One of the fun things about researching my current novel, drawing on my Italian ancestry, is scouring all the old photo albums for inspiration.
The pic, above, of my late nonna with my mum on her lap and her brother, Michael, beside them gave me a bit of a jolt. We'd just taken one of our boys, Alessio, right, to have a haircut and realised we'd gotten him a 'short back and sides', like Michael back in the '50s. Some looks never go out of fashion!
Also while in book research mode recently, I came across a fab recipe! I wanted to have my heroine cook my nonna's famous spinach fritters, but then realised spinach is a cold-season crop and the book is set in summer.
So I looked up 'tomato fritters', and lo and behold, there is such a specialty from Santorini. (The most I remember about my trip to the Greek island is feeling sorry for the donkeys which transport tourists up the steep steps! Maybe sampling these babies at the top would have made me feel a little better...)
I used a recipe from the foodie blog, Lemon & Olives, though my hubby set out all the ingredients and took over the frying part - can you tell he doesn't have much patience with a newbie cook like me? :) This was the result... Delish!
Finding my inner peasant...