Our host mother is an heiress of old mansions located in the heart of Tuscany. On our first night we had dinner at her other house, located higher in the hills with an incredible sunset view. We had a wide range of antipasti: fresh tomatoes with mozzarella, bruschetta, with tzaskiki, with mascarpone dipped in toasted walnuts, with mushrooms and capers, salami and prosciutto, spaghetti with homemade basil and pine nut pesto, penne with vegetable ragu sauce. For dessert? Just a casual chocolate flan with whipped cream and peaches cooked with amaretti…
This week, my class have written a show about the Oscars and Michael Jackson being mysteriously killed by a crazy doctor.
We have been adopted by the host family of one of the other tutors. The mother invites us over for dinner every evening and is a great cook. Last night she made barbecued steak, salad and grilled courgettes and aubergines. For dessert we had something she devised herself. A tiramisu inspired dessert, except with fresh pineapple, cherries, biscuits dipped in pineapple syrup and layered with mascarpone and yoghurt. Buonissima.
|Elizabeth at dinner|
|Rocket, sfilacci di equino and parmesan salad|
Last week we worked in Mamoiarda, a small village with only 1500 inhabitants. The camp was in the mountains, in a place called Sarkozimo which is like a church surrounded by small apartments.
|A lemon drizzle cake I made|
Evening tastings included salami, fresh focaccia, seafood spaghetti, sea bream with grilled courgettes and aubergines, broken chunks of parmiggiano reggiano, seven different types of gelato served with garden fruit salad of peaches, pears and plums all served up with a wide range of dry white, sweet white and bubbly white wine with homemade amaretto liqueur to help to digestion process. Casual.