Hello friends (or strangers I should say..it’s been too long…again.)!
The past few weeks have been so amazing! Two weekends ago, I stayed in Florence for what turned out to be an absolutely beautiful weekend! I did a lot of reading in the sun and just enjoying the background noise of the Florentine culture. I love just sitting on the steps of a church, people watching, and taking in everything around and how amazing the city I live in truly is.
Then, last weekend, I went to visit one of my best friends from home, Lindsay, where she is studying in Copenhagen, Denmark. I am SO glad I was able to make it up there, regardless of how much colder it was there than in Florence! It was so awesome to see her abroad life because not only is Copenhagen such a cool and beautiful city, she lives in a host family, something I had yet to experience. When I was looking into studying abroad, I thought long and hard about whether or not I should do a host family. I thought it was be a very interesting and enriching experience where I could immerse myself in the culture, but found that Florence wasn’t the best city for host families. I am extremely happy with my decision to live in an apartment, but the Danish family that Lindsay lives with definitely made me jealous. They were so welcoming, hospitable, and kind, I just couldn’t get over it! They invited me to dinner both nights I was there, and I was very happy that we took them up on it. The food was amazing! And, it was really cool to hang out with the Danish people, they are so nice, speak great English, and are really entertaining and funny!
After Copenhagen, Lindsay came back with me to Florence. It was so great to have her here, show her how I live, and be able to tour around Florence and do things I hadn’t yet done! Then, we traveled together to Rome! We met up with our other best friend, Jenna, and she took us out our first night. It was SO fun and great to see her also! We also ran into a bunch of other people from high school that I hadn’t seen in years, which was so awesome and got me really excited to see everyone again this summer! Rome was really cool and beautiful, so rich with history! We were dead by the end of our time there, and now I am struggling to leave my bed. So, this blog post is my way of being “productive” without really having to move. (hehe)
So, on to the food…in the spirit of the Romans…
Carciofi alla Romana!
- 10 artichokes
- 2 garlic cloves, peeled
- 1 lemon
- 2 mint sprigs
- EVOO as needed
- white wine as needed
- 80 g bread crumbs
- 3 parsley sprigs
- salt and pepper TT
- Remove the outer, hard leaves on the artichokes until you get to the softer center. Cut the stem off the base. Separate the leaves one by one until the whole artichoke is opened like a flower. Dip into water with lemon to prevent oxidation and browning.
- Chop the garlic, mint, parsley.
- Add the bread crumbs, EVOO, and s & p
- Stuff the artichokes with this mixture.
- Salt the artichokes, sprinkles with EVOO, and roast them in a pot.
- Sprinkle with wine, then add enough water to cover half of the head of the artichoke.
- Cover the pot with a lid, cook over medium heat until tender.