Lockdown in Rome day 45

2020 is the year of canned fish that is not tuna in our household. Mackerel, anchovies, and sardines are everywhere on our lockdown menu.

Far down the food chain, wild, and delicious, these little guys are apparently some of the healthiest and most sustainable fish you can eat. Our trip to Portugal in February moved canned fish to the top of our diet and we’re fortunate that Italy has great canned fish too. How did canned tuna ever get so cool? It’s not. Roberto made a killer salad today with canned mackerel and chickpeas.

The sun came back along with the rumor that restaurants might be allowed to open for takeout only on 4 May and that there is a possibility that we may also be able to move around the region at the same time. We currently can’t leave the town or city we live in.

We are hoping for both takeaway and regional movement as we live on the outskirts of Rome where all the restaurants near us are in a different town, and all the restaurants in Rome aren’t near us. I miss our favorite pizzeria most of all and it is a 15-minute drive to another town. A co-worker today referred to this as my “pizza issue”. Fingers crossed.

Fried egg for breakfast which I’m ready to admit is my comfort food and it was a cloudy morning that required comforting. Amazing salad with canned mackerel and chickpeas for lunch with all the sun in the garden, along with some strawberries in balsamic vinegar. Linguine with swiss chard, garlic, colatura (anchovy sauce), balsamic vinegar, and Parmigiano-Reggiano for dinner.

I also opened a relatively cheap Chardonnay from Côte de Nuits in Burgundy, France, an area far more famous for red wines. A lot of white flowers and lemon and hay. It really surprised me. Tasty.

Eat well. Stay safe.

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