Affogato [a-fa-ga-to]: Noun. A delicious beverage comprising a large scoop of premium quality vanilla bean ice cream with a freshly extracted shot of espresso coffee poured over it.
On our travels here and there, Peter and I will often seek out cafes on a quest for good coffee. My caffè of choice is a double shot macchiato with a splash of extra milk. There are times, however, when I'm craving an affogato. More often than not, Peter will order me an affogato, but (dependent on the cafe and our location) there are occasions when he says 'Don't be silly, they're not going to know what that is here!'. My somewhat indignant response to this is usually, 'Well then, I'll explain to them how easy it is to make one.'
My taste buds tell me that mangoes have been particularly good this season, however yields are down, according to reports from the Australian Mango Industry Association (AMIA). Despite this, it is anticipated that about seven million trays will be produced in Australia, which is approximately 70 per cent of last season's record crop.
'Today Sydney, Canberra and other NSW centres experienced extreme temperatures, with records being set for Sydney at Observatory Hill (45.8°C); Sydney Airport (46.4°); Canberra (41.6°); and a range of other communities along the coast from Bega (44.6°) to Williamtown (44.8°). The highest temperature recorded in the Greater Sydney Area was 46.5° at Penrith.'
'It's much better buying our produce fresh from individual growers and producers rather than from a person at a checkout at the supermarket,' Peter commented this morning as we left the Capital Region Farmer's Markets with a fully laden shopping trolley. Of course, I agreed. A love of market shopping is a philosophy we share and an outing that we both thoroughly enjoy.
My new year's resolution for 2012 is to unwind by spending more weekend hours in the garden working to ensure a more bountiful jardin potager.
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NB: I use Australian standard measuring cups and spoons in my recipes.