Having so recently returned from Italy I decided to make some of the food that we had there, but I did not want to waste the whole day in the kitchen as it was a beautiful day, so I kept it simple.
To start I made a antipasto platter.
I roasted some peppers and eggplant and served them with an assortment of Italian meats and a delicious fresh mozzarella. This was just like the antipasto platters that we had put together in Florence at our Apartment
For the main course I made pizza using the foccacia bread recipe I made the sauce by warming 3 garlic cloves that I sliced very thinly in about 2 tablespoons of olive oil until they were just golden. Then I added a can of crushed tomatoes a handful of fresh basil chopped and 1/4 cup of red wine. I let this simmer while the dough was rising and concentrate down. I used this sauce on all the pizza's but three different toppings. One with Italian sausage, my home made sun dried tomatoes and boccocini
|Italian sausage and boccocini|
|Close up of the pizza with roasted eggplant and sun dried tomatoes ready for the oven|
I made two other pizza's with roasted peppers on one and eggplant on the other.
When they all came out of the oven I cut them up and served on a couple of large platters.
|Pizza ready for its close up|
Another friend brought a salad with broccoli and cauliflower which unfortunately I did not take a picture of, but it was delicious and it had bacon on top, who doesn't love a salad with bacon on it.
I made a salad with tomato cucumber red onion and boccocini mint and basil
|A sort of Italian Greek salad|
We finished the whole meal off with cake which another friend brought, and since one of our friends recently very quietly turned 50, we made it into a birthday cake.
My pizza could have been crisper, I was trying to rush things, but never mind we had a wonderful evening on the deck, as the night got cooler we turned on the heater and started up a fire in the fire pit, so we were able to stay out until midnight. I love Summer and I do hope this one starts to get better, but at least in between all the horrible cool wet weather we get glimpses of what summer should be like.