Marching in spirit today

In Rome this week, but bedridden with acute bronchitis, so unable to join the #womensmarch taking place at the Pantheon.

But I am following the marches online, and am with you in spirit. Friends are at the Womens Marches in Rome, in Oakland, in DC and in Oslo, Copenhagen, Geneva, London – wish I were there.

And in Geneva:

And in London

Looking ahead

herbs in windowboxSunday in Rome, church bells ringing and it’s quieter than normal. Lovely sunny day, so we strolled up to the Rome Farmer’s Market in their new Garbatella location to have a look. Nice to see the old market finally in use again. Still many stands not in use, but an interesting selection of cheeses, salumi and other food items (who doesn’t like to browse that?). Definitely worth exploring further. My excuse (not that I need one) was the dismal state of the balcony boxes, and the rapidly increasing temperatures. 25C today: great for drying laundry, but not so good for fragile herbs on a south-facing balcony. I stocked up, and replanted three boxes.

Garbatella view

I also bought some fresh ricotta, to make pasta with peas and ricotta tomorrow.  For recipe, see Rachel eats: Farfalle con piselli e ricottaHer writing makes me hungry, and she even made the pasta from scratch……. Wonderful.


Pasta with peas and ricotta


UPDATE: it was absolutely delicious! I confess, we used frozen peas, about 200g peas and 200g fresh ricotta, half of mixture blended. then served with extra ricotta on the pasta as Rachel recommended. Just a bit of salt and pepper. Definitely one to make again.