Patrick & Kevin went diving one last time this season and brought home a nice bug from Malibu. Next morning we had it for breakfast! Frittata with lobster, chives and tarragon.
Last October my husband and I travelled to Lugano Switzerland. He has been doing work with a Swiss company there and I tagged along! Lugano is right by the Italian border, in fact Lake Lugano borders Lake Como. Being in Lugano is just like being in Italy, everyone speaks Italian, everyone is stylishly dressed, everyone smokes, all the food is heavily influenced by Italy. Lugano is in the Canton called Ticino. We saw Ticino Cheese, Meats & Wine (White Merlot!). So when we left Lugano to take a train through the Alps to Zurich I fixed us up a tasty picnic of Ticino goodies.
The little ceramic cup that looks like a ramekin is called a boccalino, and that’s how you drink wine! The cheeses are Formaggella Pagilia and Alpe Bedretto. The bread and grapes from the farmer’s market in the Piazza and a local Salametti Mendrisio.
It rained all the way to Zurich, but we didn’t mind. Snug on the train with our lovely picnic.
In Southern California Farmer’s Markets many fruits and vegetables are available year round, but this doesn’t mean we don’t have seasons. Strawberries are a perfect example, you can find them almost year round looking gorgeous, plump, ruby red. Yet most of the year despite their appearance they are tart and flavorless. Starting right about now strawberries are coming into to season….how can you tell? By their aroma of course! I never buy or eat strawberries until I can smell them, steps away from the Farmer’s Market Stall on Sunday I could smell their lovely aroma wafting up from the table and I knew spring had arrived and it was time to eat strawberries!