Tuesday 28 July 2009


So sorry to be out of the blogosphere for the last few days but I had my family over from Italy. As if their presence wasn't conspicuous enough, they came fully loaded with Italian goodies. Here's this year's inventory:

7 salami (of which three wild-boar ones and two spicy ones)
1 chunk of pecorino romano
1 large piece of Emmenthal
1 piece of pecorella cheese
1 piece of Auricchio dolce
5 packs of prosciutto
2 packs of porchetta
2 packs of mortadella
1 pack of pancetta (whole)
1 pack of pancetta (thinly sliced)
1 pack of coppa
2 large pieces of grana padano
1 pack of dried porcini mushrooms
9 tins of tuna in olive oil (yes, I did explain you can find it here too)
4 kg of pasta (ditto)
6 bags of ciambelle
1 pack of mints (don't ask me why)
2 bottles of Grecanico
1 bottle of Pinot Grigio
1 bottle of Chianti
1 bottle of Strega liquor

From this, I am sure you'll gather just how busy I have been.

On Saturday we went to Shepperton's car-boot sale, and on Sunday we went to Raynes Park's car-boot sale. Such fun. I found myself haggling over a £1 tea pot. Suffice it to say that today we shipped back to Italy 198 Kg of knick-knacks.

If you are foreigner living in Britain and your family is around three thousand miles away – cynical as this may sound, my suggestion is: don't invite them over . . .


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