Angela has lovingly prepared every meal I have eaten in the last week since we arrived in Porto Ercole, a small town on the Tuscan island of Argentario. Of course, this region is famous for its cuisine – simply prepared seafood, vegetables doused in home-pressed olive oil, and locally made cheese and cured meats. We have had the immense pleasure of staying at the home of my sister-in-law, Francesca (you might remember her Salad contribution featuring a very special Berkel meat slicer). The house is situated on the the edge of a cliff; the view as we eat our meals is almost as mind-blowing as the food itself. Endless Mediterranean water, olive trees, fig trees, craggy cliffs and not a person in site.
I was determined to do a salad post while here. Angela and her husband Giulio, who ran out into the orchards to pick the perfect lemon for our shoot, were patient enough to engage in a comical amount of gesticulation, pantomime and tongue-tied English/Italian bumbling to make this classic seafood salad for the blog. The journey began in our tiny Fiat, chugging to make it around the pot holes and boulders dotting the road that leads to the house. We went to the fish monger and the vegetable stand in town, then Angela pointed out her own house across the valley as we made our descent back up to the kitchen.
Angela tolerated me as I took her photo and tried to glean some semblance of a recipe from the experience.