|The timbale, as served in Taormina|
My husband and I took a trip that we'd planned for 30 years. Okay, perhaps not planned. But we'd been planning to take...you get the idea. We went on a cruise that took us to Italy, Greece, and Croatia. Including Venice, Dubrovnik, Corfu, Taormina, Amalfi/Positano, and the island of Sardinia (great to visit if you're rich and own yacht!).
The beauty, the history, the food. It was all wonderful. [The jet lag...not so much fun!]
Another tidbit: the city is sinking. We knew that, right? But to see where the original steps are, beneath the water level, is amazing.
|Positano, built into the hill in terraces|
|St. Mark's, built 9th century; floors very uneven|
The churches in each port of call were amazing. Even the ceilings of arcades were gorgeous.
The markets were beautiful, too.
From the overlook in Dubrovnik.
And the streets of Dubrovnik, a walled city, are marble. Slippery when wet, we were told. No cars. So much fun! They had a throne for Game of Thrones at the end of the plaza where people could sit and take pictures of themselves in power. LOL
|View from Greek odeon on Taormina|
By the way, there is a fabulous old Greek odeon/outdoor theater with an overlook of the island in Taormina. Not to be missed.
1 zucchini, sliced lengthwise in thin slices
1 tablespoon olive oil
2-4 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons red pasta sauce
Basil leaves, if desired (I didn't have any on hand)
Slice the zucchini.
Heat the oil on medium high in a large frying pan. Lay the zucchini in and cook 1-2 minutes a side, until lightly browned.
Remove from the pan and lay/fold the zucchini on a preparation plate, dusting with Parmesan before each fold.
Place stacks of zucchini side by side and trim to a circle shape, if desired. Top with more Parmesan, pasta sauce, and basil leaves, if you have on hand.
Here are photos of other items I ate on the trip. I didn't starve, that's for sure.
Pasta, cheese platter, at Barbabao ristorante in Venice
Gluten-free pasta with pesto in Taormina
Amberjack Sicilian style in Taormina
Gelato, gussied up! In St. Mark's Square
You can find more pictures on my Facebook page.
As for my writing...
For STIRRING THE PLOT, which comes out September 30th, I'm going to be doing a number of giveaways. Books, mugs, stuffed kittens! Make sure you're signed up for my newsletter and "like" me on Facebook, where information about the giveaways will appear. Look for pictures of Tigger, the ginger cat in the series, celebrating ala Halloween!