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video: students teach you to make la salsa.

If you only have time to watch one of our many videos this year, make sure that this is the one.   Click below. Video: Students teach you how to make our annual tomato sauce. Plus surprise ending!   To come in December of this year. Space still available. To come next year. To write us, just respond to this email.  ...

video: a lunch in southern italy

Here is another video, and this time you don't need any Italian language skills to enjoy it.   play video 2013 calendar. We still have space for our December courses! Come see the Christmas lights in Italy, get your hands on first of the Salento's autumnal vegetables. 2014 calendar. Our site. ...

video: le orecchiette with pork belly and cabbage

Another big week of courses at the Lecce school this week. We're in a big canning phase, putting up both peperoncini under vinegar (30 jars) and zucchine with mint under extra virgin (notice that the vegetable, AKA 'courgette', is feminine in Italian). While we cook, eat and drink this week, getting to know this part of the world, well, by cooking,...

video: how to make the year's tomato sauce

  Our tenth birthday came and went, the empty wine bottles filling the recycling bins.  We're now officially ten years old, our youth giving away to a more mature school, however small we remain. Here is a short video shot for Italian television about our making of the annual tomato sauce. Click here for Video. If you'd like to come for other canning...

video about gelato: 7 minutes in the salento

    Here is our very first self-produced video, this time, on how to make gelato at home. Producing a television show, even a 7 minute one, is trickier than it seems. First, there is no director to say things like, 'let's try that again, perhaps, you know, maybe you can try and suck less this time'. Still we're learning a lot, with...

video from italy: a day in the life of a student

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-qFEZClNv0 Over the years we've received a lot of compliments about our school (we turn '10' in two weeks) but every once in a while we're asked something more or less like this: so what is the student experience like? What would it be like for me, if I came? We asked a local film crew to follow a typical student for...

video from Italy: fresh sausages from scratch

Here in Southern Italy we're busy making a lot of videos this summer. In the meantime, here is a recent one from Italian television. How to make fresh sausage   Also, we still need a hand making our annual tomato sauce at the castle Click here to read how it's done Why Southern Italian tomato sauce is so important to us To our site To our 2013...

video: il castello

Here is a video made for Italian television about our courses at the castle. Most of it is silent or in Italian but it really gives the sense of what our castle courses are like. To visit our site. To visit our 2013 calendar...

this year's bicycle trip through southern italian wine country (departing april 5th)

 They are often the high points of the year each year, these trips. I guess you could call them my 'sabbaticals', but each year I pack up my bicycle and take off for a few months off to bicycle Southern Italian wine country. I meet lots of producers, hear their stories, taste their wine. Those that I’ve connected with often invite...

Simmered figs, Salento-style

It's an odd fact but the longer I remain a bachelor, the more I cook like a grandmother. Yes, strange, I know. Take this dish, for example,  the sort of dolce that you can whip when you have almost nothing in the house, which happens more than I'd care to admit. Like today, for example. Angela asked, What do you have that's...