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30 Jan

….overheard at this year's olive harvest in the deep Salento…..

  (Translated from dialect- and occasionally Italian- late November 2012)   'It's not like it used to be, now that the machines arrived. When I was a boy, we made honest oil, with brooms and fiscoli (the jute mats still occasionally used in the production of virgin and...

1 Aug

gli scampi: langoustines

Norway lobsters is what the books call them. The English call them Dublin Bay Prawns. The French call them Langoustines.  The Spanish who go nuts for the things, buying up up to half of England's catch, call them cigalas. Visit friends in Spain and...