Yesterday we went to the local farmer's market. It is a large market with everything from live poultry to seafood and vegetables cheeses salumi sweets to a flea market with every thing from pots and pans to clothes and household items. We walked around checking out the seafood and veggies for that evenings dinner. The market takes a little getting used to since there is all that fish and seafood out there it does smell like a fish market. Yes, everything is on ice but just sitting out in the open with flies all over. Not quite used to that aspect since in the US sanitation is such a major deal. We ended up buying clams and mussels and some vegetable.
|shaved ice.. he shaves the block of ice by hand|
|clams and musseles|
|one of the veggie stands|
|some kind of eel?|
What a noisy night! Since it's so hot here and it doesn't cool off much at night so everyone has their windows open and so you can hear everything! Of course we crazy Americans.. the grand kids (the little ones) go to bed around 8 p.m. while the older one needs to be in bed by 9 or 10 since she needs to catch the school bus before 7am. I was tired so I went to bed around 10 and I could hear the neighbors talking and dishes rattling. Here we are going to bed and they are just sitting down for dinner. So lots of talking and laughter and dishes. About midnight the fireworks started. Apparently they do fire works for any celebration from someones birthday to the birthday of one of the saints. The fireworks lasted about 10-15 minutes then the dog started barking..all night. About the time the dog quit the roosters started crowing. Needless to say I'll need a nap this afternoon.
My daughter and son-in-law took off for Dublin late this morning.So, my first day with the girls. First on the agenda go next door and pick a few lemons and make a lemon pound cake. I found we didn't have any powder sugar for the icing so great I can walk over to the grocery store and see if I can manage with my limited to non existent Italian. Boy, we are spoiled. The grocery store is more like a mini-mart. The produce is decent but trying to find staples, and of course they don't have the brands or things I'm used to finding at home. I finally found the powder sugar, it's a small box maybe a cups of sugar. Got a couple of boxes, kids wanted yogurt and I found a bottle of wine. Not too difficult. I also have to remember to bring my own bag, they charge for plastic bags. Now we can go home and bake. Got the batter made but no one told me how to turn on the oven!! I turned it on so the light lit up. I figured that meant it was on and it was getting hot. I turned it to the correct temperature and stuck the cake in. I check a little later and found the temperature had gone down. Turned it back to the original starting point and again the temperature raised. I could smell the cake baking so I figured all was well until I took a peak. The top was nicely browned but the batter was still liquid. I put a piece of foil on top and continued to "bake". Luckily it was later in the afternoon that this was all going on and Tianna came home from school. She set the oven for me-you had to light the pilot first! So, the cake finally baked. Nothing like being in the oven for a few hours. Actually with all that it didn't turn out too bad.. and it tasted good...whew! After all that it would have been sad if it didn't turn out. Left overs for dinner, nice evening with the kids. Time for bed and again the noise starts.
Today the little ones and I walked to Puffalandia a little amusement park a few blocks away. Of course it was closed! Walked to the gelato shop and it was closed! Of course it was around 10:30am but you would think they'd be open. It is August the month for vacation, maybe they are still on vacation. We'll try again on Saturday. Back to the house for a tea party. Ahh.. nap time for the little ones and me! Fried chicken for dinner.
Thinking of taking a walk back to the grocery store..making potato salad to go with the fried chicken so I need to see if I can find a few ingredients. Wonder if the have sliced olives or dill pickles? No dill pickles..just some brined in wine, don't think that will do. Did find the olives. Went to the little market after that and got my mozzarella, half a loaf of bread and some tomatoes.. all in Italian, Yaa me! I think this is what I'll miss the most when I go home. The bread, cheese, prosciutto.
|my bufala mozzarella, tomatoes, prosciutto and brea|
|swimming on the roof top patio|
Night time thunder storms and noisy neighbors. One night fireworks goes off sounding like it was right in the courtyard. It turns out it was right in the street outside the apartment complex. The groom was demonstrating his love for his bride to be. It was so loud the little ones woke up screaming and scared Tianna and I at first. I found out there was a wedding the next day and the groom wanted to impress his bride to be. There was also early morning fireworks going off again and church bells were ringing. Why would you do fireworks during the day since you can't see them but they go off in the mornings all the time.
|the fireworks for the bride to be|
Tonight we walked to Il Sorriso one of the local restaurants and the favorite for pizza. It was Saturday night and it was crowded. Most restaurants don't open until 7:00pm but we got a table fairly quickly. We put in our order, they brought us the antipasti,then we waited and waited and waited after 45 minutes the little ones were getting sleepy so I asked Tianna to tell them to just box up the pizza for take out.. it was ready in 5 minutes! I don't know what the hold up was for sit down dining. So we took our pizzas home to eat. Tomorrow Summer and Kobie return from Dublin.
Summer and Kobie are back and the kids are happy to see them. Nice quiet night spent with the whole family. The plan is to make Beef Wellington tomorrow for Summer and Kobie's anniversary. This should be fun..we'll see if they can find all the ingredients
Off to the city of Naples. Crazy city! I've never seen so many cars with no regard for lanes, parking anywhere and motor scooters you have to watch for. Had lunch at the original Sorbillos restaurant. Great pizza. Walked around a little bit, got hit with a little rain but at least it was cool.
|lunch at Sorbillos|
|Marina in Naples|
|they crazy traffic|
We didn't have any beef broth to make a wine sauce but had some instant gravy powder and some Kitchen bouquet so we used that and added red wine and low and behold not too bad of a wine sauce was made. Actually it was pretty good wine sauce. The Wellingtons turned out well despite everything and everyone enjoyed them.
Today it's Pompeii. Pompeii was interesting and amazing. To see all the ruins and and old artifacts. I was surprised at how large a city it was..we didn't even cover the whole area. I think I enjoyed this excursion the most.
|ruins with Mt. Vesuvius in the background|
|Lana and Ari among the ruins|
|floor of one of the rooms|
|my primi course.. pasta frutii de mare|
What a great last meal.
Saturday, at the airport bright and early..really early and back to the good ole USA. It was a wonderful trip, had a great time with my grand kids my daughter and son in law.
Sorry for the lack of food pictures..just too busy eating most of the time to remember to take them.