As with anywhere I travel, I found some of the best places for food in Rome. Scouring blogs and foodie sites online, I compiled a list of must tastes, mostly bakeries. I diligently tried all the gelato places in the city. It was a burden, but I endured.
It’s been a long time since I’ve posted about food. I haven’t been cooking and baking as much, but I had to rave about this. I think this is the best savory dish I’ve ever had, or at least in the top ten. The recipe comes from the Ottolenghi cookbook and, of coarse, anything Middle Eastern I love. The saffron and rosewater make this dish. Apologies for the iPhone picture, but I was too excited to taste it to make a whole production of the photography.
After reading Amy Stewart’s very academic and well researched Flower Confidential, picking up The Drunken Botanist reveals the sharp sense of humor the author has. The full title The Drunken Botanist: The Plants That Create the World’s Great Drinks gives you an idea of the content, but though the background is as well researched as Flower Confidential, the information included for each plant is more the juicy bits of gossip. Scandalous asides and humorous anecdotes fill the entries, which range from the obvious grapes of wine and barley of beer to the decidedly less obvious Monkey Puzzle tree. Huh? I’d never even heard of a Monkey Puzzle tree, much less knew that there’s a drink made from this Chilean national monument. Tons of other tidbits make this book a joy to read. Even if you don’t drink, the stories that accompany the alcoholic ingredients are fascinating.
Also recommended: Stewart’s Wicked Plants. It’s an intriguing trip through the world’s poisonous, deadly and intoxicating plants.