Sunday, September 10, 2006

sardinia diary: pane carasau

though sardinia is officially a part of italy, it's almost a separate country with its own language, traditions and food. i guess you can say that about the other regions of italy as well except for the language part. one of the foods that i enjoyed very much in sardinia was pane carasau, a very thin crisp bread which tastes more like a cracker than bread.

the first thing that i looked forward to in restaurants was the bread basket which always had lots of pane carasau. sometimes it is roasted till it becomes almost terracotta-like in complexion. it can be eaten on its own or drizzled with olive oil, salt and pepper.

it's yummy as a base for grilled cheeses and also is a good accompaniment to grilled vegetables. the sardinians use it in very innovative ways including as a plate which, of course, you eat at the end of the meal!


Blogger Kalyn said...

Ive been to Italy but never to Sardinia and I'm enjoying your little glimpses of it.

2:56 pm  
Blogger Lulu said...

hi kalyn,
you should definitely plan a trip to sardinia. it's such a treat and you can probably tell how much i loved it. if i had to do it again, i would have gone to alghero in the north west as well. i've heard it has a different feel to the rest of sardinia as it had a lot of spanish influence. i love anything spanish so i think i would have enjoyed alghero and am sad i didn't have time to go there as i was keen on the amalfi coast as well. choices, choices, choices!

10:44 pm  

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