On my last evening in France, Roger and I decided to cook dinner together – an Italian menu made of an antipasto of eggplant/aubergine/melanzane, and a simple pasta recipe, which will be on my upcoming post.
Over the past two days, I have learned so many things. I now know that to just press the shutter button of a camera does not make you a photographer. I also learned that there is a degree in “David Beckham studies” in Staffordshire University in England (I am NOT kidding!). But before I bang my head against the wall thinking about how pointless my college degree in Industrial Engineering was (or stick a cherry on top of my head), I better go back to my first Camerahols lesson or as I call it – Photography 101.
Yesterday I spent most of my day travelling from Rome to the Vendée. It was quite a journey. I had to take a plane from Rome to Paris, to then catch a train to Poitiers, and change to another train that would take me down to Niort, where Roger Stowell from Camerahols was waiting for me.
While I was in the kitchen cooking an eggplant pasta, I was listening to Sunshine , a beautiful song by the famous British band Keane. I find this song so atmospheric – it has a very ethereal sound. The song is about finding a home in someone, out of all the people in the world…so beautiful.
Today was one of the hottest days of the year in Rome. Temperatures were as high as 37° C (about 99°F), but it felt like 41°C (105°F)!!
Before coming to Italy, I was not keen on seafood; I was a red meat and chicken lover. My seafood culture would not go beyond a great Honduran ceviche (yes we do have great ceviche!!), or grilled shrimp on a skewer. This was probably because, despite our beautiful Caribbean seacoast, in Honduras we mostly eat chicken and red meat, specially in San Pedro Sula – the city where I was born and raised – where people do not have the habit of eating seafood (unfortunately). However, in the Bay Islands area – off the North coast of Honduras, seafood is a very common staple. It is quite interesting that despite being a small country, Honduras has a vast and rich gastronomic culture: we have influences from Africa, Mayans, and Spain. Yet, someday I am going to go deeper on this argument, hoping I can blog from my country.
I have always wondered what was “cooking” behind the kitchen door of a great restaurant. This time I had the privilege (and what a privilege) to witness some of the most delicious recipes – and secrets – of the Southern Italian cuisine.
Amalfi coast is probably – in my opinion – the most panoramic and picturesque place in the world. Because of its unique topography and landscaping, Costiera Amalfitana – like Italians call it – is one of the most visited spots in the Mediterranean during summer. Unfortunately due to its popularity, Amalfi Coast has become a touristy zone and very expensive, therefore it is easy to fall into turist traps.