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Italian Cooking 
7th-Jul-2006 06:12 pm
hesadevil writing
I thought I'd learned nothing to add to the cookery repertoire from our Italian Adventure. But I was wrong. Remember that lovely meal in the Tratorria in Arezzo? We had chicken breasts flavoured with anise and I'd stashed a couple of jars of dried anise in the suitcase to bring home. Prior to that, I thought anise was a lovely flavoured spirit beloved of the French.

I'd burned my hand while cooking pork in tarragon a couple of nights ago, so MWNN did the cooking last night and used some anise while frying some thinly sliced chicken breasts in butter. Served with pasta, it was wonderful. I'm cooking a huge chicken with roastie potatoes tonight and have laced them liberally with anise.

Another thing I'd discovered was a little tray of soft cheeses that I'd taken to the farewell do for the English speakers from 3 continents at Bisticci Castle. I'd forgotten to include them in the last update of pics. The selection begins with those taken on the first evening when we all got to know one another, earlier in the month.

Pic 1 Castello di Bisticci.
Pic 2 Barry hangs out.
Pic 3 Barry and MWNN bond over a glass of the red stuff.
Pic 4 Cathy and Hesadevil (seated) chill out near the fridge.
Pic 5 Theresa and Judy keep warm by the fire.
Pic 6 Ferrying food to the farewell do. It's a long way down to the terrace.
Pic 7 Don in formal Host mode.
Pic 8 Don and Judy getting into the spirit - and the Prosecco.
Pic 9 The men's corner - Barry and Don (MWNN was ill in bed)- look over that parapet at how high up we were.
Pic 10 The men and women (in the gazebo)always separated at these gatherings - one of the reasons I didn't much care for them.
Pic 11 View from the Castle terrace.

Sainsbury has the cheese selection - look for a tiny tray with ovals of flavoured soft cheese (topped with pepper, sun-dried tomato, herbs) and little toothpicks. They're yummy and save a hell of a lot of time on the preparation as there is none.
Comments 
7th-Jul-2006 05:50 pm (UTC)
I have never tried anise - must look out for it and try it with chicken - we eat a lot of chicken.

Also I love your T-shirt with the cat on it.
7th-Jul-2006 05:58 pm (UTC)
The T-shirt is Greebo, with the text 'something wicked this way comes'. I bought it at the last Discworld Convention. I think you can still get them online Paul Kidby's site
7th-Jul-2006 07:42 pm (UTC)
I should have recognised him. Also I meant to say that it was a rather smart gazebo - as well as a rather smart Greebo!
7th-Jul-2006 06:32 pm (UTC)
You've made me hungry now !!!
8th-Jul-2006 11:30 am (UTC)
I hope you did something about that?
8th-Jul-2006 03:57 pm (UTC)
mmmm sliced avocado, sliced tomato, Mozzarella cheese, fresh basil, black pepper a touch of oil and vinegar and a sprinke of almonds . Followed by greek yoghurt and fresh raspberries! Yumm!
7th-Jul-2006 07:05 pm (UTC)
Mmmm... chicken and soft cheeses....
8th-Jul-2006 11:36 am (UTC)
Just the chicken and anise last night - no cheese. It was lovely.
7th-Jul-2006 07:07 pm (UTC)
This makes me all nostalgic for our trip to Tuscany last year. So beautiful. (But so is France and I'm going there in afortnight, yay!). Lovely pics - thanks for sharing.
8th-Jul-2006 11:29 am (UTC)
Enjoy France. Where are you going? I checked the weather and it's still very hot in the South (UV rating 8) so cover up.
7th-Jul-2006 09:35 pm (UTC)
The chicken sounds nice.

8th-Jul-2006 11:24 am (UTC)
You'd like it. Not a tomato within miles.
8th-Jul-2006 11:24 am (UTC)
Cheese?
8th-Jul-2006 11:28 am (UTC)
I didn't have any - we shopped at Morrisons.
8th-Jul-2006 11:29 am (UTC)
They don't do cheese in Morrisons?

(I've never been in one, maybe they don't!)
8th-Jul-2006 11:34 am (UTC)
They don't do those little apéritif cheeses I was wittering on about. You don't have a Morrisons near you? Their pies are to die for - really good Melton Mowbrays and Scottish ones.
8th-Jul-2006 11:38 am (UTC)
I think the nearest is in MK. I've never heard of another in the south, let alone round here. I drove past one in Castle Bromwich when I was in the Midlands a month or so ago, but that was the only one I have ever seen.
7th-Jul-2006 10:11 pm (UTC)
Mmm...Italy, chicken and cheese. What a wonderful combination.
8th-Jul-2006 11:25 am (UTC)
You forgot the anise - the essential, fragrant ingredient. It was lovely.
7th-Jul-2006 10:51 pm (UTC)
I've always associated anise with Italian food :D Mostly with pastries and booze (Anisette is a favorite aperitif of older Italian women in Philadelphia)
8th-Jul-2006 11:26 am (UTC)
It came as a surprise to meet it in a savoury dish - it's delicious whichever way it comes.
8th-Jul-2006 04:00 pm (UTC)
I use star anise in Chinese and Indian dishes ... or just to open the jar and inhale the scent!!
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