She also told me that they are no longer running the hotel. They still own it but have rented it out to a man who is now in charge of it. So hopefully, they are heading into those golden years of retirement which in Italy should be truly golden.
As long as I'm here, I might as well relate my latest cooking experiments. A few nights ago (yes, still somewhat sick and puny but bored out of my mind), I decided to try making some kind of pasta sauce using ricotta cheese. While at my kids' watching the food network, I've seen this done and it makes a creamy sauce but not as heavy as the American Alfredo sauce which I find way too rich. So I searched around and found one that used garlic and zuchinni sauteed in olive oil, then ricotta cheese added to that and melted down, and then - my recipe said - spaghetti tossed around in that, adding a little of the pasta water to make the sauce creamier and then giving it a good dose of parmesan regianno. I did all that and it was good...but...I will be trying it again with a few changes so won't post the recipe now. But here are pictures of some of the cooking and the finished product.
And then tonight I decided that I was going to try making homemade naan bread. I had asked for and received some jars of this Indian tikka masala sauce I found at World Market when I was there after my Italy trip and I liked it so much I added it to my "wish list". But I like naan bread with my Indian food so...I called Maggie to see if she had ever made it - she's getting to be quite the Indian chef much to January's delight! - and she had so she gave me her recipe and some moral support and I dug in. For my first attempt I was quite happy with it and I think it's going to be the perfect excuse to go buy a pizza stone. I love a good excuse to buy kitchen stuff. :) I will post a recipe sometime, but not tonight. But here are pics to prove I did it..
The dough (looks sort of like brains but it's dough)...This was half a recipe - enough to make three naans. I made four cause I wanted to try two different methods of cooking so I divided the dough into quarters and froze two balls of it and can now have naan again without all the hassle.
And my mama would be proud - I've already cleaned up the kitchen and run the dishwasher. So now, I'm going to put my jammies on and watch a movie or something - sure wish there was anything good on TV ever!