As I went for my early morning run, this morning promised a splendid sunny – maybe even warm (almost hot?) – kind of day. I spent most of the run planning out my activities for the weekend – BBQ Friday night after work with a glass of Chianti enjoying the sunset over the vineyard, Saturday was to be leisurely including town hopping (Greve and Panzano are bound to have a farm market going on), B-day shopping, gardening and an evening visit to Florence then Sunday (with the promise of really lousy weather) my intention is to cuddled up on the couch and enjoy one of my new e-books. So my plans to BBQ with DH this evening were almost confirmed and written in stone.
But as I look out my office window and desperately search for the sun, I realize that I had better come up with an alternative plan – at least as far as the grilled chicken with fresh Tuscan Herbs and jacket potatoes are concerned. Pizza anyone?
Saturday has received rave reviews from the local weatherman – sun sun sun and then more sun. So town hopping is still on the agenda. DH and I like to get out the vespa, don our helmets and wind around the country roads looking for a food festival or farmer market where we can have fun picking and choosing all kinds of yummy goodies. We then pile it all into the basket attached to the back of the bike and anything that doesn’t fit goes into my handbag. We drive home as fast as possible in order to set up outside in our garden under the umbrella and eat it all in one go!
I have to do some B-Day shopping because my little brother is going to be celebrating at the end of the month, and I don’t want him to wait 4 months (like my little sister did) to get his gift. I have to calculate normal postal delays between Tuscany and California – AND I have to calculate my perpetual procrastination in taking the box to the post office to actually send it. He (ever so) casually dropped a hint that our three section Toscanella briefcase was on his wish list but . . . let’s just say if he wants a briefcase for his B-day he’d better come and visit me first. I was actually thinking more along the line of a document holder or an iPad case.
I will be planting my zucchini plants this weekend so that they will be ready to sprout flowers real soon – and that of course means fried zucchini flowers. YUM! And since zucchini plants seem to be constantly in the production mode, two plants should keep us eating zucs until … I don’t know October? Which is just fine by me because I have at least 50 different ways to make them – the first of which is a Primavera sauce for the Pasta:
2 baby zucchini, 1 baby onion (or sweet onion), 2 ripe tomatoes, 150-200 gr. Ricotta cheese, a bunch of fresh parsley (or basil), 200 grs pasta and as much grated parmesan cheese as you like. (basics for any Italian recipe include Extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper)
Chop the onion and begin to sautee in extra virgin olive oil.
Chop the Zucchini and add to the onion.
Chop the tomato and as soon as the onion and zucchini are soft and golden add the tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper.
Cook until they are soft and you can smell the flavours mixing and remove from heat. Mix in the ricotta cheese and parsely.
Make your favorite type of short pasta. Drain (put leave just a little bit of the water).
Mix with the sauce and add some of the cooking water if it needs to be thinned out.
Sprinkle the cheese and serve . . . with lots of bread because the left over sauce will need to be scooped up, its just too good to leave behind.
Well, as the Italians are often apt to say – let’s hope for the best. Hopefully I will get home in time to at least have a little happy hour before the rain falls.
Wishing you all a great weekend – leave a comment with your plans!