The Giving Season

No, I’m not talking about Christmas, I’m talking about the fruit bearing season in Abruzzo. Our very good friend Nino brought us this wonderful collection today. We have figs, large tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, peppers, and then his wonderful wife baked biscotti…I don’t think I’ll ever lose weight here.

When I walk I see trees bursting with fruit and the wonderful scent of jam making and baking wafts from open windows as I pass by.

It’s only going to get better as we move into Autumn.


We all need it at some point in our lives. After being sick, a long day at work, an argument with a loved one, a disappointment, broken heart. Whatever the reason we all turn to something that makes us feel better, soothes our soul and of course, comforts us.

I am recovering from a nasty infection that prevented me from eating. I was so exhausted I couldn’t even read. Today, at last, I’m feeling a little better and ventured out of the house to do a little Christmas shopping. All day I craved fried chicken, my comfort food, and on the way home stopped and got a couple of nice juicy fried chicken thighs. I sat in front of the fire and savored every last morsel. I feel much better now.

My Comfort Food

My Comfort Food

The other thing I crave after being ill is a nice crunchy piping hot plate of fish and chips. I may treat myself to that next week.

Of course it would have been nice to enjoy an ice-cold glass of unoaked Chardonnay to wash the chicken down with, but I am still recovering. One step at a time.

What are your comfort foods?

What do you crave when you are upset, depressed, or recovering from an illness? I’d love to know.

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