On my plate, in my life
I love living in my host family - we laugh a lot, and we eat like kings. I just wanted to give a recap of some of what I have been treated to recently. Firstly, new linens, possibly the cutest in the world:
So soft and cuddly! Its a wonderful comforter. We have also had a ton of new dishes. I love that Michelle makes new foods every night - totally my style. One night we had penne arrabiata, a spicy tomato sauce, as a primo, covered in freshly grated ricotta salata. For the next course we had spiced ground lamb wrapped in phyllo dough, baked polenta, green salad and tomato salad. We rounded out the meal with a cheese with truffles in it... exquisite...
Another night, we started with pasta in brodo, or little star pasta in chicken broth. We had cotechino, a traditional Italian sausage served at Christmas time. Its kind of like kielbasa, but a bit fattier and its just perfect with tons of mustard! We had it with salad and baked potatoes, both covered with new oil (still amazing) and salt and pepper.
A few days later, dinner started with asparagus risotto, covered in parmesan cheese. We then had pork roulades, rolled around fontina cheese and a piece of prosciutto, served with roasted mushrooms and artichokes in a port wine sauce. We had roasted fennel with cheese, a sort of gratin Michelle is fond of, and bread. Of course, we had a delicious wine with the meal. For dessert we had homemade apple cake with fresh whipped cream and apple butter. I miss New England the most when I think of the apple and pumpkin flavored things that I'm sure are all out over there, but this was a nice reminder of home.
Another night we started with potato and leek soup, with new oil and croutons and parmesan cheese. We had homemade poached salmon and homemade mayonaise. We had more roasted fennel - I can't get enough of it - and a delicious kind of Sicilian coleslaw with anchovy sauce.
Just last night, we had yet another scrumptious meal! Pappa e Pomodoro, a type of bread and tomato soup to start us off, and shepherds pie and bruschetta!
Even my teachers help us out with goodies. On Thanksgiving, one of my American professors who I had two classes with first took us to the Fransiscan order at San Marco - totally beautiful, before the cafe across the square for some pasteries!