Maybe this is our last cold snap?

The days are a lot longer now. Our terrace gets no sun at all in the winter. But as the sun moves along the horizon suddenly the pantry window starts getting sun just before sunset. Today I noticed it’s shining halfway down that wall. It is my method to monitor the progress of the lengthening days and the approaching spring. 🍀 Grateful.
Tonight for dinner we had Spaghetti Carbonara. The traditional Roman recipe. There was no record of this recipe before 1950. It was first mentioned after the end of WWII. The American GIs had eggs! And they had bacon! No one else did. They shared with the Italians who had little to eat. And they’d bring them to the restaurants and give them to the chefs to use to make some pasta for them. The chefs came up with Spaghetti Carbonara. Anyway, that’s the story! Such an easy dish. Only guanciale or pancetta, egg yolks, grated pecorino cheese, black pepper and spaghetti.

Sentence. “la primavera sta arrivando!” – “Spring is coming!” Pronounced…La preema-vara stah are-riv-ahndo.

Umbria vaccinated 1,331 eighty year olds yesterday. We have begun. Stay safe everyone., 🌈

10 thoughts on “Maybe this is our last cold snap?

  1. Nancy Hampton Post author

    I looked it up…Since it is pretty recent. After the war. I wouldn’t expect to see it in Boni’s book. I had heard the story but wanted to be sure before I wrote about it. It is definitely Italian comfort food. Mmmm.

  2. Nancy Hampton Post author

    I suppose I shouldn’t complain. I’ve been seeing pictures of the cold, snow and ice in the US. No thank you. I will take our dreary gray wet over that. Be careful out there!

  3. Nancy Hampton Post author

    I’m sure we will get the vaccine eventually. I don’t think the travel restrictions will be lifted until most people here are vaccinated…they say by last 2021.

  4. Philip Atkinson

    A reason for the origin is that the recipe does not appear in Ada Boni’s 1930 cookbook Il talismano della felicita – recipes of Rome.

  5. Matthew Daub

    Carbonara – Yes!!! Barb makes a really good one and we’ve had various results in Italy; the worst in Volterra that tasted like scrambled eggs over pasta. Still no word on vaccines here, but we dodged a major ice storm last night. We’ll see about tomorrow night. Prediction at the moment is for 7-10″ of snow and up to 1/2″ of ice. This winter can’t get over soon enough!
    Stay warm and safe, Nancy!

  6. Stephen Stamps

    Have faith. I had my 2nd dose – pfizer – 2 weeks ago. Now waiting with great anticipation for the permission to travel. Hopefully later this year??? Meanwhile 😷😷😷

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