Here you have it, kids: a new weekly feature on travel.taste.create. Each week, you can look forward to a little glimpse into the taste portion of this blog. Little bites, morsels, something to whet your appetite, Nibbles! Each of these posts will be short and sweet… or savoury; I don’t want to limit myself too much.
Cooking Up a Storm
Trying new food isn’t restricted to tasting something new at a restaurant. More often, it involves making something I have eaten and loved, but never actually tackled. It might be something I’ve seen Jamie Oliver or some other tv chef whip up, and I need to try it. They always make it look so easy, don’t they? Well, a few notes scribbled on a scrap of paper, the vision of what the dish looked like, the memory of the almost erotic descriptions from the likes of Nigella, and I’m off!
This week, I am cooking and baking my way through Storm Gertrude. Someone on Food Network made focaccia. Well, you know where this is going, don’t you? Problem: no fresh rosemary at the store. Surreptitiously scoping out people’s gardens on our walks comes up empty. What about the cute little public garden in the village? A ha! Please don’t report me. I’m a gardener and that plant needed a little pruning.
Not bad for a first try. Not bad, but it’s not focaccia nirvana. For that, I will be visiting my 80 year old Italian neighbour, Henry. Maybe he will give me a lesson.