We are looking forward to a buon viaggio, 'good trip' and as time draws closer we become more excited. Today was Long Lunch day when we got together with our friends Sue & Noel and Jenny & Kevin to celebrate and anticipate our various European trips. We each brought food to the table from one of our destinations. Jenny made German food, Sue made Spanish and my food was Italian. Of course, the men found appropriate wines -- from Prosecco to Riesling to Marsala.
Pickled herrings and Margherita pizza
Tuscan chicken and beef & chicken tortillas
Drunken oranges & black forest cake
We had a wonderful long lunch, a midday meal to do justice to the Mediterranean way. In fact, our long lunch lasted six hours!
Kel is a keen fan of artichokes but we have never tried to prepare them ourselves. What would we do without Google and YouTube? After watching how to prepare carciofi the Italian way, I set to with lemon juice and a sharp knife. Then it was into the oven with a drizzle of olive oil and some garlic.
They were quite delicious, but next time I will look for smaller and younger artichokes.