Of course, you can’t write about Italy without talking about food … 🙂
I feel inspired to collect all local vegan recipes, bundle them into a booklet and make them available each season in my (writing) house. Just like I turned the recipes of my Mallorcan writing week into a ‘writer’s cook book‘. So if you come to Puglia in May or September, you could go on a ‘fig holiday’ and find all the recipes for the fruits and vegetables that are seasonally available on the land. In October there are almonds and a month later olives. From April to November it is a party every month! 🙂
Why vegan? There are already enough recipe books with meat and cheese. However, the less affluent farming population often ate vegetables because they were abundantly available and therefore cheaper. Puglia should be a ‘heaven’ for vegans and I want to put more focus on this. Read about my 30 day vegan challenge.
In Bari there is a street with stalls where local women offer their homemade pasta. The perfect instagram spot! There is a fantastic back story about the ‘Pasta mafia’: a local restaurant was fined for serving this ‘illegal pasta’ whose origin (according to EU rules) could not be traced. The three kilos of pasta were destroyed by the inspectors. So sad.
“A specialist is someone who wants to know more about less and less, until at the end he knows almost everything about almost nothing.”
I have found someone who has made a real study of his search for the perfect dough for the pizza base. The perfect pizza dough