In between cooking, eating and sight seeing there is enough free time to chill and soak up the sun, swim in the delightful pool, or read a book. I picked up a couple of ‘reads’ before departing , one being the titled ‘Are we nearly there yet’ by Ben Hatch, an absolutely hilarious tale of a family touring around Great Britain writing a commissioned guide about family travel. I have to say I am a decent way through and its a brilliant read, look it up if you fancy something to put a big smile on your face.
This mornings cookery lesson with Anna-Rita was brilliant, and unusually vegetarian. It reads like this;
- Purea Di Fave
- Cornaletti Verdi Fritti
- Zucchine Alla Poverella
- Strascinate alla Rucola Pesto
- Anna-Rita’s Torta al Cioccolate
I have had a go at some vegetarian food, a particular favourite being Melanzane Ripiene, Aubergines stuffed with a Cheese and breadcrumb mixture and baked in a Tomato sauce. I use the recipe from Mike Robinson’s book ‘Wild Flavours’.
Purea Di Fave was part of last nights tasting menu, and absolutely delicious so being shown how to make it today was a real privilege. The end result is a light delicate, but well flavoured puree that is served today with the Cornaletti Verdi Fritti, a dish of sweet peppers in a tomato sauce with a hint of garlic and basil.
|Preparing Cornaletti Verdi Fritti|
|Blitzing the Purea di fave|
Anna-Rita was quite strict about the Purea Di Fave, LEAVE IT ALONE FOR 1 1/2 hours, do NOT touch it. Giuliano the owner got a right telling off after he tried to have a little stir, tut tut.
Once the beans have been cooking for 1 1/2 hours you bring the beans from the side of the saucepan with a spoon to the center GENTLY, creating a mound and add some salt, then continue to simmer for another 30 minutes. Once cooked, add a decent glug of olive oil (not extra virgin), and puree with a hand blender. You need to end up with a really smooth consistency adding more oil if needed.
|Strascinate alla rucola Pesto|
|Anna-Rita’s Torta al Cioccolate|