Food just has to play a part…

I can’t resist. At the risk of sounding like any other foreigner who writes about Italy, I’m going to share with you the simplest and best recipes I’ve yet found in Piemonte…

Tonight we lashed out and had a 2-course meal. The non-ignorant will already know that Italians normally eat a 5-course meal. Unfortunately, I am still some way from achieving a feast of these proportions.

My first course was fresh agnolotti (meat ravioli) with sage. All you do is boil the agnolotti as per normal pasta (always salting the water of course). While it is boiling, fry a handful of cut up sage in butter, then add it to the cooked and drained agnolotti with added olive oil. Delizioso! And yes, I did get the sage from my garden…

The second course was salciccia (sausage) with zucchini and basil. All you do is fry the sausage, then remove it from the frypan. Add butter to the juices and fry the zucchini with a handful of cut up basil. Meraviglioso! And yes, I did get the basil from my garden…

Fortunately for my health, I’ve discovered the delights of cooking with herbs straight from the garden…

But unfortunately for my health, I’ve discovering the delights of cooking with butter…

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