Tonight was my turn in the kitchen that has unknown to me for some days.
I began the meal with a dish that Diane had made and one that I knew about but unfortunately had not prepared myself and that was Italian Panzanella or bread salad. It is made with day old bread with tomatoes, garlic, onion and dressed with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. It is an unusual salad but it is very good and well worth preparing if you have not already done so.
For the second course I made an extremely simple pasta made with number 3 spaghetti and sauced with some of Diane’s Pesto that she made with our own basil. As you probably know it is made with a big handful of fresh basil that is pounded in a motar with some salt, pine nuts and grated Parmesan; it is extremely quick to prepare and is the original “fast food”.
Accompanying the meal was the remains of a bottle of Caldora Montepulciano D’Abruzzo witch was a perfect match for the Italian meal.