Sunday, April 26, 2009

Day Trip to the Murgia



April 25th is the day on which Italians celebrate the Nazi occupation army leaving northern Italy in 1945 after a general partisan insurrection by the Italian resistance movement. This day is taken as symbolic of the Liberation of Italy and is a national holiday.


As usual, Molfettans celebrate their holidays by eating and, weather permitting, spending the day in the countryside.




We celebrated by having a picnic with friends on the Alta Murgia, a tableland area inland from Molfetta.


The first photo shows a Molfettan style calzone, which is sort of like a pie stuffed with onions, fish, black olives, tomatoes and raisins. If I have time, I will post the recipe on my other blog, Amid the Olive Trees, tomorrow.


Other items on the menu included ham, salami, spicy cheese, breaded chicken cutlets, mozzarella, homemade bread and taralli, fresh fennel, fresh fava beans... I must be forgetting something...






Dessert was a "Colomba," the traditional Italian Easter cake made in the shape of a dove, accompanied by limoncello, a lemon liquor.



Over the next few days I'll show you more photos of this beautiful natural area, famous for wild asparagus and cardoncello mushrooms.




9 comments:

cellini.k said...

yummm! great photos ;)

Vogon Poet said...

This is the right time of the day to read and appreciate this post!

Tinsie said...

Yum! Sounds (and looks) like my type of picnic! The Colomba sounds interesting - do you have more information?

Saretta said...

What kind of information, Tinsie? Do you mean a recipe? I found a recipe in English at this site: http://www.italianeating.eu/RECIPES/SWEETS/colomba-italian-recipe-easter-pictures/colomba-italian-recipe-easter-pictures.htm

marley said...

Eating outdoors, a great way to celebrate! Yummy looking food :)

Ann said...

How interesting I hadn't realised 25 April was a holiday in Italy and a day of commemoration. You may know its a national holiday in Australia as well - ANZAC Day which commemorates all who fought and died in war.

Ann said...

PS: I thought the pannetone was the traditional Easter bread/cake. The colomba looks really good.

Saretta said...

Ann, panettone is the traditional Christmas cake, the colomba is similar.

kostas said...

May I have a place there?
I like the open air lunch!