If you saw my previous post, you’ll know I’m off to Italy this week. First stop, the seaside in Le Marche, then up to the Tuscan hills where, when I wake each morning, I’ll be confronted with this view.
I can’t take credit for the photo above – my Dad took it early one morning last year, mist still drifting through mountains bathed in a hazy, lazy light – but I hope to capture many more, (alongside a ton of food photos), to share with you when I’m back.
I don’t have a recipe for you today. Instead I’m sharing a list with some links: things I’m planning to see, cook, eat, enjoy, experience. Italy is where I spent every summer as a littler loaf, and heading back each year is like slipping on a favourite pair of slippers or catching up with an old friend – it’s somewhere I know, love and anticipate visiting with complete and utter joy. Sometimes excitement comes from the unknown, and sometimes from the familiar, delivered by the secure knowledge that what you’re going to get will be very, very good.
Some things I’ll be enjoying over the next 10 days:
- Eating at this incredible restaurant
- Sampling as many different ice cream flavours as I can
- Sitting in the square of our local town (made famous by Frances Mayes)
- Lamenting the fact that we’ll be missing this incredible festival, but making up for it by grilling incredible Bistecca alla Fiorentina on the BBQ
- Deep-frying delicate courgette flowers, fresh from our neighbour’s garden
- Adapting this recipe to make the most fruit hanging heavy and ripe from the trees in our garden
- Steeping some of said fruit with teabags to make the best iced tea
- Drinking spritz before dinner and sgroppino after
- Making tiramisu based on this recipe, laced with local vin santo
- Eating these ‘ugly but good’ biscuits with these chocolate truffle pots
- Picking fresh basil from the giant plant that grows on the terrace & making it into pesto
- Experimenting with variations on the no-churn ice cream recipes from this beautiful blog
- Playing around with my camera in real, natural sunlight (no after work rush or pouring rain!)
I’ll be back at the end of July and am hoping to have lots and lots of recipes and stories to share with you.