Preparations are well under way for lunch in Italy tomorrow.
Let me check through the menu:
- Bruschetta – ingredients chopped
- Lasagne – cooked
- Osso buco – in the slow cooker
- Gnocchi – made and waiting for its sauce
- Salad – all ingredients chopped and dressing made
- Tiramisu – assembled and chilling in the fridge
- Coffee and Amaretto panna cotta – setting
- Cannoli – shells made, waiting to be filled
The house smells amazing, and I can’t wait to get into the food tomorrow.
Friends of mine, Neil and Jill, are joining us, and will bring chinotto and chianti. That’ll be interesting – I tried chinotto as a teenager and hated it, but I’m sure my taste buds have matured since then.
The tiramisu and cannoli shells both have marsala, in them so I had to buy a bottle. I’m sure the label hasn’t changed since I used to drink it in my teenage days (and much preferred over chinotto). I might buy some lemonade, and have a few drinks of marsala and lemonade tomorrow – jeepers, but that’ll be a blast from the past!
We should be able to eat outside – they’re predicting neither 39 degrees nor a one-in-ten-thousand years rainstorm. The prediction is 25 degrees, which sounds perfect. And very Italian!
I’ve posted some pics, and will post more tomorrow (thanking Elysia in advance!).