Lunch at Home ( Pranzo a Casa )

We invited the two grandmothers for lunch but of course they have to come with family so in the end 12 people turned up. It is the great thing in Puglia that lunches are huge affairs in terms of numbers and food on offer.

We chose cold meats from the local deli, lasagna Pugliese ( layers of pasta, minced veal in a tomato sauce, cheese and prosciutto) then rabbit cooked in the wood oven and finally fruit.

summer lunch1

Hard work in 32C temperatures and we struggled to find enough shade for everyone

summer lunch 2

 

Le nonne ( grandmothers) were the chief guests and one bought 5 litres of excellent wine made by a man who was her neighbour before she moved to Turin.

Both said grace together and it included a thank you to the cook who had worked so hard to provide the meal which was a lovely touch. We then tucked in and again we were regaled with stories of long ago when Puglia really was a backwater and they lived off what grew on the land around them.

le nonne

Still they look alright on it one is 86 and the other 79. Both had a couple of glasses of wine and swear by its properties. I had a few more and then

Grappa

 

so a short post today readers as typing seems quite difficult for some reason !

Still a magical day.

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About hereinpuglia

Retired to Puglia after some 40 years in the travel industry working for P&O Lines, British Airways, Alamo rent-a-car,Abercrombie&Kent, owner of Quest Tours and Travel and finally with Thomas Cook North America. Married to Geraldine we now have a small house with too much land near the town of Martina Franca in Puglia. Two kids one married and living in Hong Kong and the other single and living in London. No dogs, no cats no animals.
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