1h and 20 mins in the car and we are in Florence. We leave our car near Piazza Michelangelo, enjoy the amazing view and walk to the centre. After a few hours of walking, shopping and a visit to the impressive exposition of Marina Ambramovic we arrive back home late, but , no problem my dinner is quickly ready.
This morning I mixed 200 grams of feta cheese cubes with 1 table spoon of olive oil, 2 teaspoons of fennel seeds and ¼ teaspoon of chili flakes and I put 300 grams of peeled shrimps in a colander in the fridge to defrost.
Chop and fry 4 garlic cloves in some olive oil. Add 180 grams of barley, the zeste of an orange, 2 teaspoons of fennel seeds and ¼ teaspoon of chili flakes. Once the barley becomes glazy, add 5 chopped fresh tomatoes. Stir now and again, in the same way you would prepare a risotto. Add some stock if necessary. Taste, add pepper and salt. During the last few mins add the shrimps and a handful of chopped basil. Finish with the marinated feta cubes.
Serve and enjoy the last evening dinner in the nice company of Leen.
PS What a great book, Ottolenghi Simple!