Photo diary: Come Back to Your Senses, day 4 (Taste)

June 25, 2016

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Wednesday centered on a Tuscan-style cooking lesson from Linda, which started first thing in the morning at the farmer’s market in town. Everyone got to pick some item that looked good, and we would decide later what meal to compile from the collected goodies. Linda provided some background on veggies we don’t see for sale in the U.S., such as puntarelle, agretti, zucchini blossoms, and sedano rapa (below — it’s celeriac).

6-15 farmer's market 26-15 puntanelle melanzane
The town’s community garden supplied herbs for the occasion — lemon balm, sage, rosemary, lavender.

6-15 herb garden
We stopped into the Co-op supermarket to supplement the fresh produce. This pasta called out, for some reason.

6-15 fagottini
We brought the market bounty back to the villa and spread it out on the table to ponder.

6-15 market posse6-15 whats for dinner6-15 market bounty
Linda helped everyone figure out how to create a yummy dish from the ingredients they’d selected, and the next couple of hours were a frenzy of cleaning, chopping, and cooking. Jay prepared the first course — melon soup garnished with fried prosciutto.

6-15 kitchen at work6-15 jay's melon soup
The collective ownership made the long leisurely lunch especially satisfying — one of the best days I’ve ever spent in Italy.

At the end of the afternoon we hopped in the van and headed to Siena for some sightseeing and shopping. I collect hand-painted Sienese ceramics with a particular geometric pattern and picked up two beautiful bowls to take home (the third was too big to lug home).

6-15 siena reflected in bus window6-15 pasta plate6-15 beautiful bowl6-15 the bowl i didn't buy
Nothing beats sitting in Il Campo with a cocktail watching the sun set.

6-15 negroni in il campo

Andy and I had dinner at a restaurant overlooking the back of the Duomo — this picture was designed specifically for sharing on social media with the caption “Neener fucking neener.”

6-15 neener fucking neener


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