28 October 2010

My Creative Space

Many years ago I went to live Italy.  Because I wanted to and I could.  Beware the love affair with Italy, I've heard said.  So true.  I was bewitched.  I fell in love.  With the language, the food and the vibrance of just living.  Even now I sometimes dream in Italian and find it strange not to be there when I wake up.  It's fair to say I immersed myself in Italian.  I was incredibly fortunate to land in Florence, a beacon for foreign (English speaking) students to learn Italian.  For this reason there is an under culture of Englishness.  Although I did occasionally find myself at the Red Garter, which was the drinking hole for foreigners, I spent most of my time with Italians, speaking Italian extremely badly (much to their amusement), until one day I was speaking Italian pretty well, thank you very much.  Over two years I must have eaten my way through mountains of pasta and ice cream.  Possibly the two biggest loves of my life - Sshh don't tell my husband.  A few years ago when I bought my Kitchenaid (with my tax return) I found out how easy it is to make pasta.  Now not only am I an addict, but the whole family.
This week I had a craving and made lasagne.  I used ricotta instead of making the besciamela sauce.  Firstly because it's quick and secondly because it's a lot lighter on the palette.  I just grated some nutmeg through and bob's your uncle.,

Over to Kootooyoo, to see some creative people in action.



Little Ted Canvas said...

That looks awesome! Love the idea of ricotta, YUM!

Daydream Living said...

Hi Carmel!
I don't have much time this week, but I will have to take the time to read all your older posts, because I really like your blog! And that saying, bob's your uncle... Never heard of, but it sounds funny! Have a good day,
Maureen x

Daydream Living said...

Oh, and thanks for the link, I will be following, I need to be more creative xx Maureen

ana pina said...

Homemade pasta must be delicious!
And I do envy you a bit... I'd love to live in Italy for a while, it's a beautiful country and I'd surely fall in love with the cities, the language, the food... well, with everything :)

m.e (Cathie) said...

oh wow, Italy!
I did some travelling through europe when we lived in Cyprus but I never manged to go to Italy unfortunately.
it sounds wonderful & I think I would not fit on an aeroplane seat if i was to live there...I LOVE pasta!
i always wondered about the pasta attachment, sounds like a great investment.
hope you are having a great november Carmel ♥

Anna Bartlett said...

Ohh, I'd love to try making pasta and you've whet my appetite even further. Have just had a quick browse through your blog and really like what I see! Looking forward to seeing your Christmas creations.