I make the BEST WATER! No really, it’s true. My husband even told me so. I don’t like ice in my drink but I do like it when my drink is fresh. In the winter I just drink water from the tap but in the summer I like it to be a bit cooler so I usually put a small jug in the fridge. But my trick is that I put stuff in it…like fresh mint leaves and lemon or bay leaves or orange wedges and sprigs of rosemary. I know it sounds kinda weird, but when cooled in the fridge it makes the most refreshing, natural beverage.
But on to other things…like flowers. I think in a previous life I must have been an insect. I’ve already mooned in previous posts about Rose petal gelato and jelly and don’t get me started on sugared Violets! But move over because there’s a new kid in town called the Zucchini flower. Here in Italy it’s a delicacy that is available when zucchini’s are in season. You have to eat them fresh so if you buy ’em you cook ’em that night.
Tonight, after a torrential rain that lasted 20 minutes I ran into my local veggie stand. Unfortunately, my usual veggie guy had the night off (you know, the one I have a secret crush on), so I had to deal with the veggie lady instead. The good thing about this of course is that she gives me recipes. Now, I have fried a zucchini flower or two in my days here but every Italian has their own secret trick that they want to bestow on you.
And here’sa whatta she said: (okay not really, as she spoke only Italian), mix the flour with fizzy water. Really. Fizzy water? After which followed a million stupid questions from me and I made her repeat the instructions three times so I didn’t screw it up. So simply, I mixed a bit of this a bit of that and dipped the yellow babies in and fried them up pronto!
I would show you a photo but it’s too late…I ate them all : )