Settling in and getting to know our surroundings!

On Thursday, August 21st, we took a private Italian cooking lesson at our villa. We made a homemade tagliatelle pasta with a meat sauce (family recipe), homemade gnocchi with a pesto sauce, a salad and a dessert of biscotti. In addition to the food, and how to cook it, we also learned that we have fresh herbs growing in our garden and we didn’t even know it!! Our instructor, Elisa, asked us if we had any thyme or sage and of course, we said “no, sorry”… She was soooo puzzled by that. Then later on when it came time to eating our meal, we decided to eat outside on our lovely patio and loah and behold…. Right before our eyes… yes, fresh herbs. The rosemary was so big and high that we both thought it was just a landscaping bush of some kind!! We have another one growing right outside our kitchen window that hangs over the brick wall, and it is huge, too! Then Elisa pointed out the thyme, sage and oregano. Thanks Elisa!!

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This is the Rosemary hanging off our kitchen balcony… amazing how big it is!!
Our rosemary in the garden.
Our rosemary in the garden.
Sage... Glad Elisa pointed this out to us! We made tempura fried sage leaves!! Ummmm They were great!
Sage… Glad Elisa pointed this out to us! We made tempura fried sage leaves!! Ummmm They were great!

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