There are times when you just need to get away from home. I had one of those moments recently and just decided to book an impromptu holiday to Rome.
I spent four days over there, taking in all of the normal sites and tourist
spots. But of course one of the things that always interests me more than
anything is the food. It drives my girlfriend mad - but I explain that it pays
dividends for her in the end as she ends up getting really nice food at the end
But, there was one thing that surprised me when I was over there - and you might think it's
a bit of strange thing to say...but bear with me. I was amazed at how many
Italian restaurants there were. Now, I know I was in Italy, but in every other
major City I've been to, there has been a plethora of different cuisines, all
available a very short distance away. It was incredibly difficult to find
anything other than the standard Italian fair. Don't get me wrong - I really
like Italian food - but there is only so much of it I can take until I fancy
something a bit different.
I was having a drink in the hotel and explained this to the barman. As it
happens he lived in the UK for a few years during the 70s and had the standard
'all British food is rubbish' attitude. He quite simply believed that the reason
you can get so many cuisines in the UK is because...well, we need it.
This, of course, I do not agree with. British food has come a long way in
the last twenty or so years and its about time everyone else realised that!
I've promised to send the barman a couple of recipes designed to change his
tune. But I think the fact he hasn't been back since the 70s says a lot. And
hopefully his visit will change that attitude.
The one thing that did cheer me up was the lovely receptionist who overheard
our conversation. As it turned out, she loves British good and in fact often
cooks it for friends of hers. Now that's progress! She asked for a good recipe
for a Shepherd’s pie. Boom!
Anyway...off to make a lasagne ;-)