winter morning, everything looks so clear, so near
I'm really enjoying every day, even the last foggy days
winter is a good period of thinking, dreaming, hoping and waiting
this is my favorite tree, it is a Quercus Pubescens - Downy Oak
it is the last to loose it's leaves, but the first to have new ones.
actually it arrives in April, with both and old leaves!
it was one of the trees we found here when we bought the house. we have 8 oaks, 13 olive trees, a mulberry tree
and a small forest of Robinia Pseudoacacia - False Acacia. I love when the spring wind blows and dissipate the small perfumed white flowers of the Acacia, all over the lawn.
it is so romantic :-)
but now, I enjoy seeing the Jasminus Nudiflorum starting to bloom. every day it have an new yellow flower. it feels the Spring is coming! :-)
I wanted to try something different with the chickpeas, the first time it came out rather good.
even Ilaria (one of our 7 cats)liked it, she eat the part I had put away to make the photo, even the chickpeas!
this is not the first time she does that! :-DDD
Alici (anchovies) in salad with chickpeas
250gr of dry chickpeas( let swell over night)
fresh herbs (rosemary, thyme, salvia, majoran, parsley for ex)
1 garlic clove
150gr of spinach (steamed)
2 carrots (peeled and cut in pieces, steamed)
2 fennels (cut in 1/4 and steamed)
300gr of fresh or marinated Alici (anchovies)
home made breadcrumbs
put the swelled chickpeas in a pressure cooker together with the peeled garlic and the fresh herbs. cover with water, and close lid.
cook 15min after the whistle
in the meantime steam the carrots, spinach and fennels, seperately.
slice the radicchio salad
rinse the alici if they are marinated
when the chickpeas are ready, drain them and put them in a salad bowl.
add all the other vegetables, and the alici
mix well, serve lukewarm with toasted home made breadcrumbs
this recipe goes to Simona hosting this months MLLA 31
and here is Susan's host lineup