After a week away from my home, Mr. Swiss and my country I returned on Saturday and we decided on Sunday Mrs. Swiss would not cook and we went to one of our favourite Italian restaurants in our nearby town of Solothurn. The lady in the photo is in the garden outside of the restaurant and generally sleeps through all the excitement. The weather was good, the atmosphere was ideal and it was the first time for a long while that we ate out. We just did not feel like it up to now this year, with so many problems going on, but last Sunday we decided to do it.
No, we did not have spaghetti, I can cook that at home. It was giant prawns with all the trimmings. I took pasta with it and Mr. Swiss small potatoes cooked with rosemary. We both had a mixed salad first of all.
Back to normality at home – see photo. I know it might not be a feast, but it was a feast for me today. Over the last half year I had not exactly lost my appetite, but was just eating to survive. Things were getting a little on top of me and food was not the most important thing in my life. Slowly the clouds are lifting, I can see light at the end of the tunnel and my appetite is slowly returning.
As Mr. Swiss enjoyed his potato accompaniment to his meal on Sunday, I decided to cook them myself today with green beans (fresh and not frozen) and saltimbocca, which our local supermarket had. Saltimbocca – veal topped with a slice of prosciutto and all stuck together with a small toothpick holding a sage leaf. At least that is how they do it here. My potatoes turned out quite well. Mr. Swiss found they were even better than those at the restaurant, but then restaurants probably do not smother everything in butter like Mrs. Angloswiss. I did not really intend showing dinner here, but I happened to be on the FB messenger with my friend and I sent her a photo of today’s dinner, which is why I happened to have it ready.
Perhaps it is because of the good summer weather, perhaps because there are only the two of us at the moment, but I enjoy cooking again. Tomorrow there will be another feast. It is a shopping day and afterwards we will have lunch in the supermarket restaurant. Not 5 star of course, just houseman’s food but no stress. We do not have to spend a fortune to eat well. Enjoy life when you can I say, and if we do not have to cook, clean up the kitchen after the meal and just go home to our coffee/tea and take our golden oldie midday sleep, that is all we need.