Our weather has been perfect fall weather. We reach the upper 60s in the day. And it chills down to the 40s at night. We almost always wake to dense fog in the morning, which takes until around noon-ish to burn off. Rather dreary starts to our days. I should be used to it, but I’m not.
Very suddenly, the fog miraculously begins to burn off and finally the sun shines brightly. Nothing like blue skies and sunshine to lighten the mood.
Despite the new Code Orange lockdown, we have the normal market outside. One of the two bars is closed. The other is doing carry out. Irene was bustling across the Piazza with trays of tiny cups of espresso. I hope this doesn’t hurt them too much. Bar Mary is less of a young people’s bar so it will keep doing the takeout. Cafe Centrale is the bar with the big nightlife which attracts many young people who don’t follow the rules and I’m sure they are one of the reasons our cases are up. I’m sorry for Diego, the owner though. He says he may go out of business. He can’t manage on just takeout, or only daytime traffic. It is too bad because he has poured a lot of money into that bar.
Anyway, we went out to do our shopping. Here are some photos.
In the autumn you will always find mounds of chestnuts. And sometimes one of the stands will have a roaster going. In the foreground is one of the weirdest vegetables I’ve ever seen. It is called Gobbi. Also known as cardoni and cardi in Italian. And cardoons in English. It is a lot of trouble to prepare and I only have done it once. Not worth the work.
These next ones are the winter squashes. The word for all squash is zucca. The second one is the gigantic zucca which they sell by the piece. They lop off however much you want.
And finally the cheese. I’m sure I’ve mentioned the cheese in Umbria is probably 95% pecorino. It is sheep’s cheese. There are a few small artisanal goat cheese places which I want to try someday. But mostly they make pecorino here, and in many styles but it is still pecorino…
Today, for the first time in my life, someone said cheerio to me. A British gentleman who lives in town. I knew OF him but we had never met. Today we were introduced to him in the market — Robin, and his dog Zorro — by Susan and Gary. He is going back to England soon. Driving. It is a long way. He goes up through Switzerland, then into Germany, France and the Low Countries of Netherlands and Belgium, and finally across the English channel. He said he’d take his time. He says the only finicky ones are the French. Susan asked how long they had been like that , he said probably for the last thousand years! I had to laugh. And then he said cheerio! So I will also sign off with a cheerful cheerio to you all — stay COVID safe and wear your masks! Andrà tutto bene 🌈
Hahaha…that thing is as big as a toddler! You couldn’t cook it all. I have never seen it’s like in the US. I do buy hunks of it often. It is good in soups. I roast it in the oven. I also have a risotto I make with it that is super.
Beautifully described and love seeing the pictures. Have you ever taken a portion of zucca? You know here in the US they wouldn’t do that, you’d be stuck cooking the whole thing!
Hi Carlo, they grow them big here for sure! No one could ever eat a whole one of these! They are great in soups though. I buy a chunk every so often for my zuppe. 😋
I have to agree with Dave. That’s one heck of a squash! At first, I thought it was some kind of Mellon. Wow!
Hi Nancy. Good to see market day I’d still alive and well. That’s one bad ass squash.
Funny, when I was writing the blog the auto-correct cent capitalizing the “C” in cheerio.
Joseph had told me a couple weeks ago that Diego had said that. I hope he doesn’t have to throw in the towel.
If I ever moved, it would be the thing I miss most!
I wonder if there’s any long forgotten European link to Cheerios, the cereal.
Hey Nancy-I just talked to Diego at Bar Centrale and he assured me that he would be the last person to go out of business.
Hi Nancy – Thanks for taking us on your shopping trip. How wonderful to have such amazing produce right outside your door!