Things To Do In Quarantine, Vol. 6
Follow my tips below for your own at-home Roman Holiday and you’ll go to bed dreaming in Italian.
A presto! (talk soon!)
Start the day like Italians do, with a cappuccino. To prepare your cappuccino in the most Italian way possible, know your ratios. I like a little cocoa dusting on mine. It feels fancy, and guess what, sometimes I like to be fancy.
Turn your living room into a seaside Italian retreat with climbing bougainvillea–a signature of the region. The fuchsia buds create the most cheerful atmosphere and I can’t help but delight in seeing them. This guide shows you how to bring these bright fiori into your space.
Lunch Italian-style is an event unto itself, and on the Amalfi Coast it’s served seaside. I can hear the waves breaking in the background just reading this famed restaurant’s specialties. Using their menu as inspiration, I created this Italian Sangria recipe, guaranteed to transport you seaside instantly.
AM’s Pesche Al Vino, “Da Adolfo” Style
- a bottle of light wine - red or white, your choice!
- 4 ripe peaches
- 1 tbsp sugar (or more to taste)
- freshly squeezed lemon juice - 1-2 lemons
Slice the peaches into wedges and place into a large jug. Sprinkle with sugar and toss to coat. You can adjust the sweetness to your liking and to the sweetness of the peaches. Add the lemon juice and let sit uncovered in the fridge for about 30 minutes.
After 30 minutes, add the light red or white wine into the jug (nothing too fancy - save that for unadulterated sipping), stir well, and return to the fridge for at least a few hours. The longer you can wait, the better it will taste. Remember to stir before each serving to ensure each glass is perfectly portioned.
I bet you’re sleepy now–go ahead and indulge in a siesta on a shaded lounge, err, couch. When you wake up in a haze and a bit parched, this recipe works wonders to ensure you enjoy the remainder of the day – with or without the limoncello.
Take a nice, refreshing shower and don something that shows off your sun-kissed skin because it’s aperitivo time! This is one of my favorite Italian traditions. Savory snacks and sweet, citrusy cocktails magically combine to prepare your palate for dinner–don’t ask me how that works, but trust me, it does. I like to keep the snacks light, a mix of olives and sea-salted potato chips works so I don’t ruin my appetite–but this is your vacation, so hoard those chips if that’s what you want to do!
Should you decided to turn the aperitivo into more of an event - outdoors and socially-distant, of course - take some inspiration from the many bitter cocktail options combined with these olives and cichetti (pronounced chee-ke-tee) and serve up a cocktail party that’s whisks your guests away to Italy with you.
Live La Dolce Vita, and enjoy!