18 Jul 2013

Italy: food and drink


We're always happy to see my husband's family when we arrive in his home village and very grateful for
everything they do for us when we're not there; the necessary paperwork involved with owning an Italian property, looking after the vines and the house etc.  As well as milk, there was fresh produce awaiting us and some wine from last year's grape harvest. Together with store cupboard provisions we're able to eat well.
Next day we went to our nephew's delicatessen in the village for lunch supplies.  He specialises in local and regional produce.





There are plenty of varieties of cooked meats, cheeses, olives, pastas, biscuits, as well as regional wines to choose from to supplement the mainly self-sufficient diet of the locals and for us there's nothing better than a lunch of bread (ciabatta), cheese (provolone, ricotta), fruit from the garden and our own wine or water. (We drink mineral water or get fresh drinking water from the fountains near the monastery in the high mountains which is located near the water source).


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  1. Well it certainly looks like you eat well whilst you're over there. How lovely to arrive to such a delicious food hamper.

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    1. Not only that, but one of my sisters-in-law cares for the house so nothing much to do except tackle the jobs in the garden.

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  2. i enlarged all the pics and you did indeed eat well. i like that stone fence with the water fountain...you are blessed to have family there to help out

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    1. It is indeed a blessing to have such a close and caring family.

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  3. Oh my gosh, this sounds so idyllic. What a thoughtful family and your nephew's deli looks wonderful. I can't think of a better meal either.

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    1. The delicatessen is also a fun way to shop and try local specialities.

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  4. Wow.... That is neat, Linda... Bet it was nice having those little 'items' waiting for you to get to Italy. That is so special... AND--I would love that deli (and want one of everything)... ha... Looks like your nephew has a great business.... I'd also love that special water.... Sounds like a fabulous place!!!!!

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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    1. Thankfully the nephew's deli business is doing well.

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  5. The deli looks filled with mouth watering foods. The bread especially looks yummy.

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    1. Fresh bread rolls and cheese for home lunch or taken on a picnic is a favourite choice.

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  6. You truly are blessed, I'd love to visit Italy!
    Do you speak Italian? I'm guessing your husband does? So I bet that helps out a lot.
    Tammy

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    1. Yes, I do speak standard Italian, Tammy. When it comes to the local dialect spoken my older members of the community I have to listen very carefully, although I've probably absorbed words and phrases naturally over the years.

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  7. It all sounds wonderful. Just the kind of food I like, bread, cheese and fresh fruit especially on very warm days out in the garden:)

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    1. Nothing better, Rosie!

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  8. Linda, I can't tell you how green I am now after reading your post. It all sounds just wonderful.
    Patricia x

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    1. Thank you Patricia for dropping by. Hope you're enjoying the sunny weather here in the UK!

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  9. Oh my....sighs I....how wonderful everything looks. A delightful post!xxxx

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  10. The food and market, plus getting the water at the monastery. What a treat!
    How lovely to have family to watch over your place when you are away.

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  11. What a wonderful welcome to find when you arrive at your Italian home, Linda. The very taste and smell ofn Italy seems to radiate from your photos. Mmmm..... You are very fortunate to have family happy to help care for your house and garden.

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  12. How very thoughtful of your in-laws. And what a lovely shop. Perputua is so right - you really do give us such a wonderful impression of Italy!

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