Umami blogged about her Fried Zucchini flowers the other day and set me thinking that I should make some myself. On my visit to the supermarket this afternoon, I came across some lovely male zucchini flowers (she bought the female flowers the other day, they are the ones carrying the vegetable) and so bought 12 of them to make some Fleur de Courgette Frite, Vinaigre Balsamique et Miel (Fried Zucchini Flower with Balsamic Vinegar and Honey). Male flowers keep slightly better than the female ones, in any case not to be kept for more than 2-3 days in the fridge as they wilt really fast.
I made a simple Tempura batter , but made it smooth so that I will not have the sexy lumps for a change. Added in some coarse sea salt and then lightly coated the flowers in the batter. Fried them gently in a mix of olive and sunflower oil and served them hot with grated Parmesan cheese and a sauce made of Honey and Balsamic Vinegar.
I made a Leek and Potato Soup to start, followed by another starter of Beef Cappaccio. My kids eat raw beef. In fact, they love it. So this no-need-to-cook dish is occasionally served in this house. Just spread out the wafer-thin slices of beef, add Olive Oil, Parmesan Cheese, Salt, Pepper and Lemon Juice and it's ready for consumption!
I am still working hard to try to get the house ready for the new school year (starting in September). As the kids will need alot of my help when they start their 1st year in an English-speaking school. Also, I'll be learning Italian then and will have most mornings taken by the lessons. And I expect our social life to start again, the expatriate community here being small and rather active. Apparently there is a Ferrari Women's Club and as a Ferrari Wife I'm expected to join. Hmm...maybe I'll be able to start a monthly Cook-Together session once I'm in it. That would be quite fun, don't you think so?