Once again Sweet Diane prepared a delicious meal for our benefit last night. It was a penne pasta dish with a straight forward sauce of cubed can tomatoes with added olives and crushed garlic.  It could not be simpler nor could it be better.

The meal was started with some excellent thin sliced bread; a full slice cut into fours, upon which was spread a thin layer of her olive tapenade; it would be hard to have anything more delicious.

The main course was her marvellous tomato sauced penne pasta.  A small bowl of this spread liberally with grated parmesan makes a wonderful meal; with that we had an inexpensive but wonderful bottle of Mandoleto Nero D’Avola red wine from Sicilia (about four years old) and the meal steps from the ordinary into the garden of memory.

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