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Poetry of material things-Spaghetti with tuna, capers and kritamo

Today is the World Poetry Day…

…poems are shared, recited, remembered with greater then usually intensity…DSC_0121otvAt our home we have celebrated this special day not with a poem but with a poetic dish…a sublime plate which intertwines my memories and personal touches:DSC_0090otvDSC_0113otv

Scene 1.Traveling

- For the first time in my life I am in Ikaria and a welcome pasta plate is being prepared at the friends’ stone home in Perdiki: the garlic is already added into the olive oil in the pan with tuna pieces being minced at that very moment…the aroma from the kitchenette is spreading in the whole house…outside a view on the Icarian sea

Scene 2. Home sweet home

- It is early June and the sun is setting over the island of Proti…I gather kritamo leaves on a rocky beach of Ag. Nicholas and then with a guidance of a dear friend I pickle them in our kitchen…

DSC_0084otvToday we are celebrating poetry with flavors, colors and textures…with no words uttered…as obviously….

One should not talk (or read) while eating!DSC_0148otv


  • 1 cup of olive oil
  • 2-3 garlic cloves cut or minced
  • 2-3 fresh tomatoes 
  • 1-2 cans of tuna fish
  • 1 bunch of parsley
  • Pickled capers
  • Pickled Kritamo (sea fennel or rock sapphire)
  • Grated cheese: Kerrygold Regato Or Parmigiano
  • Spaghetti (size 10 recommended)
  • Salt and pepper


Cooking instructions:

  1. Warm olive oil in a pan and add garlic and tuna 
  2. Mince tuna with a fork
  3. Liquefy tomatoes with a mixer
  4. Add the tomato liquid to the pan
  5. Cut parsley and add to the pan
  6. Add salt
  7. Shimmer till tomatoes are cooked and parsley soft
  8. Meanwhile boil pasta (spaghetti)
  9. Serve the sauce on top of pasta and garnish with capers and kritamo…
  10. Sprinkle with cheese

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