Adventures in the Pugliese Kitchen

Day 15:

Last full day of this absolutely incredible vacation. Today we venture even further south, to Gallipoli. Gallipoli is a coastal town in Apulia, southern Italy. The historic center, on an island off the mainland, shelters churches like St. Agatha’s Cathedral, with its ornate facade. Nearby, the Church of St. Mary of Purity has a maiolica tiled floor. Gallipoli Castle includes the Rivellino tower, standing apart from the main building. Across the bridge, on the mainland, is the Greek Fountain, dating from the Renaissance.

We meet for a day of cooking with Anna Maria.

We go to the market to select the ingredients for our class and then proceed straight to the kitchen for a hands-on cooking lesson. I’m in heaven. Here our new friend shares the secrets for preparing some of Puglia’s most beloved dishes.

We prepare a dessert with custard which is a traditional salento cake. This has to sit and chill before going into the oven.

We cut up zucchini and cherry tomatoes for our antipasto. The zucchini sautes in a pan of garlic and olive oil.

Natalie loves fresh zucchini.

The calamari and tomatoes for our appetizer.

We mix semolina flour and water together and roll our dough into a ball where it will rest

Once rested we roll and cut into orecchiette.

Dessert out of the oven.

Now that the meal is prepared it is time to enjoy the fruits of our labor.

Fresh pasta with cherry tomatoes and olive oil.

We sit together to enjoy our beautiful meal and some outstanding local wines to accompany our lunch. Buon Appetito!!!

Love and light,

Jeanine on the Scene

Panzano/Le Bocce Winey

Day two:

My active walking culinary adventure starts in Castelvecchi along strade bianche to the ridgetop town of Panzano.  Panzano’s artisan boutiques and enoteche (wine shops) summon me in before I hit the trail to Le Bocce Winery.  The incredible selections of medieval spices at the Macelleria Cecchini (considered the best butcher shop in the region) have me dreaming of barbequing a juicy rib eye steak.
From here we walk to Fattoria Le Bocce where we tour the grounds, wine taste and enjoy a picnic lunch overlooking the vineyard.  This family owned winery is housed in a former convent surrounded by 175 acres of vineyards and olive groves.  This is a special visit as this winery is not open to the public but exclusively to Backroads guests.  If you are an outdoor active venturer in hiking, biking, swimming or just enjoy the great outdoors please visit www.Backroads.com.

After our wine tasting we continue our hike, taking in the beautiful Chianti Countryside through densely shaded oak forests and cypress trees.  The smell of the earth, the trees; the manicured olive orchards. Inhale a deep breath of mother nature and let it linger in your mind and body; a true feeling of being grounded with God’s gifts.

That evening we enjoyed a lively pizza-making demonstration with Ciro and Umberto as we summon our inner pizzaiolo (pizza chef).

Hiking options: Panzano Route: 4.7 miles; Le Bocce Route: 5.7 miles: Panzano Loop: 8 miles.

Love & Light,

Jeanine On The Scene

 

Success

Success does not come from what you do occasionally; it comes from what you do consistently.

I started an online program last week with Marie Forleo called B School. If you are not familiar with her, she has a you tube called  “Marie TV”.  She is an entrepreneur, writer, and philanthropist.  She is a very very successful woman.  Any one of us can aspire to be  her if we have the drive to do so.  The school is about this: becoming a leader in your business, your life, and most importantly, in the world. So I have started my journey through her program and thought this is a good topic to blog about.  Hope this gives you a new perspective and a push on whatever journey you are on in your life.

This is about committing to one goal.  Just one and sticking with it.  About completing a task big or small.  Whether it is less tv or starting a new exercise program or maybe you want to start up a new business.  This is about setting guidelines in your life, whether personal or business and following through with those. So today I took a look at myself and realized that my fear was in my way of executing even one plan. See I am a multi-tasker.  I have so many projects started, so many books I am reading, so so many notes in multiple journals for self help and awareness and becoming more spiritual.  Sound familiar to you? So today is day one of taking action.  Action for my life, for my well being, for my happiness.  I am already utilizing action based learning but was holding myself back from the possibilities.  So today I take action by de-clutting my office, my home, my life; a little bit at a time to bring balance and love back into alignment. Take action today for your life and watch the miracles pour in that you manifest for yourself.

Love and Light,

Jeanineonthescene

 

Be Happy

I came across this company called 3☀️A that makes re-cycled shirts out of plastic bottles. I purchased my first shirt off an add on instagram and I loved it!.  It is so soft and washed well so I decided to go shopping this morning for a few more things.  They have the cutest shirts, logos, hats etc. and are reasonable.  I wanted to share part of their mission statement as it emanated with me because I too am a beach lover.

We ❤️  the beach.  It’s a lifestyle; an attitude. It’s that happy place we all dream of when we need to unwind, unplug and celebrate life.  Live the life you’ve imagined!

“GO CONFIDENTLY IN THE DIRECTION OF YOUR DREAMS! LIVE THE LIFE YOU’VE IMAGINED. AS YOU SIMPLIFY YOUR LIFE, THE LAWS OF THE UNIVERSE WILL BE SIMPLER.”

Happy Wednesday.  Love and Light,

J9

 

Journeys of life

Journey of Life
Its your life, step into your journey

We live our lives never really living until someday something comes along that changes the course.  But choosing to live your life; the one that God planned for you is different than just living.
When you open your mind and heart to observe the world around you, changes will occur. The universe is open to suggestion and we have the power to control the outcome. Make a change, start new, pick a challenge, make a plan, write it down.  Its yours for the taking.  Enjoy your sunday!

Love and Light,

J9