11 May 2007

then the sun, the Foehn winds and now our first spring Porcini

Yes I could go on speculating about the weather but all I can really say is that it has been strange indeed. We desperately needed the rain so our lovely risotto rice can flourish this year, and we seemed to get it even if it was torrential for 4 days or so. Then the unrelenting warm winds from the the south battered all life forms as we know them. Everything in the flower boxes and garden looked beat up and parched after 3 days of that. Anyway, now we're back to summer even if it is May and the clusters of song birds are singing in the day and the progression of wildflowers are moving along up here at a bit of altitude.
Although we received substantial rain, the higher peaks across the valley from us were quite white again, but already the sunning is winning and the snow is melting off quickly. In spite of it all, my intrepid mother in law managed to find the first porcini of the season a couple of days ago. We made quick work of it after its moment being photographed and went rather well with some "riso nero" I had prepared. Sweet chewy black or what looks to me, purple rice from our organic grower friends, "Il Frutto Permesso" ( the permitted fruit), made for a satisfying and simple lunch. The sweetness of the rice offset the earthiness of the wild mushroom and whetted my appetite for a few more the forests gifts. Happpy hunting.


rowena said...

Wow the first porcini! And what a beauty it is. I do wish we would get more rain. Like you, the yard and garden has already begun to look a little sorry from the scorching heat.

Anonymous said...

I really should pop by more often! I've spent a lot of time in Italy, Mrs. Ox is from Latina. But I spent 4 years leading bicycle tours mainly in the Romagna and Tuscany, and I really miss everything about the sights, sounds, the foods, the folks. Your blog elicits nice memories!


Anonymous said...

That's "auguri" -- oops.

Pasticciera said...

Rowena, we have had more sun, more rain and again more wind. It's all a bit battering as it is all quite extreme, but the spring continues on.

Ox,welcome I'm glad you did stop by and maybe some day you'll bring your wife along if you're visiting family sometime and make some new Italian memories. This area is fun for cycling also. The Giro d'Italia is set to stop by next week.

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