Sorry for the cell phone photos today. I normally keep my "iPhoneography" to my Instagram feed, but I'm battling with various technology issues: Typepad seems to be back up more or less steadily, but we've lost our rural-Italy Internet ("lost" isn't accurate, we still have a connection good enough to download emails and hang laundry, bake a cake and eat it even in the meanwhile, but not much more). Worst of all, I left my camera out in the garden overnight (how could I?), and it's currently sitting in box filled with rice to draw all the moisture out. Fortunately, it didn't rain that night!
So, what to do when technology fails you? You make salsa verde, which I discovered while trying to use up some of my amazing crop of parsley, which has been so abundant that I've even used it to mulch the garden as a feline deterrent. But no more: from now on, I'm planting even more parsley, and will use all of it to make salsa verde, my latest culinary addiction.
It's a very simple recipe: in a blender, put parsley leaves trimmed off the stem (about 5 cups), add capers in vinegar (about 2 tablespoons), a few anchovies, a dash of balsamic vinegar, and enough olive oil to make it a creamy sauce. Blend. Someone suggested on Instagram to add a boiled egg to the concoction, which is how this reader's father makes his salsa verde. I haven't tried it yet, but it sounds like a very good suggestion.
Then you eat your salsa verde - with fish, meat, as a dip for raw vegetables, or with a spoon. And I recommend the latter method as a good remedy for when technology is against you.