Semolina gnocchi were one of my favourites as a child, but it is literally ages that I don’t eat them! Weird, isn’t it? On the other hand, I never liked cooked fennel, even though also the fennel recipe was a traditional one at home..
I was lucky enough to steal a weekend in Rome recently. I can’t wait to go back. There is no other place like that, not even in Italy. And the food! The variety and quality of vegetables is the most striking feature, especially now, at the beginning of spring. However, cookbooks and magazines are a good substitute for travel: you did not spend any hours blocked at the airport, with only tasteless airport ‘food’ and another million angry passangers..
These recipes love lovely! Have you a copy of “The Roman Cookery of Epicius” by Jonathan Edwards? It is a great translation and adaptation of the first early Roman recipes and is quite good. It may be out of print, however. I enjoy your blog very much.
1. Lower your expectations about the Spanish steps.
2. Go out at night. The fountains are beautiful and the pace less touristy.
3. Do not enter a cab unless you can see the rollbars.
4. Beware of alley restaurants. Our friends paid $25 for two cokes.
5. The Vatican has a no tolerance dress code.
6. Be careful if you want your golf balls blessed at the Vatican gift shop. In the summer, the temp. pope blesses them. I am not sure how that works out.
7.Don’t talk to the gladiators at the Forum. They love messing with the tourists, especially pretty girls.
8. Do not joke about terrorits at the airport. Security stands on a catwalk with machine guns.
9. These people do not believe in ice or French dressing. Take your own (dressing, not ice).
10. Dining begins at nine and goes for hours. Eat first.
Oh yummmmm!! Rome is my favorite city ever and I can’t wait to get that magazine. These images are gorgeouser and gorgeouser!! Call me when you set sail for Rome – I’ve got some good spots to tell you about…or maybe I’ll just put them on my blog. You are too inspiring Tim
I love fennel! Just picked up the lastest Saveur and look forward to reading from front to back. Rome is on my “bucket list” – I will have to make these to feel like I am there until I actually venture over. Thanks for sharing.
oh, hot diggity!! just pulled this little fennel number out of my saveur today, fingers-crossed that it would be as smashing as it sounds. i’m smiling all over that it’s been tried, and liked. i’m all over this one, once we get some local fennel…