It’s May Day, a long weekend here and the end of week eight of lockdown. From Monday we can go for walks, which will be wonderful. Quite a few people are ambling around already, it is definitely getting livelier in Rome by the day. The traditional primo maggio concertone (big concert) will be online tonight, spring is definitely here. I’ve seen locals out in T-shirts, there is fresh asparagus and soon strawberries. We got a veg box delivered yesterday from L’Alveare, which had lots of fave fresche (fava beans, or broad beans.) Time for a traditional first of May lunch, fave e pecorino. Ideally eaten after a trip to the countryside, with a glass of crisp cold white wine.
No countryside this year, but we peeled the fresh fava beans sitting in the kitchen, listening to bird song. The ones on the left have the outer layer removed, maybe not needed as these are very fresh, but we have plenty. We also have plenty of time this spring. I was sorting cookbooks today (they ALL spark joy) and will pull out some less used ones to experiment with, esepcially now that we know how to shop online. The shops are well-stocked, I am just trying to avoid closed spaces. I’ll try more It looks like I’ll be working for home for a few more months, so I’m thinking about how to set up a less temporary workspace. On Tuesday my boxes arrive from Accra, so I’ll deal with that first. It will get hot in Rome soon enough, but nothing compared to the heat and relentless humidity of Accra.
No pecorino cheese, but we had fresh, crumbly robiola and cheese with walnuts with our fave, with flatbread left over from a Persian dinner (Persian Chicken with Turmeric and Lime, and Smoked aubergines with garlic, both highly recommended. Standing on the balcony today, seeing people jog by and walk their dogs and randomly (!) bump into friends, albeit with masks and at a distance, there is a good feeling that this too shall pass. I hope the same holds true also for you.