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Torta-making with Peppa

Date: November 19, 2014 - categories: , , , , , - 3 Comments

If you’re a “foodie” visiting Umbria, you can’t miss a dinner of rural goodness with our farm friend, Peppa – and if you’re lucky, learn to make the Umbrian hearth bread la torta with her. You’ll bake it right on top of her wood stove.

Just ask Victoria about the experience: a highlight of her recent Umbrian stay. But then again, Victoria is a “foodie par excellence”, owning San Francisco Bay Area restaurants, and appassionata of Italian foods and wines. (And she even knew that putting the sign of the  cross on top of the dough assured good rising, good baking!)
Victoria and Peppa flatten the torta dough out on the wood stove top

Victoria and Peppa flatten the torta dough out on the wood stove top

Mixing it up

Mixing it up

Peppa and Janet work on the torta dough

Peppa and Janet work on the torta dough

Now it's time to attack with the rolling pin

Now it’s time to attack with the rolling pin

The cross on the top assures good rising of the dough

The cross on the top assures good rising of the dough

Torta on the woodstove

Torta on the woodstove

Peppa knows hte torta is done by checking the edges

Peppa knows hte torta is done by checking the edges

Time to flip the torta

Time to flip the torta

One torta baked, another on the way!

One torta baked, another on the way!

And when you eat and cook with Peppa, she  won’t just be serving la torta : after all, that will just be a “starter”, probably sliced open and  filled with pecorino (local sheep’s milk cheese), prosciutto or salami (or all three!).  Wild mushrooms (hunted by Peppa’s son Giancarlo) in a tasty tomato sauce and risotto con arugula followed our torta.
Pino opts for salami on his torta

Pino opts for salami on his torta

Peppa slides the best in Umbrian prosciutto onto the torta

Pino opts for salami on his torta

Victoria savors the wild mushrooms_

Victoria savors the wild mushrooms

Risotto with arugula, too

Risotto with arugula, too

Salad of Peppa’s garden greens, wild greens and seasoned with her olive oil and her vinegar was the perfect ending to our dinner.
And Peppa and Victoria both agreed:  hands are the best kitchen tool for the mixing of a good salad.
Peppa and Victoria form a  salad-making duo

Peppa and Victoria form a salad-making duo

Victoria notes the amount of salt added to the salad

Victoria notes the amount of salt added to the salad

Peppa and Victoria agree that the hands are the best salad-mixing tool

Peppa and Victoria agree that the hands are the best salad-mixing tool

Click here to read more about Peppa and bread
Read more about our many rural friends – and what they have taught us
Click here for a torta recipe, adapted to oven-baking
Read about Peppa’s wine-making
Read about Peppa’s wine lore
Click for more on Peppa’s wine and a sacred rural tradition
Read about Peppa’s bread salad
Read about Peppa’s celebration of her new olive oil
Read about Peppa celebrating chestnuts, new wine and new olive oil
Read about how Peppa can take off the evil eye!
Read about hunting chicory with Peppa
Click here to read about Peppa and her legumes
Click here to read about Peppa’s Easter cheese breads
Read about Peppa and the rural rite of veglia
Read about the joy of feasting with Peppa

3 Comments

  • Dyanna says:

    Anne, that all looks so yummy! Hope to see you this winter/spring!

  • Anne robichaud says:

    Dyanna…hope to see you, too…IF I cook in AZ!

  • Nick Brandt says:

    We had the wonderful opportunity of eating Peppa’s torta fresh off her wood stovetop. Officially addicted! We are trying to recreate it this year at our christmas celebration. Thanks again Anne, and thank you to Peppa. Such a lovely, beautiful, and inviting generous woman. Ciao a tutti! Buon Natale

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