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Old 02-09-2007, 03:24 PM   #11
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Hey, what don't you understand? Tell me and I'll be clearer, thanks for reading Skilletlicker! Its fun recording things I haven't come across before, and its amazing how much I am learning about northern Italian food. I had no idea this time last year, for example, how much butter was used instead of oil here in the northern reaches. Now, I am here of course its obvious...we are so Alpine really, but before I would have automatially reached for EVOO where now I know sometimes butter is more appropriate.

Anyway, thanks for reading!
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Old 02-09-2007, 04:47 PM   #12
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Tell me and I'll be clearer, thanks for reading Skilletlicker!
Well Lulu, I'm just not very smart, but I do enjoy "listening" to you.
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Old 02-10-2007, 08:37 AM   #13
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Lulu - what a wonderful diary of foods!! I'm enjoying it thoroughly also. Every post seems to send me to google to look up a particular item you mention - looking for recipes!! Thanks for great posts.
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Old 02-10-2007, 09:01 AM   #14
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Wow, thanks....I have only just realised the first part is missing :( must have been when everything went down. Oh, well, I'll have to eat more, rofl.

Antoher quick note here. DO NOT try yoghurt with strawberry and tomato. Yep, one pot of yogurt, two "imaginatively" combined flavours. There was also spinach & apple, mango & pumpkin, blackcurrant & carrot and Pineapple & fennel. I warned DH that matching colours did not equal matching flavours, but this is the guy who willingly eats olive oil icecream....
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Old 02-11-2007, 11:29 AM   #15
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Crema, Lombardia

Crema is a sweet little town south east of Milan. Today the market was busy around the duomo and we tasted, predictably dozens of sausage and cheeses. We bought a nice smoked goat's cheese too, which was delicious. Confetti and streamers were strewn in the roads, carnival season seems to be in full swing. Crema is the most active I have seen people in relation to carnival, and its history entwines it with Venice, despite it being firmly in the region of Lombardia Crema was owned by the Visconti of Venice in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. The close links were evident not only in the stremers and children, and some adults in full fancy dress, but also by women walking in the streets in full Venetian costume: masks and fans and long dresses gratiously posing for photographs and chatting amongst them sleves in the Duomo square.

Then we stopped for icecream. I have favourite flavours which I find it hard to bypass, but I decided I simply must today, so the cone we shared was loaded with three scoops: peaches and cream, green apple and sugared almond, which was an alarming shade of blue but scrummy!

A light lunch today, ouside Crema in the even smaller town of Soncino (7000 inhabitants), where we had raced to see the medieval castle. The castle is used in films, and wikipedia points out the fiolm Ladyhawke, so if anyone has seen that you will have seen Soncino castello. We arrived as everything shut for lunch. It hard to eat anywhere outside a big city on a sunday, but we found locals restaurant where you get two choices, and that was fine for us! DH, as per usual, went for the local hams to tart, I had the local ravioli, filled with "meat" and srved with butter and sage, then DHH had the local dish of polenta and pork ribs with chiodini (local, little mushrooms). I had an excellent steak served with rocket, parmesan and lemon juice. Then we hit the castello and tried to get to grips with the new camcorder. It was a good day. I am lat=ying off the pastries etc for a while, if I can resist, but I am of to Modena this week, venturing outside Lombardy...so perhaps I'l have more good food to report from there.
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Old 02-11-2007, 01:06 PM   #16
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Lulu, I am glad that you had such a wonderful day!! So you saw the castello of "Ladyhawk"!! Che fico!! I remember once a friend of mine from Parma told me that the castle they used was actually in Italy but I didn't remember where... I love that film!! If the video clip comes out you should put it on youtube!!

It's a great idea that you two venture out and see more of Italy every weekend. I guess it is different when your partner is a life time Roman, I did do summer holidays in Sardinia and Alto Adige, both of which I love, but I haven't even seen Firenze or Napoli, both within a couple of hours of drive, after 4 years!!

I hope you will enjoy your visit to Modena!! Emilia Romagna is another food heaven, so be ready and get there hungry!! I hope you can also visit Bologna, which is within 30km from Modena (Just a bit further away along the same motorway from Milano) and I hear everyone saying what a cool, beautiful city it is. Also if you or Michael like autos and motos, don't forget to visit Galleria Ferrari in Maranello and Ducati museum in Bologna!! Another must do is to pick up a bottle or two of vintage Modena balsamic vinegar, among other local goodies!! Have fun!!
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Old 02-12-2007, 05:13 AM   #17
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Well, Modena has been put back a week...I am going weekend after next now, but I have a feeling I will be seing a lot of nice cars...my friend works with "little black horses" if you catch my meaning, I won't say moe because they might not want to be talked about on line. I am actually going to meet some real horses too, the main reason for the trip is my friend has invited me to go and stay, maybe do some ground work with one of her horses...we'll see. Because its a staying with friends trip not sure how much eating I'll get to do, but my guess is we'll be going back a few times!

But, guess where I am going to be on Saturday now? ROMA!!!! We are coming just for the day because DH's colleague in the Rome office has a daughter whose birthday party it is. They are from New Orleans and are home sick, so we are going with DH's saxophone and strong voices to march up and down singing jazz, as requested by the little girl! We are flying in just before lunch so we have the early afternoon to lok around Roma a little bit...the party will start at 4 oclock....then we fly home that evening.....you can't leave a little girl homesick on her birthday after all!
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Old 02-12-2007, 11:38 AM   #18
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E vai, so you are coming to Roma!! With a saxophone!! Now we will know where all the racket is coming from if we are clamourously awakened next Saturday (Cris hardly sleeps during the week and we often catch up on z's until very late in the day on weekends!!)
Now you will have a tease of a preview of Rome (just a few hours in the afternoon will not be enough!!), I bet you will be itching for a return with more relaxing schedule!! Hope you guys have a great time and make the most of the very busy day!!
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Old 02-18-2007, 11:33 AM   #19
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I ventured out of Lombardia!

As I type now I am snaacking on my Sunday afternoon treat of chiacchiere and asti, the asti is just kicking in, so please excuse floridities and typos! Heaven, really really heaven. DH has said that he now feels chiacchiere are the single best thing to be produced in Italy, and I am tempted to agree. Its so hard to bypass these delights, as simple as they seem, and I am now dreading the end of them being in the shops If anyone wants a recipe I will find one and post it, these really must be tried.

Anyway, I left Lombardia yesterday, and got on a plane for Roma! Just one brief day, but a tantalising first taste of Lazio! As a citrus tree enthusiast I was enchanted by the lemons and oranges with their boughs bent with the weight of their fruit that line the railway lines of the airport shuttle train. My enchantment multiplied when i saw that some streets in Roma are lined with orange trees too, the merry little fruits bright like Christmas decorations, I wonder if people pick them for a snack whilst shopping?

Anyway, we had to go pretty much straight to DH's Rome office for some thing, but the location, CASPITA, what a location! Urmaniac will understand this, that it is practically adjacent to the Spanish Steps in Piazza d'espagna! so from the window I was watching four horses and carriages lining up, we thouht about taking a quick horse drivn tour, but at 150 erous and tight for time, we decided on Shank's pony instead, and our little feet practically ran the narrow streets between the Piazza d'espagna and Via del Corso. The difference in temperature between Rome and Milan was astounding, and we were peeling layers as we ran/walked the streets! Then we got a taxi to where we had to go, for a child's third birthday party. DH had brought his hornm, and met with a Roman clarinetest and a drummer from his office, and they entertained the children playing songs from Mary Poopins, none of these men new the tunes so I was shouting chords as they went and singing melodies in their ears and shaking some plastic maracas! It was amaxzingly good fun, and the broodiness hit in, DH wanted to take home a baby dressed as a bee who had her hands all over his sax Any way, what intersets you lot was the party food! Pizza, but with NO cheese for these tinies, and in stead of Birthday fcake corostata di nutella, a nutella tart with latticed top.

After the party ended we had only two hours so we ran down th ehill back into the centre of Rome, crossed the Tiber and went into Trastevere, where we looked for a restaurant a friend had said we must go to called Gioacchino's, but this we never fouynd, and feeling the clock ticking we raced into a restarant in Via Pelliccia opposite Augusto (for urmanic's benefit!) where we wolfed down some crostata, one with blak olive pate and one with artichoke and truffle oil. The truffle oil was not on the menu, and I balked as I smelt it arrive but I have to admit I liked the taste. I hae a long standing repulsion to th smell of truffle, so eating it was smething of a feat, and to be honest I could smell it all through the night, but I am so glad I tried it, and it was worth it! DH then ate coda vaccina, a plate of oxtail and tomato stew, I was dithering, we were rushed and I wanted something reminiscent of the beautiful citrus trees that had captured me as I entered Roma, and to celebrate the warmth! But the only thing I fancied was the vitello al limone. I have issues with veal, and said, in English to DH, that I was saddened to not be abke to choose that. But the waiter, who spoke beautiful lyrical english, heard me nd offered to have it made with chicken instead, and knowing we were rushing, scampered of the the kitchen. It was all divne, and I wished we could have loitered longer, but the cats waited and we were latish for the plane so we lept in to a taxi, for the safest journey I have had in Italy on the roads...all though it was 8, when the shops close, the traffic seemed to part in front of us and our taxi driver was softly spoken and angelic, chatting to me aand patient with my painfully slow Italian, unliike the Milanese whop just resort to English!

I LOVED Roma! I can hardly wait to go back, next time I have a friend I want to meet with though!
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Old 02-18-2007, 02:47 PM   #20
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Lulu, I just love your posts. They're worthy of a blog of their own with accompanying photos. Not sure if that would give away more info than you want to, but it would be great to see pictures of your chiacchiere and asti!
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