Food for all Tastes

The past few days have been filled with rain and writhing mists. Lovely to watch from my window. I don’t mind days like this, it gives me time to reset myself and take care of indoor chores I’ve been putting off for too long. My kitchen now much more user friendly in preparation for my son-in-law, who likes to cook. He will be here at Christmas…got to have the kitchen ready for him.
Yesterday (Sabato) wasn’t so bad and we met some friends for a fish and chip lunch. British fish and chips are not a regular cuisine in Abruzzo, but a lovely restaurant close by called Osteria Livornese, was serving them as a special for two days. They were delicious. We drank a little too much wine, but oh well. The chief was Irish and cooked the best fish and chips I’ve ever had. He was pretty amusing also…oh wait, of course he was, he’s Irish. We’ll visit the restaurant again and try out their specialty which is a fish broth called cacciucco.
When I opened my eyes at 7am this morning I thought it was still night time. The rain was heavy and has barely let up all day. I’d love to go for a walk, but not a chance. Instead I practiced Italian (as always), and then decided to harvest some of my basil and make pesto sauce. It turned out great!
I cooked Lancashire Hotpot for lunch, with Parmigiano Reggiano sprinkled on top, just to give it an Italian twist.
It’s still raining so I’m going to open one of Mr. King’s books, (Stephen to his friends) and laze away the afternoon in front of the fire.
Enjoy your Sunday everyone! (Buona Domenica a tutti)


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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We had a fabulous day today, visiting my dear friends Sandra and David just outside Berwick-upon-Tweed. Almost in Scotland. Sadly I forgot to take any photos, but I have them all in my head.

Sandra was my boss when I was 18, and working for Richmondshire District Council. I worked in the Treasurers Dept. This is where my story ‘Guy at the Bar’ was set.

I learned a great deal from Sandra. Her husband David took the photos when I married Lester way back in 1977. A great job he did too. Sandra and David breed Exmoor Ponies, beautiful chubby animals. There are only about 2000 of these ponies left in Britain, but Sandra and David are helping to increase these numbers. I wish I could have spent longer in Berwick, but it is a two-hour drive either way.
Whilst we were in Berwick, my lovely daughter spent the day with Margaret, my sister-in-law. They went shopping in (Joanna is attending a wedding in New Mexico when we get home). They also went to a wonderful farm shop that makes its own hand churned butter and ice cream. Finally they met up with my brother Bill and niece Sophia for (yes you guessed it) fish and chips. I believe my brother paid!!!! Wow, he must really like Joanna.

Lovely Exmoor Ponies

Tomorrow? Maybe Summerhouse. We have to pack ready for our trip to London on Friday, looking forward to fun in the big city and dinner at Gordon Ramsay’s restaurant.
Tomorrow night????? Indian Restaurant with Bill, Will, Sophia and Margaret (and of course Lester and Joanna).
Good night guys, tune in tomorrow!