Just Peaches Grazie, OOTD&Eats

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Every weekend we head into town to our local fruit&vegetable stand. The vendor, whose uncommonly plump and tall figure smiles every time he says, “poso?” (anything else) While he puts my pickings into thick lunch-bag styled paper bags and weighs it at the corner of his stand, I smile admiring his teddy bear kindness. Sensing the crowds gathering closer for their turn, I thank him and as I walk away and yell out Chi Vediamo (see you later) I know he never hears me. I must be saying goodbye to the fruit&vegetables. Hahaha. Smile.

Here’s a simple salad we’ve been enjoying throughout the summer. Just tossed with a squeeze of lemon or sometimes added with ranch dressing and real bacon bits..Delicious!

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I’ve Gone Bananas

 Homemade Banana Cupcakes

It has been awhile since my last “Eats and Treats” post, so yesterday I decided to make homemade banana cupcakes! My new favorite and not the pre-packaged, just add water mix. These are the real deal and the recipe found from gourmetgeema @ http://www.grouprecipes.com/87041/easy-banana-cupcakes.html

My Modifications:

  • 1 cup of melted butter
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 3 ripened mashed bananas
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • 3 cups of flour
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp. salt

I mashed the bananas with the eggs, added the flour, sugar, baking soda and vanilla and mixed well. The consistency is very gooey so be easy on scooping into muffin cups. I filled each cup just about to the top. Baking at 350 degrees for less than 15 minutes only because our oven uses bambola. (Gas Oven) I’ve made 17 cupcakes using my own   changes. The recipe online called for cream cheese icing which I decided not to do. 

Don’t look me in the eye fish!

“Little Tunny.” I brought you home only because your related “Tuna” family member wasn’t available. It’s a very delicate matter, my career in Ophthalmology has led to my sensitivity to your delicate organs. So how can I be faulted for my unwillingness to see that part of you? Your eyes? BTW! It doesn’t help that your name is so freaking adorable! Thanks to my brave Husband who discarded the head of Little Tunny’s before he was delicately grilled and its highly valued protein deliciously consumed….

Fish is a major staple, very rich within the Italian/Sicilian culture. An abundance of warmer water seeking fish are netted within the Mediterranean and Ionian Seas like the Tunny. On Sunday mornings our Village Fisherman’s sell their newfangled catches. It isn’t normal for me to face such freshness, such as a whole fish or octopus still moving about, but it is a fact of life here and it’s the way of life I’m going to have to get used to. It’ll always be a sight to see, seafood sold on the sidewalks of streets and in wall-less open aired Pescheria’s. While knowing that those aquatic lives were content in their Sea and perhaps happily swimming, I will enjoy each morsel and remember it too had eyes.

My Healthy Homemade “Little Tunny” Recipe:

Heat extra virgin olive oil in skillet.
Cook and season fish with light butter, salt, pepper, parsley to desired liking.
Squeeze and garnish with lemon.