It’s time for Dr HH’s traditional VeganMoFo guest post. Regular readers will know that Dr HH is a secretive fellow who has never been named or photographed on this blog. Today, at last, I have his permission to share some real footage of him in action at this restaurant in Verona:
Now over to the man himself to tell you about all the food he devoured!
When I think about my favourite meals of all time, I think of large slabs of lasagne, an endless bowl of saag with makki di roti, or anything fried. When I move away from these glorious comfort foods, I like to try as many things as possible. A mixed starter plate, a thali, or a buffet. Give me a meal filled with lots of different things and I am a happy man. When looking back at our recent holiday it made sense for me to write about La Tigella Verona for two reasons; one, I am truly in my element with this thali-style feast; and two, I ate most of it!
The feast consisted of 10 little pots, each filled with some sort of exciting mystery dish:
Something best described as punchy vegetables
Green olive tapenade
Sundried tomato spread
Nutty cream cheese
Cheddar style cheese squares
This was accompanied by a plate each filled with grilled vegetables (aubergine, courgette, peppers), pate and 3 types of cheese (mozzarella, cheddar and something that was kind of in the middle).
And it was all served up with 6 tigelle, little warm round breads that reminded me a little of flat English muffins, and a gnocco frito, a glorious fried dumpling which was lovely and soft on the inside and crispy and flaky outside – a truly magnificent bready feat (pictured here).
How do you go about eating such a feast? There is only one rule…there are no rules! Except save the sweet stuff for last (Ms HH’s doing, not mine). In I went, combining everything. Olive and cheese, asparagus cream and courgette, sundried tomatoes and green vegetables, a pizza with tomatoes, cheese and olives, a gluten free pizza where I replaced the tigella base with a slice of aubergine. You name a combination, I probably tried it!
I ate, and I ate and I ate. Ms HH was left rolling on the floor clutching her belly, other diners were staring at me open-mouthed, people were pouring in from the streets to watch events unfold – and I just kept on eating until everything was gone. Well, almost everything. The mayonnaise just wasn’t that exciting.
I believe the ‘correct’ way of eating tigelle is to open them up, fill them and eat them like a sandwich. To hell with the correct way: I broke, I tore, I scooped, I did it all and I’d do it again. This was a fine feast! A few things that really stood out were the mozzarella, the punchy vegetable and of course the gnocco frito.
If you ever get the opportunity to sample this glorious feast, I recommend you take it, and I’d recommend you take along someone who can’t eat their half share.