A moreish antipasto that makes use of new-season courgettes fried in crisp batter – they’ll vanish as quickly as you can make them
For the sake of this column, it would have been convenient if Inspector Montalbano had eaten courgettes in some shape or form while investigating the death of engineer Silvio Luparello in The Shape of Water. He doesn’t. Instead, while the Sicilian detective unpicks the web of prostitutes, pimps, judges, false clues and vendettas, he eats calia e simenza (roasted chickpeas and salted pumpkin seeds), pasta with oil and garlic, shrimps with lemon, roast peppers and Signora Elisa’s braised purpiteddri (baby octopus).
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