Every morning the streets of Nice are full of men carrying large round trays of socca on their heads (wrapped with handkerchiefs) to the marketplaces and shouting “Tout caud” (It is hot). The fragrance of small pieces of socca wrapped in brown paper cones mingles with the smell of fresh fruits and vegetables to give the open-air market a truly wonderful atmosphere.
Socca is quick and easy to prepare at home. Chickpea flour is sold in Greek, Spanish, and Italian markets as well as mail order shops. Children love socca for snacks, and it is a delicious appetizer, cut in small pieces and wrapped in bright paper napkins to accompany a chilled rosé, vermouth, or dry white wine.
Mix the flour, oil, salt, and water, in a bowl. Stir well and let stand for 1 hour (at room temperature or refrigerated).
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