Blue skies on the horizon?

Blue skies ahead
Photo by Rubber Slippers in Italy. Derivative of IMG_0376, licensed under CC BY 2.0 by clay53012.

Well, there’s a 70% chance – according to weather forecasts – for clear skies this weekend, and one can always HOPE. A tuscan holiday is still on, but in the event we end up stuck in a hotel while it pours outside, there’s a bar downstairs and free WiFi to entertain ourselves. I’ll show you the first thing I buy when we go shopping.

Italy Week as deemed by Masterchef Australia

The direct result of this unrelenting and unsummer-like weather is that there’s more time for television, even if it means watching shows that are 2 to 3 (or even more) years old. Masterchef Australia 2012 (season 4) is just one of those programs that snuck up on me while I was cursing the fact that we were short on Campari, and while I’m aware that it’s reality tv in an apron, I’d be lying if I didn’t admit to enjoying the drama between contestants while they battled it out during Italy Week. Lucky Ozzies. Too bad they had to be dubbed over in italian in order for us to understand them. Rome, Tuscany, the ginormous Barilla factory in Parma – the top 10 finalists made me green with envy when they met Gualtiero Marchesi and sampled his risotto oro e zafferano. Heck, his precious rice dish matched the color of his cooking school!

Screen grab
Marchesi on Masterchef Australia
In Marchesi’s words, risotto is at the right point when it’s al dente without being raw.

Antipasti dinner, chicken Sunday lunch

Antipasti dinner

Sun or no sun, weekends are meant for meals like this. Burrata with oven-roasted tomatoes, roasted red bell peppers, white bean puree, lavender chicken, zucchini just plucked from the garden, chocolate ganache/salted caramel tarts! Here’s the thing – I was infected influenced by Masterchef. And as silly as that might sound, I’ll be drawing inspiration from the Italy Week episodes and taking it one step further by recreating some of the australian recipes in my own italian kitchen.

Pollo della Domenica


8 thoughts on “Blue skies on the horizon?

    1. Rowena Post author

      Thanks, and hallelujah for creative commons. I looked outside, saw the trees and thought “hey, we need some lightning to brighten the mood.” XD


    1. Rowena Post author

      I’m doing the reverse psychology thing and preparing for winter by airing out the wool blankets. Now is also the time to start knitting scarves. 😐


    1. Rowena Post author

      All I REALLY want is for my tomatoes to ripen! That blue tomato? It’s still on the vine, looking as if it’s freezing in its own skin (no wonder it’s blue)….heh heh



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