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Pulehu #4: grillin' and chillin' on Ferragosto


Ferragosto is the big holiday of summer, as the 15th declares that everyone in Italy is, or at least should be, off from work and having a ball. The meaning of the term comes from an era when gods and goddesses, all-knowing deities in the eyes of man, were still around before christianity gave them the boot. Be gone you pagans! Such is life - and the end of the toga.

August 15th is also supposed to be a very hot day, and in all of the previous years it seems to me that this has always been the case. Well, climate's a-changing and right now, at high noon, it's 76°F and cloudy. We've got stuff ready to throw on the grill and I'll be updating this entry with more food photos. For now I've got Mister B in his bachelor pad. We recently had it "outfitted" with airconditioning...a steal, really, at only 3€ for the little sign.

6 hours later...

Well I should've just shut my mouth on the weather. An eventual 85°F under a hot sun was plenty enough for the grillmaster. The flies started coming around, a lizard dropped down from nowhere and landed on the terrace, and all around the valley you could hear the pleasant chatter of families enjoying their ferragosto holidays. Too bad that summer is almost over.





Comments

Ciao Chow Linda said…
Hope you're having a fun Ferragosto. I love Mister B's home and the new a/c sign.
Very cute. Have a fun day!
Deb said…
LOL - nice digs, mr. b! love the peppers...you so fancy!

sounds like lovely temps for grilling....can't wait to see what you going pulehu:)
TalesOC said…
I really love that picture!

By the way, I'm kinda jealous! 76, huh?! I wish it would cool down that much here! You're right though. The weather does seem to be changing. My family mentions it a lot, and I noticed it before I left the US. Next thing you know the oceans will start rising.
Hope you have a fun day, your lunch looks delicious...but boy that was hot!!
Fern Driscoll said…
Well YUM! The BBQ looks great, we'll be right over. Mr. B looks very proprietorial - as well he should. Probably the only doggy in all Italia with air conditioning (or at least a sign). Love your googley eyes. Happy Ferragosto to you both and scritches to Maddie and Mr. B.
Texas Espresso said…
are those cherokee purple tomatoes I see there? what other kind are present? They all look GOOOD! as do the arancini =) Hope you had a good Ferragosto!
Zhu said…
The tomatoes make me drool... so simple, yet I can almost smell how fresh they are!
Barbara said…
Hi Ro,
There's really a "pau hana time" feel there; break out the beers, the pupu platter and the hibatchi.

And we got you in a pic too... or almost did :)
Great customising of chez Monsieur B. Gotta be your doing- well done :)
Enjoy your Sunday.
RONW said…
I caught that joke about the air-conditioning.
K and S said…
what a great holiday!
Rowena... said…
Tales - it cracks me up that there are still those who don't believe in the greenhouse effect. Donn't these people look outside of their homes???

Fern - you are always welcome. If you both are ever in the area, we must have a grigliata!

Texas Espresso - those are...Black Krims and French Marmandes. The Cherokee Purples were planted a bit late but I still have hope that I'll harvest at least a few off the plants!

And to everyone else - I am searching hard for an old-fashioned grape-stomping event. ^-^
TalesOC said…
That's odd. I don't remember those other pictures from the first time I looked at this post. Those are some tasty looking items you have there! Well, except for Maddie. She's cute, but probably not tasty.
Rowena... said…
Tales - not to worry ^-^ apparently you didn't catch this part in the 2nd paragraph:

"We've got stuff ready to throw on the grill and I'll be updating this entry with more food photos."
Saretta said…
Did you make those arancini? I'm impressed!
Boomka said…
I'm not surprised the lizard dropped in for a visit! He probably smelled the grill a'cookin and decided he'd come by a for a bite. If I were a lizard, I would have done the same =)
Rowena... said…
Saretta - yes I did, and I don't know why it took me so long to make my own instead of purchasing them at the deli. They are so EASY to do!

Boomka - at first I thought it was a bird taking a dump but it was too close to the building for it to do so without slamming into a window. Lizards are the true survivors in history. The little guy ran off on all fours without saying sayonara.
foodhe said…
those are some good looking arancini! well everything looks mighty fine rowena... a delicious summertime feast - no wonder you attracted all of the locals
Rowena... said…
Foodhoe - and maybe next time I might be generous enough to invite 'em all over to eat...and help out with mass-production arancini!

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