What We Ate in Matera: Part 2

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) :-D

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.

Buon appetito!

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Peppers, olives, and capers

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Spaghetti with tomato sauce. The sauce was made from homemade tomato salsa.

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Breakfast: Matera bread with homemade jam (on left: cherry, on right: black cherry)

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Rice with potatoes in tomato broth

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A type of stuffed breadstick bought from the bakery. They had different things inside, like olives, rosemary, or tomatoes

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One of my favorite dishes: red onions baked with breadcrumbs and capers

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Another shot of the same

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Potatoes and squash in tomato broth

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Some of the different types of focaccia we ate. The one in the upper right corner was stuffed with olives and onions.

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Homemade jarred artichokes (left) and eggplant and peppers (right)

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My all-time favorite pasta from the vacation: pasta with baked sliced zucchini, breadcrumbs, and peperoncino

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The same pasta but on a different day

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We had homemade pasta every Sunday. On the top: cazzatelle, on the bottom: cavatelli

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More pasta with tomato sauce

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Fried potatoes: the way the Italian make these is out of this world.

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Chocolate almond cake

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Friggitelli: special Italian frying peppers

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Olives

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Fried olives (the top photo shows what they look like fresh, but they’re not good to eat that way.)

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Prickly pear cactus fruit

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A type of savory pie

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Vegetables (cauliflower, mushrooms, beets, and string beans)

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Farinata (not a recipe from Southern Italy like everything else, but so good)

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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.)

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Salad with potatoes, tomatoes, cucumbers, olives, and eggplant

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Lots of fresh fruit after meals, and also raw vegetables like cucumbers, carrots, and tomatoes

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Bread

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Minestrone

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The famous Pane di Matera (Matera bread)

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Wine and homemade limoncello

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Stuffed peppers (stuffed with bread and olives)

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Potatoes and peppers

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Two special kinds of stuffed bread from the area

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Roasted vegetables

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Homemade lemon granita (water ice)

36The best chocolate I’ve ever eaten. It came from Modica in Sicily. It’s made without cocoa butter, so it’s coarser. I tried the almond flavored one.

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Taralli

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Pasta with cime di rapa (like broccoli rabe)

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I made a contribution: pasta salad with paprika-balsamic vinaigrette, and brownies :)

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4 Responses to What We Ate in Matera: Part 2

  1. Audrey says:

    Wow! You ate well! I prefer to eat vegan which is harder to do here in Bologna so I was salivating looking at these photos. I’ll have to try to cook some of these dishes myself. My cousin, my aunt, and I are doing a road trip next week and will be stopping in Matera for a couple of nights. I’ll be rereading your Matera posts before we head out. Thanks for sharing!

    • Michelle says:

      Hi Audrey, yes, there were a lot of good things to eat! Although while there I sort of took a vacation from eating a lot of the things I usually eat to have ideal vegan nutrition. It was all still very good though. Have a great trip! I think you’ll like Matera.

  2. Audrey says:

    We did love Matera! We stayed at a beautiful B&B we found on airbnb that was renovated by a young woman using mostly salvaged materials… a really cool space. And I ate one of my favorite pasta dishes to-date: cavatelli with black and white ceci and peperoni cruschi.

    • Michelle says:

      I’m glad you had a nice trip! That dish sounds really good. I’m not familiar with black ceci…. how interesting.