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.
However, the first real was the next day for lunch. This was a real traditional, full Italian meal.
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.
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.
Breakfast was the only simple meal of the day. Just some coffee, and biscotti and also some fruit.