Lockdown in Rome day 23

Italy officially extended the nation-wide lockdown to 13 April.

Which includes Easter. We promptly ordered a traditional Colomba cake when we heard, and an enormous chocolate egg from Biasetto to accompany the deer and wild boar salami and the bottle of spumante we’ve already squirreled away for Easter breakfast. We’ll serve it all with hardboiled eggs courtesy of the backyard chickens.

Roberto made a butcher run before lunch today. Or bike ride. The butcher is close and bikable. I crave fun food. I put chicken wings and burgers on the list. Roberto added the very large steak pictured above. It’s what’s for dinner.

My morning routine is improving in lockdown. Instead of racing out the door to catch a train, I make time to read fiction. I read a lot of fiction when I’m not in lockdown too, but usually hunched over on a train trying to salvage the minutes I lose commuting. Reading in the first moments of a new day feels luxurious, as if there is time enough for all I need and want to do, even if there isn’t.

This is a great recipe for sweet potato gnocchi, minus the fact that the author doesn’t seem to realize that sweet potatoes and yams are not the same things. I don’t know how I originally found it, but I made it dozens of times when I lived in NYC. I used to make the full batch and then freeze it just after cutting it into pieces and pull out mini-batches as needed. I don’t know why it is considered “advanced”. I always thought of it as foolproof. The sauce can be a tiny bit tricky, but not too tricky and the rest is a breeze. Let me know how it goes if you try making it.

Eat well. Stay safe.

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