Posts Tagged ‘Italian food’

another Italian film and a “borrowed” blood orange recipe

June 21, 2010

I watched another remarkable Italian film last night. The film “Il Divo” by Paolo Sorrentino was historically fascinating, visually striking and the acting was great. I am not normally a huge fan of docudramas but this story of the Italian Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti was wonderful, dark, exciting, and disturbing. I would definitely recommend this one.

The Recipe

This is a small appetizer or snack which I have made a few times. I found it in a small Italian cookbook I found in Goodwill; the dust sleeve was missing so the title is escaping me. I will circle back and give credit where credit is due although I think this is a fairly common recipe. It is incredibly easy to make.


3 or more naval or blood oranges (I like the blood oranges for taste and visual)

Olive oil

Dry or fresh chopped oregano

Dry or fresh chopped basil

Dry red pepper flakes

A large colorful serving plate


1. I like to roll the oranges with a slight amount of pressure on a table for a few seconds to get the juices going, but this is not mandatory. It really depends on the season and the oranges.

2. Wash the oranges under cold water for a few seconds.

3. Slice the oranges into 1/4 inch rounds and arrange on your plate.

4. Sprinkle each slice with your herbs.

5. Drizzle with a generous amount of olive oil, but don’t drown them.

6. Let stand for at least 10 minutes. Do not place in fridge or the olive oil might start to congeal.

7. Serve with small forks and a nice crusty bread.

8. Enjoy.