The following recipe is a combination of pistou & Sauce aux herbes ( a french green sauce.) I love the combination of the anchovy , capers and herbs with a hint of garlic. Anchovies are to Mediterranean cuisine as fish sauce is to Asian cuisine.. Your not quite sure why the sauce is so unique and delicious as you taste it but you know it is special.
I call it Joie De Vivre because it adds so much sparkle to a dish.
I love the process of using a mortar and pestle for this sauce. ….each ingredient releases such a wonderful aroma as you add it to the bowl and mash. Consider buying one if it is not one of your kitchen tools already.
The pleasure of cooking is not just in the eating, but also in the preparation. Planting a few herbs and harvesting them from your own garden, going to a farmers market and chatting with the farmers. Lots of chatting.. I don’t have the nickname Chatty Cathy for nothing!
You will need:
2 cloves of garlic
1 TBSP. of salt cured large capers. I love the CENTO Brand
3 small anchovy fillets
If salt cured rinse them slightly and pat dry.
If oil cured remove them from the oil and let them drain slightly.
2 Tbsp. fresh tarragon leaves, no stem
2 Tbsp. Italian flat leaf parsley leaves, no stem
2 Tbsp. baby arugula leaves,
2 hard boiled egg yolks
! TBSP. olive oil
1 fresh lemon for juice
coarse ground black pepper
Put the garlic in the mortar bowl and crush with the pestle
add the capers and pound until they become a paste.
add the anchovies and pound well.
add the herbs and pound until well mixed.
the sauce will not be completely smooth but you may have pounded out any frustration you have had for the day…..Cooking is so good for the soul!
add the egg yolks, oil and lemon juice, one at a time and pound to combine between each ingredient.
Add a good pinch of coarsely ground black pepper. Store in a glass Mason jar up to one week.
Slather on a whole chicken before roasting or use it on sauteed vegetables right before you remove them from the heat .
Spread this sauce on baguette and sprinkle with great shredded Parmesan, broil quickly and you have the best crostini in the Universe!
If you have some free time and want to explore French food at its roots then you must read “Simple French Food“by Richard Olney.
It was written in 1974 and the text & recipes express so eloquently what chefs are doing right now in their commercial and home kitchens…….Getting back to locally sourced food , simply prepared with the best product available and shared with family & friends.
In France this is termed Gueuleton… translated to……. “a meal among friends made of many dishes and washed down with great quantities of better than average wine with much conversation, gaiety and laughter.”
I think that is going to be the name of my new food venture…
That is the best kind of day♥