Monthly Archives: June 2012

Home Schooled Baking

Focaccia with raisins

After making a few batches of oatmeal raisin cookies, I had some leftover raisins. So….I thought this might be a good time to try out the Raisin Rosemary focaccia in the Art and Soul of Baking. Unfortunately, I didn’t have quite enough raisins or rosemary. But, that didn’t stop me. I went over and started reading the Sarabeth recipe for rosemary focaccia and noticed that she uses “fruity extra-virgin olive oil.” This reminded me of the blood orange olive oil I got at Del’ Oliva. I decided I would make up for the lack of raisins by using  Blood Orange olive oil. Oh the smell of the dough as it was kneading was devine. I really like how the focaccia turned out, with a light hint of citrus . Which brings me to my next topic – Del’ Oliva

I think I love Del’ Oliva. There is a Del Oliva…

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Bella Bagni di Lucca

We met 2 of Pieve di Monti di Villa’s hundred or so inhabitants when we were trying to raid a cherry tree on the side of the road.



Oriano appeared and with his trusty umbrella he pulled a branch down for us.


Soon his wife Pina joined us and told us a little about their pretty village. Oriano was born in the village and Pina was born in Genova. She was sent to Pieve as a child during the war. She found Genova a little noisy when she went back and eventually settled in the village and met Oriano.


Many of the residents moved away to America, Australia and Canada in tough times in the 20th century. People are slowly coming back to enjoy the peaceful mountain life.

Come for a walk through the village to see why.






The church dedicated to St Julia was built in the 12th century…

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