season!

  • #143
  • Comment by Staysure
  • on: 12/06/2009
I have been looking for a good arrabiata recipe for a while. Look forward to trying yours out. Very good post and blog by the way. You could use a thumbnail picture module though. Anway, nice work.
  • FX's answer→ Yes you can click on top to get smaller (500 pixels) pictures if you want.

  • #145
  • Comment by kurzhaar
  • on: 12/06/2009
Hallo Francois,
Just popping in to see if all is well, and it looks like it is.
As for differences in how to prepare a traditional dish...I completely agree with you--how many "authentic" "traditional" recipes are there for any one thing, there must be as many as there are families!!!  I have friends who get very argumentative about what goes into their "authentic" garam masala, and yes--the results are different, but all good!   In any case, there was no excuse for rudeness!
On Swiss food...I have meant to inquire about the biscuit known as Dirgel or Tirggel?  I remember having been given some years ago, quite beautifully molded (but very hard!).
Looking forward to your next installation!
  • FX's answer→ Thanks, oh I have seen ruder, no worry. Yes, tirgel is on my list of future investigation - some patience will be needed though.

  • #147
  • Comment by mario
  • on: 14/06/2009
I'm very sorry, it was so far from me beeing rude, I beg pardon you all. Of course you are right "de gustibus non est disputandum" and italian people tend very often to conservatorism in their kitchens: but what I intended was that in some recipes you can't change ingredients or you will have a completely different things.
  • FX's answer→ No problem for me.

  • #149
  • Comment by Jan
  • on: 14/06/2009
i think my life stopped once the updating stopped aarrrgghhhh
  • FX's answer→ Jan, life is in the kitchen, not on the computer!

  • #151
  • Comment by Marianne - Vaxholm, Sweden
  • on: 14/06/2009
To Mario @ #147
How very gracious of you to offer an apology, Mario! I really appreciate your gesture:) As you can see when browsing this blog, very few things are done or discussed in the spirit of conservatism, quite on the contrary perhaps and there is a reason for that. Discussions, questions, ideas, hints and tips are swapped so that everybody can enjoy FX's recipes and make the most of them with the often limited options at hand. Buying ricotta salata in Stockholm for instance is quite difficult, maybe even impossible. I haven't found it yet, despite the advantages the EU has provided us with regard to more choices regarding other European countries' food (unbelievable isn't it - something good has come out of EU... although we all love to complain about their regulations :). So, we cannot always recreate national recipes the way we would like to, and that's where creative thinking comes in. Of course an Italian food lover who can help and suggest ways to work around those problems is more than welcome!!! Kind regards - Marianne
  • FX's answer→ Marianne I think the only place I've ever found ricotta salata is in Sicily, but this summer I will make some myself at some cheesemaker's alpine chalet. Basically just take whey cheese, salt and press. I'll check in my Italian cheese technical encyclopedia beforehand though.

  • #153
  • Comment by Davide
  • on: 15/06/2009
Caro Mario and François-Xavier, after I've read in this blog about Pasta alla Norma done with GUANCIALE I think that here every conservatorism about Italian food is shattered! To me, a born Catanese, fed with traditional Pasta alla Norma since I was 2 years old, hearing such a thing is a profanity! Anyway, we must set our hearts at peace: foreigners will always change our food thinking (wrongly) that they've found new ingenious way to cook it, and we will always think (rightly) that they've spoilt it. Anyway, since I've read this blog thoroughtfully, I should admit that François-Xaviers, for his in-dept knowledge and talent and passion for Italian cuisine, should not be considered a foreigner, but indeed a countryman of ours! So we should grant him the right to do the odd, little adjustment here and there.

But do not tell me again such a thing like pasta alla norma with guanciale, eh, FX? :)

Ciao,
Davide

PS: Ho scritto questo commento in inglese in modo che potesse essere letto e capito dalla maggior parte dei lettori di questo blog.
  • FX's answer→ Grazie Davide,
    Yes indeed guanciale is not used in Sicilian cooking at all, but you must grant me that there are at least 4 different recipes for Pasta alla Norma, only in Italy that is. Now I have ridden my tomato sauces of any animal fat and they are much lighter. Now I am glad you consider me as a fellow Italian as upon discovering that Sicilians eat Almond Sorbet inside of a French Brioche, I immediately embraced this great borrowing of French pastry tradition. Many people might have refused to try, but it works wonders!

  • #155
  • Comment by Tara
  • on: 23/06/2009
Thank you for such an inspiring and educational blog, I appreciate how you have posted your mistakes and successes, a rare treat. I have sat and slowly read through each article over the last two days like it’s a best selling novel. (My work has suffered a little but let’s not tell the boss).  Cheers for your efforts, I'm looking forward to future articles and will be spreading the word to fellow foodie friends.  
  • #156
  • Comment by Shu
  • on: 26/06/2009
I've been checking back 3 times a week every week. Life is dull without my regular FX fix. Throw us a morsel, anything!
  • #157
  • Comment by Groty
  • on: 26/06/2009
I'm with Shu!

Your heading for 3 months since the last update!  Is that worth video, especially since you're such a great photographer?

And don't tell us you haven't cooked anything in the last 2+ months.
  • #158
  • Comment by Anthony
  • on: 29/06/2009
FX, where are you?

I'm a poor, newly graduated college student that can honestly say that their grades would've been better had they never stumbled upon your blog. Your writing is a great inspiration. I hope that you're still adventuring and that everything is well.
  • #159
  • Comment by Nina
  • on: 30/06/2009
Francois, mon petit chou, how I miss you!

Please, please come back and update us with your culinary adventures.  How I miss your delightful mirth and unabashed joy in the discovery of exquisite cuisine!
  • FX's answer→ Alas I am less petit by the month! But I'll try to finish a video so you get to enjoy recipe, mirth and man all in one bite.

  • #161
  • Comment by bobb
  • on: 02/07/2009
FWIW I prefer articles with photos over video.  So if it's the time required to produce video that's slowing down the flow of new material, I hope you'll reconsider!  
  • FX's answer→ Yes, I hear you, but I'm in moving pictures for good now. Hope you'll eventually like them as much as you did the stills!

  • #163
  • Comment by Carlos
  • on: 03/07/2009
Estimado FX: Acabo de volver de Londres y Paris. Gracias por los datos acerca de Neil´s Yard y las casas detrás de St Eustaque. Fui en peregrinación a ambas recomendaciones. Memorables quesos y sensacionales provisiones. No nos abandones FX !!!!.
  • FX's answer→ Me alegra que has podido visitar a estos lugares en Londres y Paris, ojala que puedes cocinar algo con estos ingredientes y excelente bife argentino!

  • #165
  • Comment by Scotty
  • on: 03/07/2009
I hope your okay, its been months dear friend! I made this sans the anchovies because my partner can't stand them. It was, as all your recipes I've tryed, fantastic
  • FX's answer→ Thanks Scotty, yes I am okay, just can't find times to shoot video and work and eat, so no time left for pictures - sorry!

  • #167
  • Comment by Joyce
  • on: 06/07/2009
I can't wait to try this!!!!
I haven't seen anything new for a while, do not worry I am not nagging, but I am hoping that you are well and safe.
  • #168
  • Comment by Erik
  • on: 10/07/2009
FX. I finally had the opportunity to prepare this dish for my wife and I and it was fantastic!!!! The anchovy does give it a great hit-you-back flavor like you said.. I plan on making this a regular dish on my dining room table! Can't wait for another installment from you! Cheers!!
  • #169
  • Comment by jmz
  • on: 14/07/2009
....sigh.  EVER coming back??  .... ???   At least throw us a bone...
Dico una preghiera piccola per lei, il signore cuoco grande.
  • #171
  • Comment by lynn
  • on: 29/07/2009
fx, I miss your blog, like so many others.  please post something, even if it's not long.
  • #172
  • Comment by Jay
  • on: 29/07/2009
Hey man, just tell us if you're not coming back. It's understandable, everyone's got stuff going on.
  • #173
  • Comment by Jason
  • on: 01/08/2009
My friends, I fear the worst has happened to our host, He's gone to the great Chili Cook-off in the sky..... I now await a post from FX's Cardiologist for a confirmation.
  • #174
  • Comment by Meramarina
  • on: 03/08/2009
No, no, our dearly departed FX has not gone to the Blessed Cook-Off in the Sky, but rather in the other direction.  He led far too many hungry souls down the path of delicious destruction in his day, and surely he's now throwing a fiendishly good feast in the fiery realm . . . open hearth, boiling cauldrons, freshly sacrificed meat--you know, kind of the same stuff we've seen here before--and we will all meet him again when our time comes, or when maybe, just maybe, he makes for us just one damned video from the hot spot before the camera equipment melts. . . oh what the hell . . . he is in a better place now . . . Do not mourn him.
  • #175
  • Comment by Alexa
  • on: 05/08/2009
FX, I have been a long-time lurking fan of yours. I check weekly for updates, drool over your amazing photography and culinary skills, all in silence.. until now. I have a love affair with all things tomato, and I decided it was time to stop being 'too busy to cook on a weeknight' when I saw this. Oh my God, I love it! Better than my regular old spaghetti sauce by miles (which is delicious). So much more depth! I accidentally bought sardines instead of anchovies, but I think I got the right element.. absolutely fabulous. :) thanks very much.

Alexa
  • #176
  • Comment by Michael
  • on: 06/08/2009
Your blog is a great inspiration. I hope you will post again soon.
  • #177
  • Comment by susie
  • on: 06/08/2009
OK, Francoise, I've held my tongue for 4 months...ENOUGH already.  Get A HOLD of yourself MAN!  SO what that your photographs are so much better than your video...get OVER IT!  Just stop the stupid mopeing and start cooking again!  SHEESH

I'm frigging starting to visit Kaotic (Dutch Girl Cooking) to get my culinary photgraphic fix AND man, you were SOOOOO much better than her on a bad day.

Jesue.......just cook something again and post it for your fans, at least.

Love, Susie  (from Louisiana, where all the food is very good but just not as well-photographed)
  • #178
  • Comment by Gonzus
  • on: 07/08/2009
Hello, I have just ran into your website 30 minutes ago. Between the awesome pictures and the food you talk about, it has already turned into an instant favorite of mine.

I was wondering if you could provide any advice on making cheese at home. Is it even possible? How to get started?

My great-grandfather came from Switzerland and was a cheese maker, so both topics (CH and cheese) are very dear to my heart.

Thanks in advance and best regards.
  • #179
  • Comment by Saxit
  • on: 09/08/2009
I agree with susie in comment #177. We all desire an updates soon! We need your delicious pictures of amazing food! :)
  • FX's answer→ Yes I'm working on the updates but they'll be videos!

  • #181
  • Comment by Jonathan
  • on: 12/08/2009
You are very talented.  Your passion shines through.  This web site is exciting.  I made and tried boeuf Bourguignon, your recipe, for the first time this past winter.  I served it with another new recipe for me - aligot.  I wonder.  Do you collect culinary books are magazines?  How many do you have?  Do you have any favorites?
  • #182
  • Comment by Anonimo
  • on: 14/08/2009
François senza i tuoi post Napoli non è più la stessa!
  • #183
  • Comment by GunnCat
  • on: 15/08/2009
FX, as a content producer of both photo and video content, I can tell you that I would rather see your photos (or anyones photos) any day of the week over video. You will not be able to create the same interesting articles which we have come to love. Even after shooting professional video since 2002, I still can't create the same level of professional content as my photo content. My advice is, stick with what you do well or your fans will leave you.
  • #184
  • Comment by Groty
  • on: 17/08/2009
Wow, we just passed the 4 month anniversary...
  • #185
  • Comment by Sue
  • on: 12/09/2009
I just found you and you're amazing! I've never seen such a complete "About" page. Your pictures are a revelation, totally beautiful. Gorgeous recipe too.
  • FX's answer→ Thanks Sue, I recommend you dig in the old articles for more fun, there are 250 articles with many, many more pictures for your enjoyment!

  • #187
  • Comment by L. Chan
  • on: 14/10/2009
Very good.
  • FX's answer→ Thanks

  • #189
  • Comment by cuchillero
  • on: 19/10/2009
Anybody out there would call this sauce putanesca instead? It sounds to me that this arrabiata recipe is closer to putanesca without capers and black olives. Anyway, should be delicious indeed!
  • FX's answer→ Oh yes, or even we could call it close to marinara without the clams, or amatriciana without the guanciale?

  • #191
  • Comment by cuchillero
  • on: 19/10/2009
Clever, very clever indeed! That's the essence of cookery.
Best regards
  • #192
  • Comment by Bianca Peccioli
  • on: 20/10/2009
I missed this Pasta all'arrabiata ... for some reason I'm not receiving the posts...
It's my favorite pasta and I loved the recipe

Thank you
Bianca
  • #193
  • Comment by Fee
  • on: 20/10/2009
I loved the photography and will try out the recipe tonight
Thanks
Tried the Pasta all'arrabiata yesterday - tasted fantastic, thanks :)
I wonder if the "anchovy-trick" also works for my chili con carne and pushes it to the next level ^^
Awesome recipe.  This is one of my Italian favorites.  I have some very slight difference in my recipe but I do use a potato masher.  They're not just for potatoes anymore!  I'd put the whole chile in there but that's just me.  ;D

Thanks for sharing.
Matt Kay

  • #196
  • Comment by freistätter
  • on: 05/10/2010
Made this as hot as I could with the peppers I had on hand.  Definitely one of the more "no-fuss" pasta dishes I've prepared in recent memory.
  • #197
  • Comment by Unknown
  • on: 05/12/2010
Hello


Great recipe!
I love the anchovies instead of salt.  Is it possible to replace the scotch bonnet with something less spicy?
Delecatesen yum! Can't wait to try it out!




  • FX's answer→ Absolutely, my choice would be a chipotle.

  • #199
  • Comment by Ronnie
  • on: 15/01/2011
I had this gravy for the first time last weekend and WOW! Just the right amount of kick and simply delicious.
Pasta Arrabiata makes me HAPPYYYYYYYYY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Love your photos as always. You are the best!
  • #201
  • Comment by carola been
  • on: 21/03/2011
Just got to know this site,congratulations,I have already made the ragu delicious.I'm originally from Holland,but raised in Sao Paulo.Now I live in Fort Lauderdale FL.I've been married for 30 years to an Italian man from Brescia,Lombardia,I love to cook ,travel,and also speak a couple of languages.Thanks for the site.
Have a good day.
Carola
wow fantastic posting really beautiful all pics . It looks so delicious. yummy!!! watering in my mouth .great your idea for recipes i love it . thanks for nice sharing
  • #203
  • Comment by Jane
  • on: 11/05/2011
wow! The photos are really amazing! I've never seen such a good photo of an anchovy fillet - you can see the tiny tiny bones on it!The dish looks really fantastic and I quite fancy cooking it for my tea, although not with such a hot chili!

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