I live in a new apartment that makes me crazy with joy. The park is close, the walls are blue, my roommate walks around naked, and so do I. Yesterday, some boy came over to have dinner. It’s fall and this is my version of my favorite Italian pasta.
Pasta con le Sarde: garlic, onion, tomatoes, sardines, salt, chili flakes, (dry) white vermouth, lemon, long pasta, toasted bread crumbs. A single fried egg.
Slice the tomatoes in half. Core them. Line them on a baking sheet and broil them for 10 - 15 minutes, until the skins blacken and are easily. removed. Pour a tablespoon of sardine juice into a skillet. Let it warm. Add the garlic and onion and cook it down… for … a … long… time. Add salt and chili flakes. Let them “bloom.” (Become fragrant.) Add the tomatoes, chopping them up with your spatula. Let them cook down… down… down. Add lemon (to taste.) Add two tablespoons of vermouth. (One for your, one for me.) Add the sardines, roughly chopping them with the spatula. Let it cook down… down… down. Boil the pasta to just-al-dente. Add them, with a splash of the pasta water, into the sauce. Stir everything. Sprinkle with toasted bread crumbs.
Top with a fried egg. Fry it in butter.