Happy Birthday to Me! The family rallied to create the perfect birthday party for me. What made it perfect? Great food! Great conversation – that I only understood 40% of! Great tales of yesterday. Great hopes for tomorrow.
Primo piatto was ravioli that was so “sono buoni” that I want to take Annarita and Carmela back to the United States with me to just feed me the ravioli. I’m going to create a special section to post Carmela’s recipes – they are all a touch of this and a toss of tantalizing!
Secondo Piatto? Why it could be nothing less than my absolute favorite meat – roasted lamb. Jack absolutely hates lamb but tasted Carmela’s and asked for seconds. She added a secret ingredient – booze!
Yes, we had a vegetable too. Right now fava beans are in season and incredibly plentiful at the market. But who needs to go to the market – so many people grow fava beans that they give away baskets full. Think tons of zucchini in the summer finding its way from your neighbors garden to your back porch. I must admit, I never had fresh fava beans before – only dried. Since Zia Vittoria gives me a basket every few days, I too have been experimenting with how to cook them. (I made a fantastic batch the other day with apple, cinnamon, onions, red pepper and – well I don’t remember – I just threw in what ever was handy.)
Diets be damned. How can anyone say no to a vanilla cake with layers of real whipped cream, nuts, chocolate and bits of heaven. My family in the states is full of artistic types and it never ceases to amaze me to discover that our family in Italy has the same artistic characteristics. As Zia Giuseppina is constantly saying to me – “we are of the same blood.”
You know, today is my special day. I am just going to eat, drink and then go to the piazza and do it again. So long – see you domani.