Author: Ylenia Sambati

Be a Local, Not Simply a Traveler: Passata Making in a Southern Puglia Village

Once in a Lifetime Authentic Pugila Experiences Making Passata in a Salento village with locals– End of August Spring and Summer are magic times of the year in the Puglia area. If you get the chance to stroll (and eventually get lost) in the many little villages of the area your senses will be captured by the smells and colors all around: the spectacular nature, the white little houses, the older folks gathering in small groups out of the bars in the main “piazza”, the smell of fresh tomatoes and basil coming from the kitchens. . The countryside is in summer a wonderful set where many beautiful things happen: the fruits of nature are daily picked up early in the morning (la raccolta) and put into wooden boxes to shop at the closest food market or by grocers you easily find in every corner of the streets. . There is a unique experience in the Salento (southern part of Puglia) that I highly recommend if you visit Puglia by the end of August. In late summer, women and men of any age in little villages make the tomato sauce (passata di pomodoro) they will be eating all year long. Hundreds of bottles of a very tasteful passata (nothing doing with the one you find at the supermarket) they make for families and friends, because eating healthy and genuine in...

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A Cooking Class in Puglia

Spring and Summer are wonderful times to visit Puglia, the new popular destination in international tourism in the south of Italy. This region is characterised to a large extent of Baroque architecture, centenarian olive groves, a myriad of nice little villages (where it is possible to experience the local traditions and culture), a beautiful coastline going from the Adriatic to the Ionian sea, magical atmosphere and warm local people. . Puglia offers an incredible variety of food and wine. This is the southern region of the “cucina povera” (peasant cooking), based on natural, genuine ingredients, like vegetables, legumes and lot of seafood, olive oil, homemade pasta and bread . Its superb food and wine, make Puglia perfect place for a culinary and wine vacation. . Vegetables in this area are the basis of any meal. Row or cooked, they are always considered an important part of the meal and in some cases wild vegetables are used to make simple and tasty recipes of the rural tradition like wild chicory, spices and cheese. . A cooking class in this area is a once of a lifetime experience. There’s a group of fun and lovely Moms called “Mamme in Cucina” (Mums in the Kitchen) where guests have the opportunity of spending their culinary day with a local mum in her kitchen and have lunch based on their creations with the rest...

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