Magpie says that on Valentine’s day she usually makes a nice dinner for the family because it is too busy to go out for dinner. So she asks me to help and we are going to make Cioppino and rice balls.
Magpie likes seafood that is fresh but I think the crab is dangerously fresh. We also have white fish, scallops, mussels and local side stripe shrimp, everything go into a pot with a tomato and white wine broth. One whole bottle
of wine goes in the pot, but we still have a bottle of Ruffino Orvieto Classico for dinner.
Everybody is at the table and we have a good time, the Cioppino is delicious but messy. Magpie says it is a recipe that started around San Francisco with Italian immigrants. The women would get large kettles of broth ready and
then when the catch came to shore everything went into the pot.
Magpie’s recipe for rice balls is very easy, they are tasty and go very well with the Cioppino. We have a nice crusty bread and insalada, too.
I get to meet Magpie’s exchange student, Daniel, from Hungary and her good friend Ingrid. I think maybe Magpie was hoping that there could be something between Ingrid and Luigi, but I like Italian women.
We have been working so much this week in the store but tomorrow before Magpie sends me off we are going to see some things.