Friday, December 31, 2010


Irma is another friend who is a wonderful cook and this is what we ate for a long lunch today:

There were home dried tomatoes with a piquant dressing

followed by this elegant pasta dish of ham and chiodini mushrooms, invented by Irma

and served on a basil purée:

Then there was roast pork

prettily served with a fennel and orange salad and apple purée:

Now, I have to say I'm proud of this.  I had invented a semifreddo of white torrone to take along as a dessert.  I got the idea from a magazine but the recipe seemed unnecessarily complicated to me, so I adapted the semifreddo of marrons glacés recipe from Il Cucchiaio d'Argento and it worked very well.  I found the chocolate letters and numbers in the supermarket.  [They are by paneangeli, if you're in Italy.]

After that, there was Irma's cobaita [or giuggiulena in dialect]

plus mustaccioli biscuits filled with nuts and fig paste and nucatoli honey biscuits.

Now I have to find room for a dish of lentils, to bring myself good fortune in the New Year!

Happy 2011, everybody, from Simi and me! xx woof!


Bev said...

I didn't know that the lentils were to bring good luck. I know that it is at just about every table at New Year's Eve. Good thing I made it today, not even knowing.

Your food looks sumptious. You had fun! We wish you a wonderful 2011. Tala sends Simi her own greetings doggie style. See you in the New Year!

Anne in Oxfordshire said...

Oh my word Pat , where do you put it all .. looks so tasty .. swap with you :-) Happy New Year to you and Simi xx

Ellee Seymour said...

What a wonderful feast. I use lentils a lot and will add them to my roast lamb dish which I am cooking with red wine today. Here's hoping that luck works!

CherryPie said...

Happy New Year to you :-)

sally in norfolk said...

happy new year to you wishing you a year filled with love and happiness :-) x

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Hi, Bev. Oh, yes, they bring you money! Glad you had some yesterday. Love and happy New Year to all of you. Special love to Tala from Simi xx woof! Hi, Anne. On my hips, mostly! Happy New Year. x Hi, Ellee. Yes, here's hoping! Thanks, Cherie and Happy New Year to you. Thanks, Sally, and a very Happy New Year to you. x

Lucia said...

Looks divine...yummy! Happy New Year Pat and Simi!

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Thanks, Lucia, from both of us. xx woof!


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