Monthly Archives: July 2013

Little Red Tomato

To market today and the veg area was teeming with tomatoes ( pomodori) in case after case. This week is salsa week when Pugliese families make their years supply of passata the tomato sauce that forms the base of almost … Continue reading

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Mothers/Lovers

We sat yesterday on the beach with three 19 year old girls and a couple of Italian mothers  and as we ate our focaccia I told them about the book by Eric Newby I was reading  (Amazon.it launched Kindle this … Continue reading

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Umbrella Mice and Budgie Smugglers

Hottest day of the year 41C ( 105F) but the heatwave is not expected to last past tomorrow when we return to normal summer days. Still we were on a mercy food drop this morning down to the beach. A … Continue reading

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Frise the Puglia Snack

We are having a mini heatwave for 4 days. Today 39C (103F) and tomorrow hotter so any thoughts of work around the house quickly evaporated ( literally). Instead I settled down with an Eric Newby book called A Small House … Continue reading

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Ceglie Messapica Market

Normally I go to Martina Franca market on Wednesdays when I need bits but I was busy having an haircut in Villa Castelli last Wednesday so missed it. Saturday is market day in Ceglie Messapica ( Cheleay mess a ( … Continue reading

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Back Every Afternoon

One of the bars we use is alongside a petrol station owned by the same people.  The bar staff who are all part of the same family sit inside the bar whilst in summer all the regulars sit outside at … Continue reading

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Festa Season Starts

It is clearly that time again as the various churches around this area start to get ready for their festa. The area around Martina, Villa Castelli, Ceglie, Cisternino has lots of small  (we are talking tiny here) churches that were … Continue reading

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