Friday, June 3, 2011

Salvatore's gift

I spotted this outside our window yesterday morning while I was still in my pajamas. I knew the caretaker Salvatore left it there because I had seen him heading out to the garden with the empty basket earlier. He was across the way visiting with the farmer next door, so I told Scott I was going to throw on some clothes and sneak down to get some pictures of the beautiful arrangement before he came back.

Mid shoot, I heard gravel crunching underfoot from the other side of the bay laurel hedge and knew he was returning. I hurried to get a couple more pics and started trying to figure out a way to explain myself to him in Italian, but he surprised me by gesturing that he'd made the basket for us. He then skillfully mimed that I should take the flowers and fry them up to eat. That's when it finally dawned on me that they were zucchini flowers. Our host had just been telling us the day before to make sure we tried the delicacy before their short season was over.

It was such an unexpected and pure act of kindness that I found myself crying before I could even make it up the stairs back to our apartment.

I gave myself a Google education on how to prepare them, and we enjoyed my respectable rookie attempt for lunch with a salad made from the lettuce Salvatore pulled for us too.


Aunt Pam said...

Looks yummy! You just don't see acts of kindness like that anymore. So glad you are having a good time. I love you and your sweet family! By the way, I enjoyed looking at all your pictures. This is the closest I will ever be to Italy! Thank you for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Wow! Looks great. Makes me hungry. I cannot imagine having all the fresh produce--must be just amazing. Made me think of Hot 'n Hot fish club and their fried squash blossoms. I'm sure yours were fresher and even more deliscious. Love, Mimi

Grandma DD said...

I'll be over to try some!! Yummy!! What did Owen think of the meal?

Grandma DD said...

Hey are you reading all of my comments under your pictures? I'm learning Italian as I enjoy looking at the pictures.

Ehi lei legge tutti i miei commenti sotto le sue immagini? Imparo l'italiano poiché piaccio guardare le immagini.

Shelley & Scott said...

Love you guys too!

I found your comments mom. I just assumed the Italian was there because of our location. So many websites come through here in Italian automatically - even blogger sometimes. Didn't know you were doing it! Be sure to wave your arms and gesture a lot while you practice if you want to look like a real Italian!

Anonymous said...

I have some of those squash blossoms in my garden right now...does that count? How did you make them?! Miss you but having so much fun looking at all the pictures and reading the posts!