"Discover Cooking, Discuss Life."

Go Back   Discuss Cooking - Cooking Forums > Recipes & Ingredients > Vegetables
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 01-17-2007, 06:32 AM   #1
Head Chef
 
lulu's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: England
Posts: 2,039
Catalogna sfusa

I have googled but I cannot find a translation from Italian to English for this vegetable that I found this morning in the shops.

It looks a bit like a long white stemed chard with a dandylionish leaf. There was a similar vegetable there called catalogna but with no sfusa after it.

My usual method of finding out how to cook new things (speak to fellow customer in produce section who looks like she would know!) revealed that I should cut the base off and steam or saute the leaves and that it might taste bitter. The other similar type she said you eat raw.

Does anyone here know what this vegetable could be called in English?

__________________

__________________
In omnibus amor et iustum
lulu is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-17-2007, 06:39 AM   #2
Head Chef
 
lulu's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: England
Posts: 2,039
OK, I am kind of embarrassed because I am assuming that Catalonia is where they are from, (although is clearly labelled as being the name of veg) and having tasted the raw green bit it does taste like very big dandylion, so presumably it is exactly that: big tough dandylion for cooking...

(shakes head and has red face!)
__________________

__________________
In omnibus amor et iustum
lulu is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-17-2007, 06:41 AM   #3
Executive Chef
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 4,764
Send a message via MSN to urmaniac13 Send a message via Skype™ to urmaniac13
I did a search too but nothing came up... is it possible to post an image? I will try to ask around and see if he has any idea too...
__________________
urmaniac13 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-17-2007, 06:44 AM   #4
Head Chef
 
lulu's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: England
Posts: 2,039
Since when was "he" called "around", rofl!

No camera ATM :( Cannot even text you a piccy as apparently you have to do some strange activation thing on Italian sim cards to allow photo sending?????
__________________
In omnibus amor et iustum
lulu is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-17-2007, 11:04 AM   #5
Executive Chef
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 4,764
Send a message via MSN to urmaniac13 Send a message via Skype™ to urmaniac13
Quote:
Originally Posted by lulu
Since when was "he" called "around", rofl!
Actually I just thought this may not his type of vegetable, (he does have a few items that he does not like, really!), with exceptions of radicchio, cabbage and spinach in certain style, we are not very enthusiastic on cooked leafy vegetables.
So I thought if he doesn't know about it maybe I could ask Stefania, wife of his good friend Andrea. She is pretty into cooking and apparantly fond of this sort of vegetables, she always tries to feed us sauteed broccoletti (the leafy part of broccoli), boiled indiva etc. when we are invited for dinners...
__________________
urmaniac13 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-17-2007, 08:44 PM   #6
Executive Chef
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 4,764
Send a message via MSN to urmaniac13 Send a message via Skype™ to urmaniac13
Okay, Cris said "Catalogna" is a type of chicory, can be used for salad but as you mentioned, it is a bit bitter therefore many people prefer them sauteed. BTW, the word "sfusa" has nothing to do with the name of the vegetable, it means "loose" or "unpacked"!! (I also just learned from Cris!!)
__________________
urmaniac13 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-18-2007, 02:40 AM   #7
Head Chef
 
lulu's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: England
Posts: 2,039
D'uh! Thanks! We had it last night and yes, it is very bitter. Its good though, we'll have it again....I sauteed it with garlic as advised.
__________________
In omnibus amor et iustum
lulu is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-18-2007, 07:03 AM   #8
Senior Cook
 
RDG's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Milano, Italy
Posts: 223
Send a message via MSN to RDG
Hi, lulu, how do yo do, in Milano?
Urmaniac has answered before me: Catalogna is a bitter vegetable....Good in pan, with garlic and salted anchovies, or covered with cheese.
And "sfusa"...yes: it means "unpacked". Wine "sfuso" is the wine of the restaurant, not in bottle.
__________________
RDG is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-18-2007, 07:08 AM   #9
Head Chef
 
lulu's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: England
Posts: 2,039
Ciao RDG! e Grazie!
__________________

__________________
In omnibus amor et iustum
lulu is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
None

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Discuss Cooking on Facebook

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:05 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.