Apple jam with coffee

Lucia’s virtual pen provided the recipe of apple jam with coffee.

Lucia’s tart with Apple and coffee jam

Ingredients for 2 jars of 250 grams apple jam with coffee:

  • 400 g of water
  • 250 g of sugar
  • 500 g of apples
  • 50 g of cognac
  • 20 g of powdered coffee


  • Dissolve the powdered coffee in 400 g of water in a saucepan; let stand for 15 minutes, then strain and set aside.
  • Peel the apples, put them in a small saucepan with lemon juice and sugar and cook them for about 10 minutes.
  • Add the filtered coffee and cook for another 40 minutes.
  • Add the cognac, mix well, let it cool and put in the jars, sterilized and dry.
  • Store in a dark and dry place.


A bit of color to brighten up these gray days

For Lucia and for anyone who needs a bit of color to brighten up these gray days.

#ichbleibedrinnen #ichbleibezuhause #ikblijfbinnen #ikblijfthuis #iorestoincasa #iorestoacasa #istayathome #istayindoors


Caponata of artichokes

The printable version of the recipe can be found here.


  • 8 artichokes, cleaned, cooked and quartered
  • 30 ml of apple vinegar
  • 10 grams of pine nuts, roasted
  • 2 stalks of celery, washed and cut into slices
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons of raisins
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar


  • Put the oil in a pan and add the garlic.
  • Fry (sauté) the garlic over low heat.
  • Add the celery and cook for a few minutes.
  • Add the artichokes, raisins, vinegar and sugar.
  • Stir well and bring to a boil.
  • Turn off the heat and allow to cool.
  • Taste and season with salt and pepper.
  • Divide on 4 plates and sprinkle with toasted pine nuts.

Our new toy for in the countryside

The pruning of the olive trees is currently in full swing. Last year the two of us were doing the job. This year we’ve got some help from our new toy: our woodchipper. 

According to Giovanni only tough men are able to use the woodchipper. But in my opinion the machine is also suitable for use by superwomen 😉 . For sure when they don’t forget to switch the “on/off” button to “on”. If they forget that, like I did the first time, starting the engine is hard, even for superwomen 🙂 .

Why a woodchipper?

The pruning of the trees is automatically accompanied by a lot of waste in the form of tree limbs. The bigger ones we save for next winter so that we have wood for our woodstove. But what to do with the smaller branches, which ar a lot? Burning them was and still isn’t an option for us. For that reason we went looking for a solution and we found it: we agreed that we needed a wood chipper. Last week our dream came true with the arrival of our shredder. This way we can finally close the circle of  the tree life: the branches are broken into pieces and those wood chips remain under the tree to provide protection and manure at the same time. And after a day of hard work they also make a really great soft “bed” to take a rest. 

We are proud and grateful that we again have been able to make another step in becoming “green”.

In Puglia In Vacanza – your (wellness) holiday in the countryside in a sustainable way!

The Apulian cuisine

Puglia is not only known for its beautiful cities and the Adriatic Sea. Puglia is also known for its splendid cuisine. The Apulian cuisine is simple and tasty and uses many herbs and spices such as rosemary, sage, basil, parsley, bay leaf, ….

The bayleaf tree is a Mediterranean plant that is widely used because of its aromatic essence. On our piece of land we’ve got some bayleaf trees and yesterday we pruned one of these trees while Tato, one of our cats, was performing the role of supervisor 🙂 .

Today we have a small Give Away: to 5 people we will send about 50 grams of bayleaves for free. To participate, just enter your name and e-mail in the form below and accept the terms and conditions * to participate in the draw. You will receive an e-mail confirming your participation in the draw.

You can participate until 20:00 on January 28, 2020, and at 21:00 we will announce the names of the winners on our website and on social media.

  • 5 winners
  • Prize:
    Circa 50 grammi di foglie di alloro

La cucina Pugliese


*Terms and conditions

  1. We’re giving to 5 winners around 50 grams of bay leaves;
  2. The winners will be chosen randomly, among all those who have entered their Name and e-mail address in the form generated by Simple Giveaways (;
  3. The Simple Giveaways plug-in on January 28, 2020 at 21:00 will randomly choose the names of the winners;
  4. The 50 grams of bayleaves are free and will be shipped for free;
  5. The winners will receive an e-mail (check also the spam folder) to which they must reply within 2 days of receipt, and communicating their postal address;
  6. The e-mail address is necessary in order to participate in the draw;
  7. The free bay leaves cannot be converted into cash.

Christmas offer!

Maybe you are sitting on the couch right now, thinking of Christmas gifts or your summer holiday. Why not combine those two and give yourself a vacation in beautiful Puglia? Puglia is not only worth visiting during summer but also in spring, autumn and winter.

Please have a look at our Christmas offer: If you book our Lamia from today until December 24, 2019, we will give a discount on the rentalfee of the Lamia from:

20% for the months of June and September 2020 – instead of € 310/week only € 248/week (additional costs for gas/electricity included);
30% for the months of April, May and October 2020 – instead of € 240/week only € 168/week (additional costs for gas/electricity not included);
40% for the months of March and November 2020 – instead of € 240/week only € 144/week (additional costs for gas/electricity not included);
50% for the months of January, February and December 2020 – instead of 140 €/week only 70 €/week (additional costs for gas/electricity not included).

Don’t hesitate and book your vacation for next year now!


P.S.: Do you need more information? Give me a call me on 0039 3270912079 (you can  also write me a WhatsApp message if you prefer me to call you) or write an email to

Black Friday & Christmas Gifts

Today Christmas is only 29 days away. It’s time to start thinking about Christmas gifts 🙂 . Maybe it’s even time to think about your next vacation. If not this week, the week of Black Friday, what is the best time to do so?

From today (Monday 25 November) until Saturday 30 November 2019 we offer you the chance to stay at our lamia for 99.00 * euros a week if you are staying with in the period from December 2019 to March 2020 instead of 140.00 euros. And if you like to stay a week with us in the months of April and May 2020, you pay only 199.00 * euros per week instead of 240.00 euros. Hurry up, book now!

With several airlines offering cheap flights this week, traveling to Puglia (Brindisi or Bari) and enjoying a holiday can be a really cheap one!

So why not give yourself or a loved one a pleasant, relaxing holiday in our lamia in beautiful Puglia for Christmas?

* The costs for electricity and gas are excluded from the offer.

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.


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 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.