The first few days here, I ate out, the house being a
construction zone and everything had a fine layer of
centuries old dust over it. It simply wasn't very
appealing to think about cooking with dust, and I
mean MAJOR dust.
After a while, eating out got old.
So I was inspired by something I ate in the local restaurant
called polezze. (Rape greens)
So I got a handful of the stuff along with some of the olio nuovo
or new olive oil which has just been pressed in this last month.
I set about washing down the kitchen counters and cleared a space to work.
I boiled the polezze just as Nunzi,
the frutta vendolo (fruit and vegetable seller) lady told me to.
Saute a few cloves of garlic in the new oil,
drain the polezze...sautee that up for a minute or so-
This is the color of extra virgin
olive oil that has just been pressed.
The taste is unreal.
It was so good, just garlic, oil and greens...
great chick dinner.
I was very happy.
I get very enthusiastic about some things, well,
maybe many things, and I tend to move into
I liked the polezze so much, I went back to
Nunzi the next day and bought every bunch of polezze
that she had.
That went home to the frig.
Then I got sick.
About 2 or 3 days into this cold that had me
stationed on the couch, I lazily thought,
" I better cook the polezze..."
So I did.
Nunzi told me however that it tastes kind of bitter after several
I didn't think so , it was fine second time around.
The mound of polezze in the fridge didnt seem to get
smaller at all.
I let it sit.
Now 10 days later, it is kind of smelly.
I think it is time to toss the polezze.
And, I haven't cooked again.
It's back to depending on the kindness of
people here to feed me or
eating cold pecorino cheese and a pear,
standing up in the kitchen,
which has now become
a dustbowl again.
The only thing going on the stove is a pan
of boiling water for coffee each
morning...I am content.