Whisked away to Italy with Risotto and "Love is All You Need"
|Boletes, or as Stéphane would say in French, "bolet" or "cèpe" and in Italian, "porcini"|
I love Sundays. It's when Stéphane takes over the kitchen. The scent of onions sautéing in butter perfumes our apartment and the sound of my husband singing, somewhat off key, along with Dean Martin's "That's Amore" fill the air. While I struggle with French on a daily basis, my husband has recently started learning Italian. Stéphane listens to Pimsleur Italian lessons on his way to and from work and greets me with an enthusiastic "Buongiorno" accompanied by kisses on both my cheeks when he walks through the door in the evening.
Part of the reason that Stéphane is in such a good mood today is that we took a mini-trip to Italy with Oscar winning filmmaker Susan Bier's latest movie, Love is All You Need, yesterday. Filmed in Sorrento, there are plenty of shots of cheerful blue beach umbrellas, the fiery red sun sinking into the Bay of Naples and lemon groves. But, more than that, the film tells the story of two middle-aged characters, played by Pierce Brosnan and Danish actress Trine Dyrholm, who discover that life is about moving forward even after you've experienced profound pain. It's a middle-aged love story.
If you want to be whisked away to the sun drenched coast of Italy and don't mind reading a few Danish subtitles along the way, Love is All You Need.
And, Stephane's risotto? It was amazing, especially when accompanied by some French wine that we picked up while we were in the Jura. With strong walnut aromas, we're discovering that this Savagnin wine, the "little brother" of the uniquely flavored Vin Jaune (Yellow Wine), goes well with all kinds of traditional Fall dishes made with cheese, cream and mushrooms.
If you would like to know more about Vin Jaune, here's the link for an interesting article from The New York Times: Wine and Cheese as It Was Meant to Be