Midnight in Lisbon. You’ve just taken the #28 tram up the hill from the Plaça. You are hungry, you are poor. Or maybe you are just a dorm rat at Pomona College and all you have is a can of clams and a package of fideo noodles (or worse, ramen) and a hot plate. You can feed your starving bohemian soul for about $5.00 and maybe your soulmate too, before you go back to work on that stage play you’ll never finish---a midsummer night’s dream, or something like that.
Just about everything here comes out of the pantry or freezer. By the way, frozen peas are very handy to have around. But canned clams and canned tuna are your essential life support system. Along with noodles. The key thing here is to lightly toast the fideo in olive oil and bacon fat along with garlic. And I’m thinking that your inner dorm rat might actually be able to use a 25 cent package of ramen provided that you throw the seasoning packet in the trash first.
1 6.5 ounce can clams, drained and liquid reserved
½ of one package of fideo noodles, about three ounces (or substitute ramen)
Standup commis flâneur, and food historian. Pierino's background is in Italian and Spanish cooking but of late he's focused on frozen desserts. He is now finishing his cookbook, MALAVIDA! Can it get worse? Yes, it can. Visit the Malavida Brass Knuckle cooking page at Facebook and your posts are welcome there.