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Easter in Italy is all about spending time with the people you want to spend time with, not those you feel you should. Convention is thrown out of the window in favour of pure pleasure. In fact, the Italians have an expression for the way they deal with these festive occasions: Natale con i tuoi, Pasqua con chi vuoi (Christmas with your own, Easter with the ones you want).

So, being in Italy over Easter, we had no wish to be with anyone other than our dearest friends here, Giordano (a Marchigiani by birth) and Cat, his partner. They shopped together but G prepped and cooked the meal solo. He’s a great cook, a natural in the kitchen with a flair for creating a humungous mess out of which emerges the most amazing meal, every time.

Our contribution was a home-made tomato and herb tart, while the other guest brought a traditional dolce of fruit tart.

The Easter feast, complete with Prosecco for brindisi to one and all, a few bottles of local red wine, mistra to finish, coffee, and wall-to-wall chatter, lasted a mere six hours.

Half-way through, a colossal thunderstorm broke and blackened the sky, sending rainwater flooding under the balcony doors. It was a dramatic reminder of the existence of a much larger world outside our own happy, cosy, little microcosm.

 

Primo piatto: risotto di asparagi

 

Asparagus risotto

Asparagus risotto

Secondo piatto: agnello alla brace con menthe (though not for me, a veggie).

Lamb - for the carnivores

Lamb – for the carnivores

Torta di Pomodori ed Erbe.

Tomato and herb tart and stuffed artichokes not all for me, the only veggie

Tomato and herb tart and stuffed artichokes not all for me, the only veggie

Contorni: a huge and delicious variety, to my great delight, including zucchini, peperoni ripieni, asparagi, melanzane, carciofi ripieni.

Asparagus and sliced stuffed peppers

Asparagus and sliced stuffed peppers

Zucchini and aubergine - griddled and gorgeous

Zucchini and aubergine – griddled and gorgeous

Insalata mista.

Mixed salad

Mixed salad

Dolce: torta di albicocche

Quick . .  . nearly too late to snap this apricot tart before it all went

Quick . . . nearly too late to snap this apricot tart before it all went

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