Sicilian market mornings


It’s been quiet around here this week because I am preparing for a big craft fair this weekend.  My sewing machine and I have become fast friends again!  We’re churning out little dresses for girls and dolls, candy corn-shaped trick o’ treat bags, saucy stuffed penguins.  I’ve also been knitting, and I have a row of darling little baby shoes and a stack of fingerless gloves, among other things.  It gives me such joy to see these things take shape in my own hands and to share my love of yarn, fabric, and form with others.

I thought about taking a picture of the mess around my sewing machine, but that end of the kitchen table is just too chaotic.  So you get a picture of my market haul instead. My love for autumnal produce was renewed this morning as I stocked up on broccoli, beans, and persimmons, as well as the last of the basil and tomatoes of the summer.  Twelve euro for all this goodness!  That’s $16.49 USD at the current exchange rate.  Now we just have to eat it all!

I went to the Italian grocery store afterwards and bought a plastic container filled with squishy, fresh mozzarella balls floating in whey.  With the tomatoes and basil, mini Caprese salad will be on the menu tonight!

Speaking of tonight’s menu, I just put Lena down for a nap, and she said:

Lena: Maybe when Gil and I wake up, we can go to da playgroun’!
Me: Hmm… I don’t think so.  We’re going to stay home and cook a duck for dinner.
[slow smile spreads across her face in anticipation of her favorite meal]
Lena: Duck say, “Quack quack!  Don’t eat me!”

Well now, let’s hope not…

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4 Responses to Sicilian market mornings

  1. Sarah October 23, 2013 at 3:14 pm #

    man, that produce looks goooooorgeous! have fun cooking your duck!

  2. Claudia October 23, 2013 at 10:34 pm #

    I’m looking forward to know you… big craft fair this weekend is coming!!
    Good night and see you very soon!

  3. Poppy October 24, 2013 at 12:49 pm #

    Such a sweetie. She quacks me up. Pai

  4. Autumn October 31, 2013 at 4:24 am #

    hahahaha Lena. I can hear her saying that!

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