Friday, November 30, 2007
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Friday, November 23, 2007
We were given fresh oregano at the end of summer. We hung it inside the family home across the street and forgot about it until recently. It is very handy that we have a barber in the house to cut the oregano from the branches.
After the oregano is removed it gets put into the *robot* or food processor. A few years ago, the motor on my food processor died. I bought the same machine in a later model. The attachments fit the new machine. When we process the oregano it discolors and scratches the bowl so this was a lucky purchase.
Remove any small sticks and place into a jar and the oregano is ready for your favorite recipe.
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Friday, November 16, 2007
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
How could Italy - the country which has a reputation for loving children more than any other in the world, and where there is an almost religious reverence for the role of Mama - stop having children?
The Government seems as perplexed by the situation as the Pope, who two years ago begged Italians to "rediscover the culture of life and love and their mission as parents". His plea fell on deaf ears. The Italians, the most solidly Catholic country in Europe, ignored his request to have more children, just as they have ignored his teaching on the sinfulness of contraception. "Italians," as one demographer put it, "have not given up sex. They have merely given up procreation."
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
We first stopped at our favorite restaurant for lunch. They are closed on Sundays and opened their new wine yesterday.
Andy tried the new *vino* and said a toast (salute to the Honorable and his wife) to our friends from RI, who are also fans of this restaurant. St. Martino was celebrated a day late. I guess that is what holiday Monday is all about.
Then off to the big city and the Walmart type supermercato to look for that heater and do a little shopping.
This is one store that is open thru the day. We left here and got back on the highway and headed to another market that is also open from 9AM -9PM. We found the heater and we also came across Christmas. Italy is focusing on Christmas earlier and earlier every year.
This might be called winter decor.....
But, there is no mistake about this..
At 4PM we reached the jewelers. I think these doors are a good thing. They also have them at banks (we did not get to the bank in time). Only one person can enter at a time and they beep if you have some weapon or other object picked up by the sensor device.
After making our purchase we finished the trip by heading to our favorite €0.79 per kilo fruit and vegetable market. They sell a range of grocery items but the low fruit and vegetable price is the draw for us. The big finish was more Christmas items displayed. So from now thru the New Year...
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Friday, November 9, 2007
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Monday, November 5, 2007
Sunday, November 4, 2007
The local band kept the mood and the step lively. But as usual...........NO LINES!
Friday, November 2, 2007
Thursday, November 1, 2007
The water heater was an interesting feature as it is fueled by nut hulls.
These pots were on the property. They were used in earlier times to store olive oil.
This is only one way of extracting oil from olives. This place isn't far from Oliveri so it is convenient to have them done there. The proprietor and his wife are pleasant and nice to do business with.
After it was all said and done ...my friends gave me this....LIQUID GOLD!