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The piazza, Montefalco
The first morning, after fresh coffee and scrumptious still-warm cornetti, we set off to cook in a country villa/hotel in Montefalco itself. We were greeted by Alessandra, the exuberant cook, and her assistant Anna. Despite the exhortation to keep hair covered at all times, our largely Aussie contingent weren't particularly surprised to see wild hair and open-toed high heeled shoes in the commercial kitchen.....Never mind, flamboyance seems to be an integral part of the experience here and we were here to learn and absorb it all, so it was time to roll sleeves up and get into it!! We cooked all morning, making homemade grissini, foccacie, pizze, calzone, the local pasta called strangozzi ("priest stranglers"....charming...) in a tomato sauce, creamy potato crepes with a filling of marscapone and bechamel (fat city here we come...), Parmigiana di melanzane, roasted vegetables with a herbed crust, homemade meatballs and veal slices and then it was time for the desserts: a local strudel usually made in November, for All Saints Day, called "rocciata" (fabulous filling of apples, pinenuts, lemon, chocolate, cinnamon and a dash of Kirsch!) and various biscotti, all made from scratch. By the time we'd had a couple of glasses of the local wine and the groaning trolleys of our creations were placed before us for our consumption - and duly consumed! - we were all in need of a good lie down....
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The piazza, Montefalco
The piazza, Montefalco
The magnificent view!
The magnificent view!
The famed wine of the region - Sag…
The famed wine of the region - Sa…
Alessandra and Anna, cooking up a …
Alessandra and Anna, cooking up a…
Potato crepes in the pan, fresh st…
Potato crepes in the pan, fresh s…
A feast for all the senses!
A feast for all the senses!
The peaceful surrounds of the villa
The peaceful surrounds of the villa