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Gia-Gina Across the Pond

So I've decided to follow my husband to his native Italy. Follow our adventures as we eat, drink, travel, adapt to and explore this remarkable country. Part food blog, part photo blog but mostly my rants and raves. After our two years in Italy, we relocated across the Atlantic "pond" and are back in the States.

Monday, November 21, 2005

WARNING!!! Major Food Porn

Of course the minute I could open my eyes again and actually see the knife, the cutting board and the flames from the stove in front of me, I set to cooking. My eyes were still a bit blurry but my tummy was more than ready for some taste bud tantalizing treats. I was sure to wear sunglasses in the kitchen as I was deathly afraid of getting anything in my eyes. In two days I produced the following:


I invited Laura over for lunch today, she brought the lemon grass, cilantro, limes and bean sprouts. I made the lemon grass beef, rice vermicelli, and prepared all the fixings for "Lemon Grass Beef Wraps." The orange water spritzer in the background was filled with warm water and used to soften the rice paper.



Here's Laura's wrap with my mom's special nuoc nam recipe. The fresh limes, slivered green onions and cilantro really made the dish authentic.


My mandarin orange and pomegranate granita. On the first day after my surgery the hubby went to the corner grocer and picked up the largest most ruby red pomegranate I've seen in a long time. What an amazing husband! On a different note, the night I was drugged from the 24 hour sleeping pill he also managed to pick up a new fax machine/scanner and amplifier to "beef" up the sounds of his new computer games. I think one is called Hostage in San Andreas, or something like that...



Fall is the time for soups, this was a curried lentil soup that I would have drunk if I were not afraid of choking on the homemade croutons. I wanted vitamins for my healing eyes.


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5 Comments:

At 10:50 AM, Anonymous J.Doe said...

That food looks awesome! and I bet it tasted great too.

 
At 1:45 PM, Anonymous paz said...

Wow! What a feast! Wish I were there to dine with you. I'm glad to see that you're up and about cooking and blogging again.

Best,
Paz

 
At 1:46 PM, Blogger Sandra said...

Ha ha! If my husband went out and bought ingredients for me to cook while I'm recovering from surgery I would not let him back in the house!! Guess that's the difference between a cook and a non-cook. Your food looks amazing and I would gladly spend my life buying someone pomegranates if I could eat food like that at home. Gorgeous!

 
At 5:22 PM, Blogger H. (aka. NC_State_Gal) said...

Mmmmmmm.....looks so yummy!!! It is dinner time here and I am now craving beef wraps *LOL*. Thanks for sharing the pics and I am glad that the eye sx worked out for you!

 
At 3:55 AM, Blogger Stef said...

The food does look really good. I am curious on how your friend got the bean sprouts and cilantro in Italy. Does she grow it? I find cilantro to be very expensive if store bought.

 

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