Pepe asked me yesterday to sell his 1974 Alfa Romeo 2000 and I am putting it on a couple of UK classic car sites as there is no demand for classic car sales here in Italy. There seems no demand for for any car sales in fact in recession hit Italy. Car sales declined 13% in the first quarter of this year and follows 18 months of consecutive falls.
Hang on a minute I thought, from what I read in all the UK doom and gloom papers the UK is in as bad or worse shape and swinging cuts according to the BBC are responsible. One Madame Legarde , she of the perma tan and sometimes of the IMF has said that Europe is back on the road to recovery following a good dose of austerity while the UK needs to stop cutting. But I am placing ads for an Italian on a UK site to sell his car as the demand is booming there . Mind you then I looked at a couple of normal secondhand car sites in the UK and realised that my 2007 Renault would sell now in the UK for about £2,000 and here in Italy a similar year and similar milage for €11,000. So the market in the UK is aggressive and priced to sell and the market in Italy is complacent and trying still to protect unsustainable margins . It is the same in most areas to be fair. A walk down Oxford Street in London is eye opening in terms of sales and discounts and the number of Italians shopping there. Easyjet aren’t full for no reason. A walk in any large shopping mall here is a fairly lonely affair and noticeable only for a lack of sales banners, shops empty of customers and staffed by far too many bored looking people.
Still it’s Sunday and lets have a little Rowan Atkinson shall we.
I have been making polpette this morning and these are the finished article
and this is how they are made :
200 grams of minced meat ( I use a mix of pork and veal )
3 slices of old bread soaked in water
Break up the bread and mix it with the meat in a bowl then add
A hand full of chopped parsley
A clove of garlic crushed
5 tbspns of grated cheese ( your choice of cheese)
Mix it all together and if it is too soft to form balls add breadcrumbs or too solid add another egg.
Then roll into small balls and deep fry in olive oil.
You can then eat as a crunchy dish in between the pasta and the main meat course or add sugo and again serve in between courses.
If you are watching your heart then throw away the oil after use. A study in Spain of 20,000 people over a number of years looking at the benefits of the so called Mediterranean diet discovered that, only in families where the oil used for deep frying was tossed after one use, was there any noticeable lowering in the chance of heart disease. We keep ours and soak newspaper in it to use as firelighters for our inside and outside log fires.
Anyway all this talk of food must mean an Italian tune on food of which there are many, this one is spaghetti, chicken, small salad and a cup of coffee.