November 11, 2009

To Market

Hello, my Darling Peppers.

I am so sorry I have not been in touch. The internet has been down here. Which is apparently a frequent problem. I could barely sleep last night because I was so eager to read your emails and see your posts. Today, the office in charge of such things issued a new router and now Aunt Diann and I are hoping to do everything on the internet that we could ever want to do. I have read all your emails while uploading pictures. It takes about five minutes each so it is a time consuming process. I hope to respond to all your letters before we lose connection again. If not, do know that I love you.

I have two days of posts to catch up on. I do believe this is the first time I have not made my 52 weeks challenge on time. But it will come shortly. First, I must tell you about our trip to the market yesterday.

When we parked my eye first caught this view of Mt. Etna. Don't strain yourself looking. I have many pictures that will come in future posts or in a video when I get home. That is baby button plastered to Uncle Ben's front. Don't they make a beautiful family?

Do you see the tents? All the vendors come and set up their wares. There is everything from socks to flowers to fish and more.

Have you ever seen such a beautiful assortment of cheese?

And these beautiful scarves. I had some good practice on converting euros to dollars.

You see, even flower vendors.

Uncle Ben and I had some fun showing Gabriel around for his very first visit to Market.

I had some good practice with my Italian words. Funghi?

Do you see that Beautiful Baccala? I am trying to figure out how to get some home for our Christmas dinner. Look at that red barrel next to it.

How cool is that? Salted fish stacked in a barrel. I couldn't conjure up enough Italian to find out if it was smelt or anchovy. I know for sure, that I would love to take it all home and cook up a storm. To have such fresh ingredients... Mamma Mia! We settled on some tortellini stuffed with pancetta. I am going to toss it with some pistachio pesto and top it with feta or Parmesan, olives from the market and sun dried tomatoes. Even though he does not like olives, I am trying to convince your Uncle Ben that he will like this dish. I only wish I had gotten some roasted red peppers to go with it. I will let you know how it turns out, at any rate.

Kaitlin, I had to take a picture of these roses for you. They are dipped in the manner you taught me about after your floral class. Aren't they stunning?

And for the spoils of our trip... I got this gorgeous fabric for about 12 euros. I am going to make a table cloth with it and put it atop a gold underlay for the holidays. What do you think of some frosted fruit to go in the center?

I had a particularly nice time looking at the local pottery. This is all made in nearby Caltagirone. This milk pitcher is shaped like a chicken because of a local belief that the chicken brings good luck and protection to the people. It is customary to give a chicken in some form as a housewarming gift. The artist is Irene Cabibbo. Maybe you can find the historical event and why this tradition came about on the internet? Ask Pa to help you. I do fear it may all be in Italian but do the best you can and let me know if it doesn't work out. Well, even if it does work out let me know what you found out... there might be some points in it for you!

This morning Aunt Diann and I put together a big box of surprises and it is on its way home. If it gets there before me, an unlikely scenario, do not peak... and no fair reading the customs form either. This means you, PA!

Until next time, I am thinking of you my little pepper loves.





  1. Ciao Kat!
    I'm so happy you are having fun here in Italy!
    Baccalà is so good, i love fried baccalà.
    I wish you a wonderful afternoon!
    Please, say "hello" from me to your sister Diann and to her sweet family!

  2. Kat,

    I love seeing all kinds of things from different countries even as simple as a market and seeing what they sell. Love the pumpkin fabric and seeing all that wonderful cheese! I would be such a sucker for buying all kinds of things.

    Can't wait to hear about what you are sending home to your family!

    Love and Hugs ~ Kat

  3. This was such a fun post and those flowers are gorgeous. YOur daughter took a class to learn that? amazing...I'll bet she loved you sending that picture along.

  4. Mama,
    the roses look like they were dipped. the fish and cheeses look yummy! In the picture with uncle ben, you look so fashionable and relaxed! Thanks for posting your adventures and pictures for us! We love and miss you.

  5. They are a cute little family! Mt Etna looks amazing, but small after all those pictures of Everest;)

    How fun to be in a real Italian market. Can taste those fish!

    Love to you,