I've never really had the chance to have both a flower garden and a vegetable garden back in Canada, obviously due to the very short sunshine season. It's definitely possible, but you're a bit limited to what you can grow successfully. Being in Italy and in our new house, we are fully indulging in all things garden-related so this past weekend we headed out to join the masses of Italians to literally shop for flowers! It's so popular that we had to get up early on Saturday morning to beat the insane crowds that tend to accumulate during the afternoons. I do not have a green thumb at all, but Massi's dad has quite the passion for gardening (luckily!) and so basically did most of the work for us on Sunday morning. In addition to the flowers, he enriched our vegetable patch even further with tomatoes, zucchini, eggplant, and sage, to name a few new additions. It is such a novel concept for so many North Americans to be able to eat what you grow in your own backyard but that is what is done here (and likely the reason why waistlines remain so trim!). For our light Sunday night dinner, we just popped outside and cut ourselves a nice salad. But wait, in Italy you don't pour on the Ranch, Caesar, or any other cream-based salad dressing...it's simply oil and white wine vinegar! So your beloved "Italian" Caesar salad is not quite so Italian after all.
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Jasmine is a former pharmacist turned freelance writer, foodie, and fashionista from Alberta, Canada living "the sweet life" in Bergamo, Italy.
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