Ominous Sky – a day for Soup and Writing!

I took this photo at around 7:30 this morning while drinking my cappuccino. It made me think of soup. Our very favorite soup is Pasta Fagioli. The beans and veggies and garlic are simmering, and already smelling good.
Now what to do while they cook? Write! Many of you may not know I’m a writer, not a great writer, but practice makes perfect, and it’s a hobby I enjoy. I have a couple of self published books, ghost stories, as well as a children’s book, and now I’m working on a book about my move to Italy. It’s a little tearful at times, but also full of laughs. I posted my first snipped of my new project on my other blog https://wordsfrombeyond.wordpress.com/2022/01/20/escaping-trumps-america/

It usually takes me about a year to write a book, but you can check in and share my adventures for free if you like. It was quite the ride.


A Taste of Abruzzo – Oh what a Lunch!

Rinascita Lancianese in Lanciano is our favorite Cantina. I don’t think they make a wine we don’t like. Alessandro, my Italian friend/language coach introduced us to this cantina because it’s run by a very good friend of his! On Sunday we attended a wine/food tasting event at Rinascita Lancianese and it was wonderful. OMG the pork!
The mouth watering dishes above don’t include dessert. We drank their white sparkling wine, Trebbiano and a wonderful Merlot. It was organized for expats. Australians, Americans and Brits. There were 20 of us and we had a blast.
Did I mention the pork?

Italian Food and Festa’s

Lester and I celebrated our first Ferragosto in Rimini in 1983. We had no idea what it was, but when our hotel invited us to join them for a lunch time celebration, we willingly accepted. It lasted for three or four hours. We had no prior warning about the amount of food we’d be served, so didn’t pace ourselves. I think there were seven courses in all!

Today we celebrated Ferragosto in our favorite restaurant, La Collinetta, in Montazzoli. We arrived at 1pm and left at 6pm. I don’t think I’ll be eating again for a while.

Why is Ferragosto celebrated?
Today the Christian tradition celebrates the Assumption of Mary, but the name of the feast and the fact that it falls on August 15th depends on a Roman holiday. Ferragosto , that is, August 15, is a religious national holiday which, in the Christian tr
adition, celebrates the Assumption of Mary into heaven.

Songs of Summer (Canzoni d’estate)

Summer days run into evenings filled with fun, food and lots of singing and laughter. Every year this young gentleman hosts a party for his American/Italian friends who return to Colledimezzo for the summer. Look at the size of that pasta pan. Most of these youngsters left Italy to make their fortune in America many years ago, but still maintain their homes in the village.
Now they are retired, but return to enjoy the summer tranquility of Abruzzo (and the parties).

So lucky to be included in this group. Last night there were around thirty of us. We heard fantastic stories as folks reminisced. The food was fabulous, the laughter genuine, and the accordion player set the atmosphere.

Can’t wait to do it again.

Food Glorious Food

When we first moved to Abruzzo I wasted so much food. I’d shop as I used to in the US…carefully converting pounds and ounces to kilos and grams, but I still ended up with way too much food. Yes, I made mistakes with the conversion sometimes, but we also received so many impromptu lunch and dinner invitations. As well as home cooked meals, we’d be taken to favorite local restaurants. The food I bought would sit in the fridge unused. I’ve learned my lesson now. I no longer shop for the week, but buy fresh every two or three days.

Food is a way of life here and conversation revolves around family, food and football.

Hope you enjoy my little insights into “retirement in Abruzzo”

Thanks for stopping by, and say safe.

Lazy Hazy Sunday!

This morning started bright and sunny so we decided to go ahead with our plans to visit Ortona. Beautiful drive, but by the time we got there it was spotting with rain. Not enough to wet us, and it was still warm, so we enjoyed our walk overlooking the Adriatic. Plan was to stop for lunch, but…there was no room at the Inn. Everywhere was fully booked. Of course there is only outside seating at the moment, so it’s difficult for both restaurants and diners. We enjoyed our walk anyway and headed back to the car.
On the way home we stopped off at a restaurant called “La Scogliera”, (the Cliff) which is just before San Vito and timed it just right. We were shown to a table for two, but after we arrived folks just kept showing up, and being turned away. Busy day!
The food was amazing! I was the DD and drank sparkling water, but my dear husband had two big glasses of wine, and a silly grin on his face.
I’m enjoying my glass of wine right now.
Saluti!

Olives and Friends

Have you ever seen Olive Oil look this good? I certainly haven’t! This olive oil was freshly pressed by our friends Nino and Vittoria and given to me as a gift this evening.
“This is not for cooking. It is to enjoy with a little salt and crusty bread.”
My husband could live on bread and olive oil, and I’m sure this will be the best he’s ever tasted. I’ll let you know.
I’ve lived in Colledimezzo for almost two months and I never cease to be amazed by the kindness and generosity of my neighbors. In the short time we’ve been here we’ve made so many friends. Perfect place to live, perfect place to retire. I miss my daughter of course, can’t wait until she’s able to visit.