I've been remiss in planning and posting my aperitivo ideas lately, probably due to the holidays (although I have posted other entries) but mainly due to the fact that if I keep eating all those aperitivo goodies with FHFB I will be the size of a small Celebrity cruise ship! So, I've made a commitment that the one personal thing that can't be compromised in my life is some sort of physical activity each and every day. For the past three days I've walked two miles each morning on the treadmill - thank goodness for Showtime because that's what keeps me busy while I'm walking away. My biggest challenge is fitting the time to exercise into my day. I've discovered that I need at least an hour (better if it's 90 minutes) of 'me' time in the morning before any exercise begins. That 'me' time is used to have a hot cup of tea and catch up on emails, facebook and of course my blogging friends and their new entries. Sometimes it's the creativity and beautiful photos on these blog updates that gets me a bit off-track as new ideas fill my brain and I plan new projects and posts!
The day was beautiful and we walked around Spring Lake and had a delicious little lunch at a small Italian deli right on Main St. (didn't get their name). I had a pasta and fresh spinach salad and FHFB had a veal cutlet along with a healthy portion of brocolli rabe and sliced Italian sausage and half of a crusty loaf of bread. See what I mean about eating - he can eat all of that and stay the same - I gained weight looking at him eat (or maybe because I stole things from his plate, like a slice of sausage and a chunk of that bread!) Either way, we both love food and so the vigorous exercise must become part of my daily routine so I can enjoy bites of many delicious savories without guilt.
Okay, onto tonight's aperitivo (especially since my Aunt Riz gave me an award for Italian cooking!):
Orrechiette Pasta with Cavolfiore Strascicato (Cauliflower and very little Bacon)
Polpette di Vitello con Carciofi e Carote (Veal Meatballs with Artichokes and Carrots)
Bruschetta with White Beans, Sun Dried Tomatoes and Basil
Welcome to the Frog Hollow Farm blog! I've been blogging since January 2010 and have switched from Blogger to Word Press, but I'm back to Blogger because, for me, it's easier to use. My husband and I live on a little farm in Northwest New Jersey. We have some chickens and a very large vegetable garden with asparagus and raspberries, and rows and rows of sunflowers, snapdragons and zinnias. Traveling, entertaining, gardening, spending time with family, studying Italian, blogging and reading keep us busy and happy. With all of this going on, moving towards a simpler life seems almost impossible but it's definitely a daily goal.