Friday, March 27, 2015

"Short & Sweet" Part 1: Antonio, Peach Bellinis, and Caprese Salad

Antonio, Peach Bellinis, and Caprese Salad

A warm wind blew across the turquoise waters the Tyrrhenian Sea. The breeze was perfumed with sea salt and the sweet scent of freshly snipped basil. It was nearly midday. Sunlight shone on the white buildings of Capri; they shimmered like shells along the shoreline.

I leaned against Antonio, resting my head into the crook of his neck. His tanned skin, warmed by the sunlight, smelled of sand and sea.

"My love," he whispered into my ear, his thick Italian accent purring. He drizzled kisses down my neck and across my shoulder. His strong hands stroked my back. Through my thin silk dress, I could feel the crush of his body against mine.

Leaning back, I gazed up at him. “Antonio," I more whispered than said. My heart pounded in my chest, my stomach quivering with butterflies. 

He touched my chin gently then pressed his lips against mine. He tasted sweet, like ripe peaches blushing rosy orange in the sunshine. My tongue slid along his, and I drowned in the taste of his mouth. Waves of heat rolled between us and soon, I had to step back, so engulfed in the flame that had risen between us that I started to feel faint.

I giggled. “Sorry, I…I had to catch my breath. I was feeling dizzy.”

Antonio chuckled softly. Gently grasping my hips, he rocked me toward him. “I felt it too, my love, and we haven’t even started drinking.”

“Then, by all means, let’s drink so we have an excuse,” I replied.

“And excuse for what?” he asked, arching an eyebrow playfully, his dark eyes full of mischief.


Ready for a peach bellini (or anything else)? This "quickie" is inspired by all things from the the island of Capri. So today, I'm sharing with you Antonio, peach bellinis, and caprese salad. I love peach bellinis, them but I never knew they could be prepared so many different ways. I have a number of different recipes pinned for you on Pinterest.


We also love to eat caprese salad in my house. My recipe is very simple. I slice fresh tomatoes and mozzarella, garnishing with lots of fresh basil, then drizzle the whole dish with really sharp balsamic vinaigrette and pungent extra virgin olive oil...sprinkle with salt and pepper. While I keep it simple, people are wonderfully creative, and I found a ton of amazing recipes for caprese salad on Pinterest as well.

In case you don't have Pinterest, you can find recipes here:

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