Food • Cibo per la mente • Nourriture pour
by Gianni A. Sarcone & Marie-Jo Waeber
and 6 for your Brain
with Anchovies and Poppy Seeds (This recipe
was invented by Mastercook Gianni A. Sarcone) • The
omega-3 fatty acids found in fatty fishes are a primary
building block of brain tissue, so they will amp up your
thinking power. Anchovies are
rich on Omega 3 fatty acids, and they also provide niacin,
which can help ward off Alzheimer's disease and slow
the rate of cognitive decline. Moreover, this fish contains
calcium, iron, phosphorus, and selenium, for cell function.
seeds are the best source of linoleic acid,
or LA — a healthy fat that improves the workings
of the cerebral cortex, the area of the brain that processes
sensory information, including that of pleasure. They
are also very good sources of minerals like calcium,
iron, magnesium, phosphorus, copper and manganese, which
play a very important role in proper metabolism, increasing
the bone density, and improving muscle activity. Poppy
seeds are available in blue-gray and off-white varieties,
which are very similar in flavor and texture. Blue-gray
variety is considered 'European' poppy seeds, as it is
found mostly in Western countries. They add a nutty flavor
and texture to foods.
Ingredients • spaghetti (100 gr. per person).
• olive oil.
• 4 anchovy fillets per person.
• 5 tbs. (tablespoons) of poppy seeds per
Direction • Take the anchovy fillets out of their
container and put them in a dish in order to drain
some of their oil away.
• Cook the spaghetti 'al
dente' according to the package direction (approx. 9 min.)
• Meanwhile, heat up a large frying pan with 3-4 tbs. of olive oil, then
add the poppy seeds (5-6 full tbs. per person) and let them simmer gently over
a low heat for about five minutes.
• Once your spaghetti is cooked al dente, drain them and immediately throw
them into the frying pan containing the poppy seeds, add the anchovy fillets,
toss and mix everything quickly while cooking over a high heat for about 2-3
minutes. Then, serve hot and "buon appetito"!
• If you find the finished dish a bit salty for your taste, next time,
you can rinse the anchovy fillets in water and pat dry with kitchen paper.
Wine • To accompany this meal, we suggest dry
white wines like Vermentino (Italy), Riesling (Germany)
or Luins (Switzerland).
Grocery • Anchovy
fillets are normally available in any supermarket
and most of the time are in a small jar with olive
oil. However, you can purchase Italian anchovy filets here.
• You can also purchase poppy seeds here.
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