Saturday, May 08, 2010

May Day weekend in Puglia

I went out to Italy to retrieve Mary after her month long sabbatical in the sun. The Friday I spent painting the bathroom and on Saturday we had our long overdue house warming.

the forno a legno (wood burning oven) fired up for the first time
The inaugural firing up of our pizza oven.

I always said that I would feel I really owned Trullo Azzurro when I had cooked my first pizza in the oven. Well foccacia is good enough for me. I had to use a formidable quantity of olive tree prunings to get the thing up to heat. Some of that was because it has not been used for years and a lot of moisture needed to be driven out.

Mary's home made foccacia ready to go it the oven
Mary's home made foccacia ready to go it the oven

Not only did it come out well it was so tasty that Zia, who taught us how to make it, went back for a second slice.

Friends and neighbours round for lunch
Friends and neighbours round for lunch

We have had people round for supper before but consider this our house warming event. A proper Italian style gathering of our neighbours - eleven people round the table They left about six hours later after much laughter and good company. Also I may have had a glass of wine (hic).

Trullo Azzurro logoTrullo Azzurro: beautifully restored trullo in delightful, secluded valley near Locorotondo, Puglia, Italy. Available to rent on a per week basis, sleeps 4-6. For more information visit

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