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.

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:, 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!