Lockdown in Rome day 12

Ricotta pancakes for brunch! WOOOO!

The little pleasures have become the big pleasures. Or well, maybe ricotta pancakes have always been a big pleasure.

Italy tightened lockdown restrictions last night and I feared running outside was banned. But no, not yet. Running alone in your own neighborhood is still allowed. Apparently people who don’t run are dressing up like runners and going out to meet up with friends. I wish they would stop.

I’m running through mostly empty streets. Italian houses are often built like small fortresses, surrounded by high fences or walls which means there’s not much to see from the road. Occasionally a car or a delivery truck will pass driven by a single person in a mask. The highway is mostly empty but for trailer trucks thankfully moving food.

I often use this recipe when making pancakes, but replace the vanilla extract with the scrapings of the inside of 1/2 a vanilla bean, and instead of baking powder which I’ve never found in Italy, I use the same quantity of sodium bicarbonate with a squeeze of lemon juice. Fortunately, there is also no shortage of Vermont maple syrup in this household.

Last night we also placed an order online for cured meats, salami, cheese, and legumes from a shop in Norcia. We ordered some pecorino cheeses, lentils and other legumes, some prosciutto and guanciale, a couple of salami, deer and wild boar, some spicy sausages and a spreadable sausage for future pizzas. I’m glad it is still so easy to get delicious food. I really hope it stays that way.

Eat well. Be safe.

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