Here I am again; my blog was having some problems that have finally been resolved. What better way to start blogging again than with a post about food, everyone’s favorite subject? (or at least mine)
When I was on vacation last August we ate well. R’s mother and aunt prepared some scrumptious dishes as usual. I tried to remember to take quick shots of all the dishes I ate, but sometimes I forgot because they were so good I just dug right in.
You may remember the first post about what we ate in Matera last year. Many of the dishes are repeated in this post as well. Everything you see here is vegan too.
Peppers, olives, and capers
Spaghetti with tomato sauce. The sauce was made from homemade tomato salsa.
Breakfast: Matera bread with homemade jam (on left: cherry, on right: black cherry)
Rice with potatoes in tomato broth
A type of stuffed breadstick bought from the bakery. They had different things inside, like olives, rosemary, or tomatoes
One of my favorite dishes: red onions baked with breadcrumbs and capers
Another shot of the same
Potatoes and squash in tomato broth
Some of the different types of focaccia we ate. The one in the upper right corner was stuffed with olives and onions.
Homemade jarred artichokes (left) and eggplant and peppers (right)
My all-time favorite pasta from the vacation: pasta with baked sliced zucchini, breadcrumbs, and peperoncino
The same pasta but on a different day
We had homemade pasta every Sunday. On the top: cazzatelle, on the bottom: cavatelli
More pasta with tomato sauce
Fried potatoes: the way the Italian make these is out of this world.
Chocolate almond cake
Friggitelli: special Italian frying peppers
Fried olives (the top photo shows what they look like fresh, but they’re not good to eat that way.)
Prickly pear cactus fruit
A type of savory pie
Vegetables (cauliflower, mushrooms, beets, and string beans)
Farinata (not a recipe from Southern Italy like everything else, but so good)
Artichoke stromboli (‘Stromboli’ is the word I always used for this kind of rolled dough in the US, although for Italians Stromboli only refers to the island off the coast of Sicily.)
Salad with potatoes, tomatoes, cucumbers, olives, and eggplant
Lots of fresh fruit after meals, and also raw vegetables like cucumbers, carrots, and tomatoes
The famous Pane di Matera (Matera bread)
Wine and homemade limoncello
Stuffed peppers (stuffed with bread and olives)
Potatoes and peppers
Two special kinds of stuffed bread from the area
Homemade lemon granita (water ice)
Pasta with cime di rapa (like broccoli rabe)
I made a contribution: pasta salad with paprika-balsamic vinaigrette, and brownies