My Focus for 2023 is using my TIME wisely and that includes returning to some things my husband and I used to do together which we enjoyed but seemed to have let lapse as life took over with selling and buying a new home.
Our Christmas was not what we expected as Mike tested positive for COVID on Christmas morning which meant not seeing my family during the Christmas holidays.
A belated Christmas gift from my son and his wife, prompted me to commit to making TIME with my darling, to discover new recipes and to bring back our Saturday ‘Restaurant at Home’ nights. There was a time when we did this every Saturday. We would take it in turns to plan and prepare a special menu for each other, lay the table with our special dinnerware and put on some background music. A ‘date night’ at our home restaurant. It was a wonderful way to re-connect, especially as we were both busy during the week.
Now we aren’t quite so busy but why shouldn’t we make time for each other over a meal made with love? We both enjoy cooking and it is a lovely way to spend time together.
Time to try new recipes in 2023
As I join the monthly What’s On Your Plate? Blog Challenge link up co-hosted by Donna from Retirement Reflections and Deb, The Widow Badass , I hope to share some of these new recipes that we try during the month. It will also perhaps hold me accountable to actually making the time to find joy in the kitchen. (Make sure you pop over and visit Donna and Deb to see what is on their plate each month).
First up, will be discovering some new recipes from our Christmas Gift – Italian Street Food – Recipes from Italy’s Bars and Hidden Laneways by Paola Bacchia.
My husband, was born in Italy and came to Australia when he was 4 years old (he is now 73) and we have both visited Italy several times. We both love Italian food so are keen to try our hand at some of the recipes in this book.
What is Italian Street Food?
Paola explains that it is definitely not Fast Food but tasty, cheap and has a story and tradition. I love that and it brings back memories of my visits to Italy.
It is about being in touch with the local people, who make it, their land and their traditions.
Whilst these recipes aren’t formal they are tasty and I quite enjoy making platters occasionally rather than a main course.