New year new adventures…

It seems like yesterday that we were looking up to Christmas… and once again I am guilty as charged from not blogging for a long time! December turned out to be a tough month, with 2 bouts of various bugs which netted me half a stone and generally made me feel pretty dreary… so much so that I missed the fabulous TFGE Christmas do at Locanda dei Gusti… 😦 what a shame, but I was still under the influence of the dreaded norovirus!
Christmas was what was needed though… spending a bit less than a fortnight with family in Rome, enjoying walks and exhibition with lovely husband recharged my batteries.
As ever, we rekindled our family traditions for the Eve–our thin dinner!–and for the Day–our big dinner! 🙂
I made my fritto alla Romana and this year it came out very well, light and fluffy. Don’t ask me how, making the batter has no rime or reason for me, I use the same method and yet every time it is different. So, cauliflower florets and apples enjoyed the batter treatment whereas sliced artichokes were just dipped in egg and flour… ok, frying for an hour and half is a bit of a chore, but then the results are rather amazing! The Eve also saw my Mum back at the helm of pasta al tonno, roasted fish in the oven and a casserole of various seafood and crustaceans!
The Day was well, traditional… fettuccine al pomodoro were followed by roast lamb and roast veal loaf, potato roasties and steamed greens–broccoli from our kitchen garden and also steamed carrots and various salads!
Capodanno was spent with good friends–and I contributed la lenticchia, i.e. lentils stewed with garlic, celery and tomato, a traditional dish for New Year’s Eve, as it symbolises money and good luck. I enjoyed these on their own, but they are traditionally served with cotechino! Look here for an idea: http://www.academiabarilla.com/italian-recipes/second-courses/cotechino-with-lentils.aspx
We got back refreshed and ready for more adventures… see the next posts for what I have been up to. I promise more regular kitchen and garden updates but watch out for my pics on twitter too!
Ciao…
🙂

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