According to the weather reports summer is going to arrive on Thursday and it’s going to be hotter in North Essex than it is on the Med. Here’s hoping they are right.
The hot weather gives me the perfect excuse to serve my favourite salad at The Waiting Room. Panzanella, a rustic Tuscan salad that is mostly tomatoes and bread. That’s right, like all the best food, simple but so tasty. Tomatoes warmed by the sun, then drizzled in olive oil and scattered with freshly torn basil, a homemade country loaf torn up into small pieces and mixed in and soak up all the delicious juices. To continue with the Italian theme I shall be bringing mozzarella and tomato pizza and plus vegetable pasta soup.
Ciabatta and focaccia will be also available to buy, eat in or take home. Ciabatta means slipper bread and despite being considered by many to be an Italian classic, it only came into being in 1982. Arnaldo Cavallari, a baker and miller from a small town near Venice, produced it, initially. Italian bakers were unnerved by the popularity of the French baguette and so Cavallari set about making an Italian equivalent. This yeast bread has an open texture and a floury crispy crust.
And as a suggestion for living la dolce vita, what could go better with a lovely cup of morning coffee than a slice of twice baked, crispy biscotti? Also very nice dipped in wine, if you fancy. Alas, we don’t have the Trevi Fountain to frolic in but take a seat under a yellow parasol and enjoy the sun.