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One day in advance to when tradition tells us it is supposed to be, on March 20th at 6pm spring was here.

And I actually remembered that after I had been at the supermarket and found some yummy looking fava beans staring at me from their shelf: how could I resist? They are the quintessential early-spring food if you ask me (but many many more Italians would agree with me), and as soon as the winter is over and they appear in grocery stores it is simply impossible to resist the temptation. It’s like proving to yourself that it’s time for the sun to start warming you up again, for the temperature to rise, and for that cold to just let you go.

I brought them home, got out of the fridge some average mature pecorino cheese, and made myself a snack, that eventually became lunch when I couldn’t stop eating.

Someone would ask: no wine? Not at noon: at noon it makes me sleepy and can’t afford naps right now.

As I was getting them out of their buds I noticed some of them were actually still a little small, but oh well, they were just the first ones of the season.

There’s some un-stereotypical Italian snack for you. If you have a chance, give that a shot.

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