I have not been out to the plot for a few days ,Gemma went up yesterday and found these two monsters lurking!I have been putting courgettes in everything for the past few days. Having 3 Italian students staying helps, one of them is a vegetarian so I am cooking up lots of veg dishes.
It is a bit fraught cooking Italian dishes for the natives but so far they have went down well. I had cooked a veg lasagne one evening and these are the ingredients for a veg & pasta dish.Our own beans,carrots,courgettes,onions,I had to buy peppers and tomatoes as ours are bordering on a disaster at the moment.I cooked off all of the veg and added tinned tomatoes and passata and left to simmer. The pasta was cooked separately and added at the end to the veg sauce mix.This is how the students said to do it.
( Fuzzy Photo)Some students bring a gift to their host family,usually a bottle of wine but these students brought food which is typical of their home in Trentino in northern Italy. A big section of Parmesan cheese,I shudder to think what it would have cost to buy here, a chunk of Parma ham and 2 bags of pasta.I think the Italians are very like the Irish in temperment and the 3 students have settled in well and are enjoying their stay. They have visited some pubs to hear traditional music and are going on a tour at the weekend to Bunratty Castle and Folk Park and the Cliffs of Moher which are in the running to become the 8th wonder of the World!
They also have a sweet tooth and love chocolate with or on anything. They are very appreciative of home baking and these chocolate cupcakes went down a treat!This and other mouth watering recipes on Cupcake Creations