Thursday, 22 September 2016

What Rhymes With Nutella?


Panzanella, Michela and Chiappa. My other girl crush, Michela Chiappa made me eat bread in the form of a salad. 

I was parked on my sofa one Sunday evening waiting for Hemsley+Hemsley Healthy and Delicious. But instead,  what came on was Michela Chiappa's Tuscan Kitchen.

Bah! I was disappointed.  But I kept my butt glued to the sofa and watched this chirpy infectious girl talk about her love for Italian food.


Michela is very watchable and highly likable (including her two adorable daughters) and she made me crave for things like Torta di Moka, Saltimbocca and God forbid Pesto with Pecorino (because I am terrified of strong cheese). Everything that came out of her kitchen made my tummy rumble.


And she got me excited about this Italian salad which is made with tomatoes and stale bread. I have eaten a bread salad before when I made Sumac Chicken and I remembered that I liked it a lot. Michella's Panzanella looked so beautiful and delicious that I simply had to make one myself.


So when I went out to TK to get myself some mooncakes, I made sure to grab a loaf of crusty bread. Then the following day I went out shopping for tomatoes, parsley and some other stuff. 


I did not follow Michela's method exactly. For instance, I did not drain the tomatoes (they were not that juicy) and I did not splash any red wine vinegar onto the bread. Besides my bread was not stale.


But what came out was very pleasing especially for someone who has been deprived of bread for a very long time. I loved the flavors but I felt that the bread could have done better with some toasting (for some crunch).

I am getting lazy at writing down recipes (since what I did was just estimate and chuck stuff) so I will give you the link if you are interested to try this Panzanella.

Michela's is here while another recipe (where the bread is toasted) by Chef John is here.

24 comments:

  1. Phong Hong, ever consider coming up with video on how to cook, then i can see it and then learn from you, hehe...

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  2. Good salad for someone who wants to eat bread but don't want too much carb so eat it with healthy vege.

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    1. I liked it, so will have this again :)

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  3. When I clicked on the post and saw the first pic...I said what the heck...salad doesn't rhyme with nutella! @_@ I don't like raw onions in my salad. I think the red wine vinegar was there to take the bite out of the raw onions. Anyway, I'd prefer not to eat a salad with bread if it was a cheat day for me (I can think of lots more delicious carbs to eat)....wakakakaka! :D

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    1. heh..heh... I love raw onions in salad and also with satay, so no issues for me. When cheat day comes, there are 1,001 things I want to eat >.<

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  4. I have not made Panzanella for quite sometime. I think I made it with stale sour dough bread (they sell them at reduced price). I believe it's a rustic Tuscan dish. I, too like it in the summer.

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    1. Yes, I believe it's a way to consume and not waste stale bread.

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  5. This is getting interesting as I had never tasted stale or soggy bread with salad!! They have seasonal diets and the salads also follow suit. I love that eating culture.

    They also love our Chop Suey or Kiam Chai Boey where left over veggies are thrown in.

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    1. Kiam chai boey is one of my favorite favorite soups!

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  6. I never made any salad in my whole life before, lest alone buying any salad pack back from JJ... But I know that what you made above is a good and healthy meal!

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    1. Never? Never say never. One day who knows you will make salad for the first time :)

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  7. Your salad is so colourful. My salad just so simple and bored compared to yours. ^^

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    1. Just add colorful vege like tomatoes to brighten it up :)

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  8. Your salad looks yummy. I too prefer the bread toasted, more crunch. I am just too lazy to make salad.

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    1. Yes, I will toast the bread next time :)

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  9. She's so pretty & her salad looks real appetizing too, dear! Enjoy your coming weekend! xoxo

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  10. I used to watch them sisters on Jamie's FoodTube since way back when, then one of them got pregnant (this one I guess, heh) and after that, seems like most of their recipes are baby recipes... like "how to make baby friendly this", "how to make bla bla bla that baby would like", that kind of stuff. So I stopped watching them... :/

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    1. That's where she was discovered I think an dyes, I did notice the baby food >.<

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  11. Looks good ! Well, the beauty of salad is one could just 'mix n match n estimate' the ingredients so long taste good :)

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    1. I agree. There is no exact recipe and we can just go with the flow.

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