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.
Hard work in 32C temperatures and we struggled to find enough shade for everyone
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.
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
so a short post today readers as typing seems quite difficult for some reason !
Still a magical day.