I honestly dare anyone who lives here for any length of time not to become obsessed with food. In the morning as I munch my gluten-free toast with Calve All Natural Peanut Butter – how ever will I go back to that Kraft Krap I once loved – my mind is racing as to what we will have for dinner. Of course menus change radically when the almost daily visit to the butcher and vegetable stall reveal something that you just can’t resist or when an old favorite has come into its own and you want to grab the first of the season.
In a spirit of sharing I thought I’d provide a few more food photos and a few links to some wonderful food and foodies sites – some I check regularly and one that I hadn’t seen before.
Zucchini flowers are ubiquitous here in Italy. You will find most trattoria – or at least in the south – have Fiori di Zucca on the menu as an antipasti. Normally these would be zucchini flowers stuffed with a strip of anchovy and a small bar of pecorino, dipped in a batter and deep fried. Michelle over at Bleeding Espresso – or rather her husband’s aunt – has come up with a simple recipe for zucchini flower fritters which sounds delicious. And she has links to a few variations on the standard Fiori recipes.
I mentioned in an earlier post that Laurent had a wonderful panzanella (bread salad) at Osteria Piazzetta dell’Erba last month. When visiting my friend Wendy Holloway’s The Flavor of Italy I was moved to click on one of her links which took me to A Stove with a House Around It and a quick, easy and tasty looking version of Panzanella using a minimum of ingredients. A nice dish to remind you of the tastes of summer as autumn comes upon us.
Wendy at The Flavor of Italy doesn’t post all that often – she has her hands full with her B&B, her cooking courses and a few other pans on the burners. But when something comes into season she passes on recipes to make the most of what’s become available. Her lavender crop was plentiful earlier this year so as a dolci – or just a sinful pleasure – she made Lavender-Honey Gelato. I’m not sure if I’ll try the recipe – I do have some lavender on the balcony – or just make the trip out to see her.
Moving away from Italy – about 9000 kms more or less – to the Pacific Coast of Canada and my old friend Dan Peiser sitting at the big picture window looking out over the Gulf in his beautiful home on Galeano Island. I can’t believe its been almost a year since he started posting IslandEat and I don’t think I’ve made reference to it at all!!! Some friend!! As well as food preparation and food talk Dan has been sharing a delightful series of recipes he found amongst his grandmother Jessie’s papers. In his What Would Jessie Dish series he mixes her handwritten – and often cryptic – recipes with family photos and reminiscences. The most recent recipe is for simple Brown Sugar Cookies – and as always with it comes a stream of memories of a lady I would have love to meet.
Telling the stories of the history of the port of Charlottetown and the marine heritage of Northumberland Strait on Canada's East Coast. Winner of the Heritage Award from the PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation and a Heritage Preservation Award from the City of Charlottetown