The meat, the marinara, the cheese! …That moment when you gotta say, “Momma-Mia!”Main Course / July 7, 2017
Many of us quibble about the question, “Which came first, the chicken or the egg?” But it seems to me there is a larger issue here that asks who cares about eggs OR chickens unless they’re under a marinara sauce??? In fact, do we really need anything BUT the marinara? Why, the discovery of tomatoes is when the clap of consciousness MUST have occurred. At least if you love Italian food. And who doesn’t???
According to Fork and Plate, Marinara sauce originated in southern Italy, with both Naples and Sicily being cited as its possible birthplace. It could not have been invented before the 16th century when tomatoes, a New World food, arrived in Europe, since the first mention of tomatoes in Italy dates to the mid-1600s. And even though the 1600’s are not necessarily synonymous with the Big Bang in terms of calculating the history of the universe, I think we all consider it one of the greatest inventions of all time.
Choosing something with a marinara, and in this case with meat added, is the perpetual brilliant idea. It’s as though when we suggest it, the whole room looks at us like we’ve just written the screenplay for the next Oscar winning film. You hear things like, “Oh my GOSH! That sounds good. What a GREAT idea!!!…And maybe that’s because tomatoes are more than a fruit, they make us feel good. As John Thorne writes in a blog on Saveur, “Tomatoes were born to give pleasure.”
Tomatophogia, or the actual craving for tomatoes is based on some pretty scientific stuff. We know that lycopene is important for keeping us healthy with the benefits of tomato-noshing far exceeding any small reason NOT to eat them. Speaking of cravings, check out this amazing blog called Organic Daily Post. It is brimming with some of the best content, videos, and how-to out there on food, herbs, oils, and nutrition. It is here you can discover the ‘right’ way to start tomatoes from seeds. (A must try if you happily suffer from tomatophogia!)
But let’s get back to the post. And my recipe. And why you read my website: YUMMY FOOD!
AHHH, AND what better vehicle to transport us into our “vivid Italian-ness” than eggplant? Especially when it’s wrapped around ricotta cheese and smothered in the sauce of the gods? Ah yes, ahhhh.