An early-morning bonjour from sunny Provence! We've been blessed with sunshine for the past two days & it's amazing what a few extra rays will do for the spirit. I've been busy cleaning my small "office", studying French, and starting to dig the Christmas decorations out of storage. And France is surely a welcome surprise when it comes to Noel-deco, they've got so many beautiful things for the home, it's hard not to want to buy-out the entire store (I'm talking Eurodif here for any decoration-lovers).
But mainly I'm incredibly giddy with excitement for my trip to Rome next week. And even though I've got visions of never-ending pasta bowls dancing through my head, I'm really making the trip to Rome to spend some time with one of my best friends, Jennifer.
The last time I saw Jennifer, or Super Jenny, as we've come to call her (she's simply fantastic you see) was last Easter when we met for an extended weekend of market shopping, gelato-eating, and cooking. It was a wonderful way to celebrate the holiday, and truth be told, if I had to point to one thing that is most important to me in the world, it would have to be my dear friends.
And Jennifer is just not any friend (returning now to her "super" qualities), she's an accomplished writer, caring educator, translator, expert on all things Italian, and pretty-much knows everything about everything - art, history, literature & how to cook a mean Pappardelle all' Amatriciana. Did I mention she does martial arts in her spare time? This girl's fierce.
Jennifer basically grew-up in Italy & has lived there for almost 13 years. She went to high school in Florence and Arezzo, stayed on for art school in Milan, and then worked in publishing and teaching in Milan. After a stint in NYC, she moved back to live in Rome in 2006 & has been there ever since. Oh, and she just happens to be writing a novel set in Florence which beautifully captures the essence of the city as maybe only someone who lived there could. Just sayin'.
So, as I'm less than a week away from being spoiled with quality Super-Jenny time, I'd just like to take the time to thank her for her friendship, support, and maybe above all, her awesome Italian cooking.
You can click here for a link to a Spaghetti all' Amatriciana recipe & bon weekend à tous!