Last week, I received a congratulatory message from WordPress (the makers of the world in which I blog). It turns out that I have been blogging here, At My Table, for a year now.
It was a great thing to be brought to my attention. I had been merrily blogging away and happily working my way through Marcella Hazan’s cookbook – and the anniversary would have passed me by. So I’m thankful I was alerted to it.
It’s good to be reminded sometimes of the things one has achieved. I’m not always good at persevering with long-term projects. So it’s good to stop and realise that I’ve persevered with this particular project for a whole year.
Ironically, for the past couple of weeks, while persevering with cooking, I have not managed to sit and write anything much at all. So here is a quick culinary summary of the past couple of weeks:
In the first week of March, I had my Mum, my brother, and two of my lovely Aunties, around my table for a quick dinner. It had to be quick as my brother was on his way to work, and my Mum and the Aunties were on their way to catch a train back to their home territory. Quick sauteed fillets of chicken were the order of the day.
Last week, I celebrated St.Patrick’s Day with an Italian dish that was green in colour. It was especially lovely to have Helen as one of the guests around my table. For those readers who have been following since recipe #1, you will remember that Helen was visiting with me at the time. She was the friend who encouraged me to set out on this culinary adventure and blog about it as I go. Much of the celebration of this past year of blogging is a celebration that Helen is very much a part of making possible. Thanks, Helen!
The green-tinted dish was ‘Gratineed Spinach and Ricotta Gnocchi’ which took care of two recipes in one go. First the ‘Spinach and Ricotta Gnocchi’ and then the ‘Gratineeing’ of them!
In the months before my arrival here in the homeland, Mum had been growing some potted herbs for me as a belated Christmas present. I was able to harvest the required ‘large bunch of basil’ from one of these pots, to make Marcella’s ‘Tomato Sauce with Garlic and Basil’. Mum came for a visit this week and we enjoyed the sauce over pasta for our dinner one night. Sorry, no photo.
Tonight, I had Mum and my brother for dinner again. We enjoyed another of Marcella’s fish dishes (didn’t remember to take a photo). This was followed by my first attempt at one of Marcella’s gelato recipes.
With a loan of an ice-cream maker, a punnet of strawberries, some sugar, a 1/4 cup of cream and 30 minutes of patience, we were rewarded with one of the most delicious things we had ever tasted. My brother declared it to be a ‘tick and three smiley faces’ achievement.
Some things are worth persevering with!
A few weeks ago: #108 ‘Sauteed Fillets of Breast of Chicken with Lemon and Parsley, Siena Style’ with mother, brother and two aunties at my table.
St.Patrick’s Day: #109 ‘Spinach and Ricotta Gnocchi’ and #110 ‘Gratineed Spinach and Ricotta Gnocchi’ with Janet and Helen at my table.
From a Christmas gift that keeps on giving: #111 ‘Tomato Sauce with Garlic and Basil’ with Mum at my table.
Tonight: #112 ‘Baked Fillet of Sole with Tomato, Oregano and Hot Pepper’ and #113 ‘Strawberry Gelato’ with Mum and my brother at my table.