Family Cooking.

Sorry for the little break, but I died and went to foodie heaven. The dying part was trying to deal with the Italian Train system, which was not really all that bad.

Foodie heaven, as it turns out, is in Puglia, specifically in my cousins’ house.

I think that I had lost weight in my two weeks in Rome, but in two days with the family, I am pretty sure I gained it back with change.

This was the first meal I had with them, on Friday evening. Traditionally, supper is the smaller meal.

The pizza was fantastic and so was the bruschetta before.
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However, the first real was the next day for lunch. This was a real traditional, full Italian meal.

We started with the antipasti.
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And then promptly moved on to the lasagna.
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Which was followed by the meat and potatoes.
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Naturally everything was accompanied by wine.
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Which was homemade and kept downstairs in big vats:
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And, of course, the meal was followed by some peanuts, hazelnuts and various fruits.
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And also tiramisú.
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And, naturally, coffee.
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Supper was light, at least in theory. Just a spread of some cold meats and cheeses.
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That is, until the leftover lasagna (still delicious) came out. Along with the last of the pizza, and then followed by fruit, nuts, tiramisú and coffee.

Sunday’s dinner (lunch) was also fantastic, and gigantic.
We had tagliatelli with Bolognese sauce:
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and afterwards (two servings for me) we had meatballs and sausage, which had been cooked in the sauce and then removed before we ate, along with a salad.
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And of course, this was followed by the usual nuts, fruits, tiramisú and coffee.

Aside from being delicious, however, what made this foodie heaven was the source of all the food.

You have probably heard of the ‘100 mile diet’ and other such things promoting fresh local food. Well this had them all beat. They grew everything (except for possibly the bananas and apples, but definitely the other fruits.)

I am not just talking about the fruits and vegetables here. I was constantly reminded that the various meats were from animals they raised, including a pig every year, lots of chickens, and a whole mess of rabbits. By the way, this mix of meats makes a great ragú. I think it is the rabbit.

Anyway, here are a bunch of pictures of the farm.
Grano (I think this means wheat, anyway it is some sort of grain).
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Some other stuff:
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Various fruit trees, figs, pears, sweet and sour cherries, and olives.
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Also the basement where the homemade wine, cheese, olive oil, and much more live:
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Breakfast was the only simple meal of the day. Just some coffee, and biscotti and also some fruit.

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