Monday, not Sunday Supper

I met with my literary group tonight. We read some Yeats and G.M. Hopkins.

I did the cooking for the meal to follow.

Tonight we were in Rome.

And I am pleased that what we had tonight tasted precisely as you would have in Rome.

The first course was Bucatini all’Amatriciana.

I must say that I did it according to the Roman preference, which includes onion.

Also, I was not working in my own kitchen.  That is a huge liability when cooking, much less cooking for lots of people… including ecclesiastical prelates.


I prepped the Saltimbocca alla Romana.

Into the pan…

I reduced the juices and butter/oil with white wine into a sauce, which I put over the pieces in the serving platter.

Dessert included pears with cheese: Brie and Grana Padano.

I made a pie.   Apple pie.   I am not a good baker, btw.

And so, at the end of the evening, we decided we would focus on G.M. Hopkins for a while.

Thus, ended my evening, with lots of dirty dishes.

There was more… but that was the best part.

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  1. Geoffrey says:

    Another great post! I am not a baker, either. I would like to see your apple pie steps. It looks delicious. My sister and I had to join forces for our “Apple Crumb Pie” on Thanksgiving! Me and dough just do not mix!

  2. TomB says:

    Not a good baker. Yeah, sure, that pie looks just awful! I would do all your dishes for one slice of it.

  3. shadowlands says:

    I am going to be thinking about that pie during the day. I am also going to be including a large amount of very hot custard in my thinking.

  4. Hugh says:

    When I was young and foolish, I decided to learn by heart GMH’s “The Wreck of the Deutschland”, which poem I would bawl to the rushing air on my Yamaha 250 trailbike as I journeyed to my friend’s home each week for beer and conversation. It exactly matched the travel time, I was to discover.

    I’ve been rewarded beyond the wildest speculation. Bits of it come back in all manner of situations.

    “Our King back – oh, upon English souls! Let Him Easter in us! …” Even as an Aussie, I love that and think with great hope of what Pope Benedict is doing right now.

  5. Rob in Maine says:

    The burners on that stove look so clean!

  6. Hugh says:

    Rob: I give up. Where did Hopkins write that? ;- )

  7. This is not fair. Looking at all this and not being able to eat it.
    I must say my husband to have a look and make all that – he’s a very good cook.

  8. Magpie says:

    Father, you should open a chain of restaurants called ‘What does the food really taste like?’

  9. irishgirl says:

    Oooo….everything looks really good, Father Z! (though I’m not fond of onions)
    ‘Saltimbocca’-is that Italian for ‘bacon’?
    ‘What Does The Food Really Taste Like?’-good one, Magpie! I like that!

  10. MJ says:

    Everything looks delicious! I’m not a fan of onions unless they’re sauteed really well.

    Mmm, that pie!!

  11. robtbrown says:

    irishgirl says:

    Oooo….everything looks really good, Father Z! (though I’m not fond of onions)
    ‘Saltimbocca’-is that Italian for ‘bacon’?

    Panchetta is the Italian version of bacon. [Almost… pancetta. Also, saltimbocca is best with guanciale.]

    Saltimbocca is veal with prosciutto (very thinly sliced ham), cooked with butter and Marsala wine. [I used white wine rather than Marsala for this saltimbocca. There was no Marsala where I was. There is also a scaloppine alla Marsala that goes down very gratefully.] It is wuuuuuuuunderful. [Rem acu tetigisti!]

  12. Father: If you ever want to “test” a meal before making it for your buddies, you know where to find me! I’ll make the sacrifice. It’s the least I can do.

  13. irishgirl says:

    Thanks for the explanation, robrtbrown! Makes me wish I were back in Italy again.
    Veal and ham together–that sounds delicious!
    Looking at these pictures is making me verrry hungry!

  14. don Fabio says:

    You look very skilled! I hope that the taste of these dishes matched to the appearance :-) You have to try a “risotto alla milanese”… and thanks for approving my registration!

  15. Thanks for the comment! Actually, I do make risotto from time to time. The last time, I made risotto with taleggio, pears, and cognac.

  16. Prof. Basto says:

    I LOVE saltimbocca alla romana.

    And yours looks delicious.

  17. Prof. Basto: It was delicious, too.

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