Vino Spumante, Vita Affascinante

November 1, 2011 § Leave a comment

I think that I have a new favorite season:  autumn.  It follows summer (which is too hot for me), so the cool breezes and chilly nights feel amazing after all of those months of sweating.  It’s colorful: yellows, oranges, reds, greens, purples, leaves, falling, flying, floating, crunching.  It has Halloween, which is the most fun holiday of the year for my inner child and sewing machine.  It has Thanksgiving, which is very much loved by my tummy.  You have all of the anticipation of winter coming up, with snow and Christmas lighs and Christmas celebrations, and winter break.   To sum up, it has that ‘finally‘ relief, treats for all of the senses, and still the glowing anticipation for the last two weeks of the year.

So, here in Italy, they have Festa della Castagne, the Italian equivalent of Oktoberfest- but with a lot more emphasis on the autumn aspect.  Friends inviitng friends into their houses, roasted chestnuts, red wine, chocolate, and a lot of warm’n’fuzzy feelings.  Lovely way to spend an evening.

Annnd… Host came back.  Spend my Halloween night scrubbing the house head-to-toe and getting dizzy from blowing up too many balloons.  Rò’s and my whole ‘let’s invite all of Ancona for a surprise welcome-back party’ idea didn’t quite work out (no one could come), so it was just an intimate four-person lunch, followed by new card games from Belgium :)  Yea!  I love games.  And an excuse to make lots of food, so this was today’s menu:

Unleavened wheat bread with brie cheese, pear, honey, and blueberry jam.

Chicken skewers with a jalapeno chocolate sauce for dipping.

Guacamole with various colorful veggies serving as tortilla chips.

Banana Bread (with walnuts, cinnamon, raisins, dried fruits), drizzled with honey, served with plums, decorated with orange zest.

And various snack plates, sesame sticks, and grapes to decorate the table.

And a bottle of champagne, because I’ve been feeling like popping something for a while now.   Furthermore, what says “welcome back, we missed you!” more than a cork shooting across the room and lots of frizzy little bubbles?  Very few things.

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