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  1. Jess

    After much squinting, I have reached the conclusion that that little sign does say that calf testicles are 2 euro. Testicoli vitello! If it helps, I don’t think those are veins – they look like seminiferous tubules. Does that make them any more palatable? No?

    I hope no one ever challenges me to use testicles as an ingredient in my baking. I’ve been challenged with some weird things, but I’m not sure I could do anything but fail horribly with that one…

    Also, I want that dog. Even though it probably requires grooming every 5 minutes.

  2. Lauren

    “They’re not testicles.”

    >.>

  3. Lisa (bakebikeblog)

    oooh I love these photos!! I must go back and re-live my Europe trip through my photos sometime soon! Seems like so long ago that I was wandering and eating my way through Europe! And it seems like it will be a long time before we do it again *sigh*

  4. whisperinggums

    Ask a librarian! I believe it is Santa Maria Novella.

  5. whisperinggums

    I thought they were felafel … whatever they are, they look very nice on that plate. I look forward to hearing about this am’s cooking adventure.

  6. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    Sorry Hannah they definitely look like testicles! But in good news, they aren’t human testicles 😉

  7. croquecamille

    Love the moody clouds in the view over Florence. And the Dog of Wonderment. Though I agree, the sync-ed feet are probably the best part.

  8. hungryandfrozen

    I love that dog, and the synchronised feet, and the jaunty police, and even the dubious meats, and the expression “lordy-pie” – I want to go back to Florence!

    Those street performers can stay home though. I did see some clever ones while travelling round but on the whole they looked sad and tired and made me a bit nervous.

  9. Louise

    Oh dear, I believe Jess is correct there after all her squinting. I did a bit of squinting too, but hadn’t even thought of testicles (not something I usually equate with meat), I did notice that the rest of the bits were very offal-ish (also something I don’t equate with meat). You may laugh but tonight we downloaded the Masterchef episode in Paris- I really, really haven’t come to terms with being back in Australia. Anyway during that Marion made some chicken and truffle stuffed in chicken skin, and I wondered if it was something like that. Then I read Jess’s interpretation, googled an image of cow testicles, and then had to squint again. Oh dear, definitely testes. I saw more anatomy than I care to see in a Peruvian market (WARNING not for the squeamish, and strangely enough the cow testicles aren’t the worst thing)

    http://www.gangofpour.com/kerr/peru/market.html

  10. Simply Life

    I love those view – gorgeous!

  11. thehungryscholar

    I love men in uniform. Thanks for the pictures. I feel like a traveler!

  12. Jess: cheshirekitykat

    Those are indeed testicles.. I saw the same ones at the indoor market…Probably the exact same ones.. god knows how horribly they sell. And is the picture of that church across from the train station? Would that be the Santa Maria Novella, which the station is named after? I have a picture of that building somewhere… And the cupid? I have a picture of him molesting some curly haired woman. 😛 Which days were you there?

  13. Amber Shea @Almost Vegan

    Hehe, I love your story of the leg cross’d lovers!

    Aww, you made a recipe of mine! I don’t even care if you substituted the hell out of it and didn’t even like the final product—I’m still tickled and honored 😀 😀 😀

  14. goddessvaala

    Have I seen 1, 2 and 3? I do have a terrible memory so I probably have but it’s been a while.

    You know, the front of that building looks unreal, like I’m looking at an artwork rather than a photo. And if you hadn’t mentioned testicles I wouldn’t have even looked twice. Now my breakfast feels a little shaky in my stomach! I’ll just go back to looking at Italian police. That should help.

  15. theresa

    I have no idea what that building is, but it is very cool. What a pretty facade. Also, they do look like testicles (having never actually seen testicles out of context… ie skin), but my, what big testicles they are!

  16. Hannah

    Jess: Darnit, I knew they were. I orginally had a different caption about my thoughts on edible testicles, but my housemate thought that maybe they were some other part of anatomy, so I changed it. And… I hereby challenge you to cook testicles! 😉

    Lauren: I knew I could count on you.

    Lisa: But from another perspective, time flies so quickly these days that maybe you’ll be back in Europe before you know it?

    Whisperinggums: Thank you! You’re right, the reason I got so confused is that I was sure this church was in a different part of Florence, so I was poring over the wrong sections of the map! And I’ll certainly post the baking adventure soon 🙂

    Lorraine: Well, they could be from a really *big* human…?!

    Camille: In my story, the Dog of Wonderment doesn’t even shed. It’s the best dog ever!

    HungryandFrozen: That’s really just you trying to say that you love me, right? Right? … I know what you mean about the street performers. I still feel uncomfortable around buskers on the street.

  17. Hannah

    Louise: No laughing here! That Paris episode made my heart go flip-flop. And you’re right – the baby llama heads are far worse 🙁

    Simply Life: Thanks!

    TheHungryScholar: Doesn’t hurt that they were young policemen, does it? 😉

    Jess: Yes, you’re right! The reason I couldn’t figure it out is I thought I took that photo on a different day, when I was nowhere near the station. This is what happens when you post months later! I was in Florence from the end of March to the 8th of April – what about you?

    Amber: I’m determined to try it again and do it properly this time, but before that I *really* want to make the cheezecakes you did recently. Then you shall get to feel even more tickled.

    Goddess Vaala: Policemen are definitely more worthy breakfast viewing than testicles. And if you haven’t seen the other Florence posts, just click on Florence in the cloud tag on the right sidebar. All for you! 😉

    Theresa: All the better to impregnate you with, my dear? (Okay, that might have been too far. But I couldn’t resist.)

  18. Amber Shea @Almost Vegan

    Yay! Methinks you will like the cheezecake even better. And it’s flax-free! :]

  19. Vaala ◪

    Damn, I logged in with my wordpress account. The goddess bit sounds a bit over the top (although sometimes I’m sure I deserve to be a goddess…though today would not be one of those days)!

  20. Hannah

    Amber: I almost always like cheezecake better. Particularly when it’s made by my American soul-friend who just magically showed up on my doorstep after a 30 hour flight…?

    Vaala: Not at all, I think your subconscious decided you needed a bit of external self-esteen boosting, and I’m more than happy to be here as your goddess-calling friend-in-need 🙂

  21. Conor @ HoldtheBeef

    Mmmmmmmmm nothing like a tray of veiny testicles to start your day. With a chaser of liver. All washed down with that fabulous Italian beverage Beverly (if you are unfamiliar with the wonders of Beverly, check out this collection of Beverly victim photos http://www.flickr.com/groups/beverly_soda/)

  22. Hannah

    Conor: Now THAT’S real Iron Man food – none of this namby-pamby Nutrigrain business. But what, pray tell, does Beverly taste like?

  23. rachelsmusicalkitchen

    Aww, or vice versa! I could prepare a veritable buffet of cheezecakes for my Australian soulmate!

  24. Amber Shea @Almost Vegan

    Oh my! My friend Rachel was the last to log in to my WordPress…that was me, incognito ;}

  25. Hannah

    Amber/Rachel: That made me giggle. I started thinking you had an alternate identity you were hiding from everyone! Buffet of mini cheezecakes? Darn, why am I not doing my PhD in Kansas City?!

  26. Amber Shea @Almost Vegan

    THAT is a very valid question. Why AREN’T you, eh?
    You should look into whether KU (University of Kansas, mea alma mater, 30 min from KC) offers the PhD you seek…

  27. Hannah

    Too bad I’ve already got tutoring (TA) work, and office, and a scholarship at ANU… and then there’s that whole pesky business of no US visa…

  28. Jess: cheshirekitykat

    I was in Europe from March 25-April 3rd… Started out in Germany, then spent a few days at a friend’s house in Switzerland. Took the train down to Florence on Monday, and a plane out of Rome on Friday. 🙂 I wish I could have stayed longer and traveled a bit more! We were only about an hour from France when I stayed in Switzerland. Would have loved to have seen a bit of France. 🙂

  29. Hannah

    Jess: I know exactly how you feel about wishing you could’ve stayed longer – and I was travelling for four months! 😀 I spent two and a half weeks in Paris and it wasn’t enough… and just like you, I definitely want to go back and explore more of France. And Italy. And Austria. And Spain. And, oh, everywhere…

  30. Johanna

    hurrah for cute police uniforms (and your hilarious illegal activity) and close eyes to gross butcher’s display – too many memories of my mum giving my dad and brother bull’s penis soup just before I went vegetarian!

    I remember waiting for a long time for a bus by the building at the top but never found out its name

  31. Johanna

    hurrah for cute police uniforms (and your hilarious illegal activity) and close eyes to gross butcher’s display – too many memories of my mum giving my dad and brother bull’s penis soup just before I went vegetarian!

    I remember waiting for a long time for a bus by the building at the top but never found out its name

  32. Hannah

    Johanna: You’re kidding, right? Penis soup? My mind boggles, but I’m repressing giggles.

    The building at the top has been identified! It’s the Santa Maria Novella 🙂

  33. Hannah

    Johanna: You’re kidding, right? Penis soup? My mind boggles, but I’m repressing giggles.

    The building at the top has been identified! It’s the Santa Maria Novella 🙂