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.



mel @ loved handmade 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

Unknown 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 :)

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.