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Pane di Altamura, the Italian bread of Puglia

Pane di Altamura, the Italian bread of Puglia

February 14th, 2014

    Italian bread, maybe the most famous one is the one of Puglia; the "Pane di Altamura ". Of course because it is so delicious, but also because of its specific shape.     During my trip to Puglia I have visited Altamura and the[...]

International Day of Italian Cuisine IDIC 2014

International Day of Italian Cuisine IDIC 2014

January 9th, 2014

    January 17th has been declared the International Day of Italian cuisine. Actually, for me it is (almost) every day of course, but that's not for everyone the same.;)     The IDIC (International Day of Italian Cuisin) was proclaimed by the Itcefs. A[...]

Marmellata di Cipolla di Acquaviva, a delicious onion marmalade

Marmellata di Cipolla di Acquaviva, a delicious onion marmalade

December 22nd, 2013

    Marmellata di Cipolla di Acquaviva is a delicious onion marmalade prepared with the sweet red onions from Acquaviva delle Fonti . A town in the province of Bari in Puglia . The onion is a special kind that only grows around[...]

Cooking Experience in Lecce, a cooking class with Gianna !

Cooking Experience in Lecce, a cooking class with Gianna !

December 12th, 2013

    A cooking class in Puglia was written on my wish list since a while. On my last visit to Puglia, I finally realized this wish. A real traditional cooking workshop at the cooking school Cooking Experience.     I knew Gianna the owner[...]

Happy Terra Madre Day - celebrate local food !

Happy Terra Madre Day - celebrate local food !

December 10th, 2013

    Today is the Terra Madre Day. This is a worldwide celebration of local food . This celebration is held every year on December 10.     On this day, the SLOW FOOD's anniversary, food communities, Slow Food convivia, food groups in more then[...]

In partenza per Puglia: ready for another exciting trip to Puglia

In partenza per Puglia: ready for another exciting trip to Puglia

November 6th, 2013

    The program for my new trip to Puglia is ready. A week long working and enjoying this beautiful region of Italy . This time I don't go alone, my Dutch friend Lisanne and her husband Peter are coming too. After all[...]

Wine festival for St. Martin's day at Tenute Rubino: tasting the Vino Novello

Wine festival for St. Martin's day at Tenute Rubino: tasting the Vino Novello

November 3rd, 2013

    In my previous blog "San Martino in Puglia", I wrote about the history and traditions of this feast and the wine festivals which are organized for this occasion. One of the most important wineries in Puglia, Tenute Rubino from Brindisi, has[...]

St. Martin and its traditions in Puglia: La festa di San Martino

St. Martin and its traditions in Puglia: La festa di San Martino

October 29th, 2013

  San Martino, the feast of St. Martin is celebrated throughout Italy but especially in Puglia this day is an important event. San Martino is celebrated November the 11th and is the celebration of "Saint Martin of Tours" .     A brief history,[...]

Spring in Puglia; Let's go biking ...

Spring in Puglia; Let's go biking ...

March 25th, 2013

    Puglia is a perfect place to be for its delicious food, as well as a wonderful region of Italy to visit. Puglia is beautiful the whole year round, but particularly in Spring when it is full of colors, with nice temperatures[...]

It's olive harvest time in Puglia !

It's olive harvest time in Puglia !

November 14th, 2012

      Giovanni Lanzilotti started the olive harvest, like each year in November. The harvesting lasts until the end of December.     The olive harvest is done with a "Scuotitore", a shaker. Giovanni Lanzilotti told me that he is the only one that manages[...]

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The taste, colors and music of Puglia

May 23rd, 2012

      S.O.G.N.O. participated at the Italian Exhibition in the Netherlands at Kasteel De Haar. 3 days of Puglia and Salento..tasting the delicious specialties, looking and talking about Puglia and Salento and listening to and dancing on the traditional music. For those who don't[...]

La Serenata; it still exists!!!

La Serenata; it still exists!!!

February 3rd, 2012

  A real serenade under the balcony, like Romeo and Juliet ... as the serenade arranged by Anthony Quinn in the film "A walk in the clouds "... still exists! In Southern Italy these serenades are still organized .... mostly in the[...]

Il Carnevale di Putignano; one of the oldest in Europe!

Il Carnevale di Putignano; one of the oldest in Europe!

January 24th, 2012

    The carnival has started. The most famous carnivals in Italy are of course the Carnival in Venezia with the beautiful masks and the Carnival in Viareggio with the impressive parades. What a lot of people do not know is that one[...]

The traditional event

The traditional event "La Focara di Novoli"

January 15th, 2012

  In my good resolutions for 2012, I said that, besides recipes, I would blog more about Puglia as well as its traditions and events. So here I go... One of the most important events taking place in Puglia this month, is[...]

All you need to know about Olive Oil !

All you need to know about Olive Oil !

January 10th, 2012

ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT OLIVE OIL... Olive Oil is like wine with a large variety in flavours and qualities. Therefore it isn't always easy to choose a good, authentic, high quality oil. To make a good choice it is[...]

Facciamo un brindisi....Let's make a toast...

Facciamo un brindisi....Let's make a toast...

October 24th, 2011

"Fare un brindisi", the Italian way of saying "Let's make a toast". Where does this expression come from? There are two different explanations. Some say it comes from the German "Bring dir's", but the explanation I like most is that is[...]

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Frisellina Party!

June 12th, 2011

J'ai commencé les préparatifs pour la Frisellina Party. Vendredi j'ai organisé une petite fête pour mes amis français dans mon jardin. Des frisellines et autre "stuzzichini" italiens, musique et bonne compagnie. Et si il pleut, pas de problème... on va[...]

Lanzilotti has got a precious recognition!

Lanzilotti has got a precious recognition!

May 13th, 2011

Lanzolotti has got a precious recognition of quality. The "Gambero Rosso Food" guide has selected the best Italian Extra Virgin Olive Oils and Lanzilotti's Extra Virgin Olive Oil DOP Collina di Brindisi has been awarded with "2 foglie". The Olive[...]

 

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Puglia with Salento (as the most southern part) is the region in the South of Italy where I get my products!