Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Cosa manca oggi?











I remember my old Nonna used to have a piece of cloth in her kitchen which carried the headline "Cosa Manca Oggi?" - What is missing today? Down the front it had a list of household goods and little plastic pegs at the side to mark them with. It was designed to produce the weekly shopping list years before Tesco online was invented.

However, I was recently on a trip to Selkirk (I know, don't ask) when I dined out in a fancy hotel in Melrose. Having settled a dispute between the couple next to me about the ingredients of Pesto sauce I partook of a reasonable meal. However, at the finish I realised there was a problem when I looked down at the table in front of me.

Espresso, perfectly acceptable, six out of ten kind of brew. But a big space next to it on the left where something else should have been. And it made me think to myself "Ma Cosa Manca Oggi..."

8 comments:

martinobhoy said...

Grappa in a Melrose hotel? You were probably hoping for a bit too much there.

As you know I've often sent you pictures of grappa from my trips so do you get strange looks when you took a photo of an espresso?

ginkers said...

Not as strange as the looks I get when I try to photograph the waitress who brings the coffee...

Spangly Princess said...

went out for a chinese last night a got through a fair bit of what they described as 'grappa di rose.' which doesn't bear all that much relation to grappa, really, and probably even less to roses, but is a pleasant enough spirit to knock back after your chow mein.

strangely not a feature of most UK chinese restaurants though.

ginkers said...

I have never even heard of it, but it sounds intriguing...

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Spangly Princess said...

the grappa di rose comes in at about €9 a bottle so if for no other reason is worthy of your attention ;-)

a.c.t said...

I'm intrigued as to your discussion about pesto ingredients...what did you say, what did they say?

ginkers said...

ACT

A delayed response they were arguing over whether pesto had parmesan cheese in it or pine nuts. One was swearing blind there was no cheese, the other no pine nuts. I set them straight but I don't think they liked a know-it-all Scottish Italian butting in.