|One of the Quirky Furniture Pieces at the Masseria!|
I’ve just finished breakfast and in anticipation of my next cookery lesson later today. Breakfast at the Masseria is always a delight, lots of fresh fruit from the farm, croissants etc. Along with the above, a beautiful slice of delicate apple cake was had this morning, and a thin blackcurrant tart, all home made and washed down with fresh orange juice and tea with lemon.
Yesterday was day three of the trip and included a visit to Martina Franca the second most populated town in the province of Taranto, in Puglia. There is some amazing Baroque architecture in Martina Franca, and my ‘hippy chick’ guide Veronica did a great job explaining the importance and relevance of various building and how the town was fortified on a hilltop.
|The Entrance to the Old Town Of Martina Franca|
|Produce you can only dream of!|
|We need this in the UK!|
|The Beautiful Risotto….|
There were only three more courses to go at this stage and the mention of a marathon bought laughter in the room.
I was sat next to a German couple who had just arrived and as their English was very good (compared to my German which could be described as ropey), we were able to have some really good conversation as the food flowed. The communial nature of the Masseria enables you to interact with people from other countries in a way that would not happen on a typical holiday, which I really enjoy. There was another group from Belgium which I joined later after the food had come to a halt.
The next course had been cooking since 2 o’clock that afternoon and was sublime, braised Veal cheeks, served with some simple roasted potato and a Soffritto (onion, celery and carrot). The meat was very tender and delicate, and the portion size was just right (after the previous courses I was about to burst!). The sauce was a reduced Primitivo red wine, typical of Puglia.
|Braised Veal Cheeks…….Delicious|
Dessert was a beautiful cake similar to the one I made earlier in the week and lots of fresh fruit, Oh, and the ubiquitous Grappa or Limoncello to finish things of.
We started at 8:30 and finished at about 12:30, the perfect end to another beautiful day at Masseria Montenapoleone