December is approaching fast

With the December month approaching fast so is the holiday season which runs from late November to early January. This festive season includes at least Christmas and New Year. 

When thinking of this season Advent comes to mind, the time of waiting and preparation for the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ at Christmas. Advent is variable of length, the start date changes every year. It starts on the fourth Sunday before Christmas Day – this year 1 December, and always ends on Christmas Eve.

Christmas nowadays is also associated with Santa Claus, his Reindeers and his workshop where Santa makes the presents given out at Christmas. 

Preparations for Christmas are at Pellegrino already in full swing. We’re having our own Christmas workshop this time of year where our very special reindeer Rudolph, as a limited edition, is being made. And what about our “12 days of cookies” which is now being tested on a daily basis 🙂 . 

Speeking of cookies, yesterday Jetty had the pleasure of participating in a Cake Design workshop where Santa was made with a Panettone as a base. The video gives you an impression of a really fantastic workshop organized by Anna Maria Rubino of “Mini Party Rubino” in collaboration with la Maestra Mariella Pentassuglia.

Happy Hour Day

November 12th is “Happy Hour Day” in the United States. Happy hour is the term used to indicate a time of day in which bars, pubs, etc. offer drinks and food at discounted prices. Nowadays, even restaurants are practicing it today offering snacks at reduced prices. Usually, a happy hour includes two drinks or two appetizers for the price of one.

KEEP CALM HAPPY HOUR IS  ALMOST HERE  Poster

We too …

… have Happy Hour tomorrow!

Only tomorrow, November 12, from 18:00 to 20:00 we offer a two week stay, in our lamia, for the price of one. This 2 week stay for the price of one is possible from 15 November 2019 and by 30 May 2020. What do you have to do? Send an email at info@inpugliainvacanza.it or send a WhatsApp message/call us at 00393270912079!

Did You Know…

…that the happy hour began as an event in the military? It is believed that the term comes from events organized by a club called the Happy Hour Social for the United States Navy in 1913.

Today’s number is …

Today, four years ago, we (Jetty & Giovanni) met for the first time. If you book today November 7th, you’ll have a discount on the rental fee of the lamia of 40%. The discount is valid for a stay from 15 November 2019 until 30 May 2020.

An example:

Let’s say you are our guest from December 21st to December 28th 2019. Normally you would pay for that one-week stay € 140 plus the cost of electricity and gas. If you book the lamia today November 7th, you will pay € 84 + the cost for electricity and gas for the same week.

How to book?

Just send us an e-mail to the following address: info@inpugliainvacanza.it, indicating the required period and wait for our confirmation.

Men Make Dinner Day …

The other day we informed you that, with the arrival of the holiday season, until the end of the year we’ll be having offers regarding the lamia on a regular basis. Tomorrow, November 7th, which also happens to be “Men in Dinner Day”, we’ll publish our first offer.

Men make dinner …

… is also known as “Prepare dinner for your wife.” So guys, follow Giovanni’s example and let the woman in your life take a break. Have her sit in her favorite armchair in the living room, with a glass of wine in her hand and put on her favorite movie. Than, take an apron, find a recipe and start preparing dinner by yourself! Why? Of course because you love your wife. And it’s an opportunity to truly amaze her with an excellent dinner!

Do you need some easy-to-prepare recipes? Our Facebook group “Cuciniamo!” gives you the opportunity to exchange simple but delicious recipes with fellow chefs. If you are not a member yet, become one and start finding a recipe that will be the right one for you.

Thanks everyone!

We thank all those who participated in our Give Away. Once again, congratulations to Benjamin who won a one week’s stay in our lamia.

If you are interested in spending a holiday in our Lamia, in beautiful Puglia, you could be lucky because the holiday season has begun 🙂 . On a regular basis we’ll publish offers until the end of the year and if you don’t want to miss any of them, give a like to our Facebook page to stay up to date!

We, Jetty and Giovanni, met for the first time on November 7th. Our first offer is a 10% discount on the rentalfee of the lamia, for every year that has passed since 201?, the year we met for the first time.

The discount is valid for a stay from 15 November 2019 until 30 May 2020 and only if you book Thursday 7 November.

Thursday we will let you know what the discount will be 🙂 .

Fresh, homemade pasta please

Today is World Pasta Day

Whether it is home-made or store bought, pasta is always tasty. In Italy it is a staple food like potatoes in the Netherlands. The word “pasta” comes from the Latin word păstam, which means a combination of flour and water. The origin of pasta dates back to a long time ago. Some researchers believe that in the thirteenth century it was Marco Polo, who introduced pasta in Italy on his return from one of his trips to China in 1271. Others say that the pasta dates back even further, to the ancient Etruscan civilizations, which produced pasta grinding different cereals and then mixing them with water, a mixture that was later cooked producing a tasty and nutritious food product.

Did you know that by now there are more than 600 different forms of pasta made all over the world? In Puglia, among the various types, we have the “Orecchiette”. The round and concave shape of this pasta has led to its name, which means “small ears”. In Bari there is a place called “Quartiere delle Orecchiette”. In reality, they are just two narrow streets, where local women are sitting outside preparing the orecchiette by hand, continuing a family tradition.

About three years ago I had the pleasure to learn how to make Orecchiette. My teacher was an 80 years young lovely lady. But that wasn’t the first time I made fresh pasta. In 2015 an Italian friend told me he was able to make a fresh pasta dish within 20 minutes and challenged me to try it too. I accepted the challenge, making the dough was a piece of cake but rolling the dough with a rolling pin took me a lot of time. About 50 minutes later I finally had my pasta on the table. A 30 minute difference. It was a challenge to win! After many doughs, always improving my time, I finally reached the time of 20 minutes 🙂 At that point, my friend told me he was using a pasta machine, not a rolling pin like I did. From that day on, he called me the queen of pasta 🙂 . 

Now, I’d like to challenge you to try making fresh pasta , it’s really fun!

Ostuni – Brindisi: 5 – 6

Brindisi won! Well, actually it was a draw, but my vote for Brindisi was decisive ;-). It means that we will first visit Brindisi during a bike tour 🙂 .

One these days we will go to Brindisi by bike. The tour will take us on country roads leading to the Adriatic Sea. From there we will travel a part of the Via Appia. The Via Appia is one of the first and strategically most important streets of Ancient Rome that connected Brindisi to Rome. The Brindisi column marks the end of the Via Appia.

But there is more to see and visit in the former capital of Italy. The Duomo, the Church of Santa Maria del Casale, the Aragonese Castle, the Monument to the Sailor and much more.

On our way back home we’ll be following country roads again, passing the old Masseria Casignano. And then, after being on the bike for a total of about 60 km, we’ll be back home where our cats will be waiting for us 🙂 .

And Ostuni? You’ll find out soon!

International Street Food arrives at Brindisi

From the traditional Ariccia pork , Neapolitan fried pizza and New York hot dogs to the meat of Australian kangaroo, over 40 chefs are at work during “International Street Food”. “International Street Food” is an international event that in recent months has been touring across Italy and from October 31 to 3 November will make a stop at Brindisi.

During the event, visitors will be able to enjoy a selection of the best regional, national and international dishes. The best Italian and foreign food trucks and stands will take part. 

“International Street Food” is expected in the period from October 31 to November 3, 2019, at the following times: 31 October from 18:00 to 24:00, and 1, 2 and 3 November from 12:00 to 24:00. The location is Piazza Santa Teresa, chosen for its central location and the stunning views of the harbor.

Source: brindisioggi.it

I hope there will be a Dutch stand too with “Hollandse Nieuwe” (new Dutch herring) . This raw herring is eaten on bread or as a snack accompanied by chopped onions. 

This is the reaction of Emanuela after seeing a video of how the Dutch eat their herring 🙂 . 

If you who want to try the delicious “cucina Pugliese” during a stay in beautiful Puglia: there is still time to participate in our Give Away where you have a chance of winning a free one week stay in our lamia! If you want to give it a go, hop over to the page where you can participate. We wish you good luck!

The focaccia has won!!!

As you might remember, we asked you on facebook what you would prefer to cook “live” if this was possible: Greek yogurt bread or Focaccia.

70% of the votes went to the focaccia. So now it’s time to start organising our “live cooking” event during which you can participate 🙂 

First of all the date and time. Saturday 9 november at 9:30 AM we’ll meet online and start preparing our dough. For the dough you’ll need the following ingredients: flour (I’ll be using Maiorca e Senatore Cappelli), salt, dry yeast and water. Beside that you’ll be needing a kitchen scale and a big bowl.

Than, at 6:30 PM, we’ll meet again. This time for finishing and baking the focaccia. Make sure you’ll have all the ingredients at home that you want to use as a condiment for your focaccia. Ours will be simple: tomato sauce, scamorza cheese, origano and a bit of olive oil. 

I hope you’ll join us in your kitchen! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask them as a comment here below.

Greek yogurt bread

Here is, on request, the recipe for the Greek yogurt bread.
 

Ingredients for a small bread:
  • 200 grams of Senatore Capelli flour
  • 50 grams of whole grain Maiorca flour
  • 100 grams of full fat Greek yogurt
  • 100 grams of lukewarm water
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • 2 grams of dry yeast
How to prepare the loaf:
  • Put all the ingredients in a large bowl and knead, for about 10 minutes, until you have an elastic dough.
  • Cover with a damp cloth and let it rest until the dough has doubles in size and you see “bubbles” on top.
  • Knead the dough again for about 3 minutes and after that put in a bakingform. Cover again and let it rest for about 30 minutes, you’ll see the “bubbles” again.
  • Meanwhile heat your oven to 200 degrees Celsius.
  • Bake the bread in about 20 minutes. Your bread is cooked wehen you hear a hollow sound when tapping the bottom of the bread.
  • Take out of the oven and let it cool on a rack.
Buon pranzo tutti!!!!