Felice Halloween! Carol and I had a bit of fun with masks before we began our first treat of the day, cooking lesson # 2, with a wood-fired oven!
First up, cheese pies. With Yolanda demonstrating portioning and rolling, we followed suit.
Pretty easy , we were thinking, not knowing what was coming next. So when we added the cheese filling and crimped the edges our manual dexterity met the challenge!
” Giro in fronte” reminded Yolanda. Turn it and keep the working part in front of you. That way the finished product will be more round. We both struggled a bit but soon noticed that Yolanda was giving us more and more rounds of dough to make into pies. We’re hired!! (Actually these were served to all guests tonight as part of the antipasti so we were secretly pleased!!)
More fun was in store as Angelo had prepared a wood fire in the oven, about 900 degrees F to bake the cheese pies and focaccia.
After a few demonstrations it was time to try our hand at baking cheese pies and focaccia.
The olive wood for the fire was all gathered from the area, and we learned that Angelo can tell the temperature by the color of the chimney cap.
Our finished foccaci , also served at dinner tonight:
A kiss for Angelo and a special warm focaccia for each of us, this one made with bits of pork and lard.
Five minutes later we were off for our afternoon activities, all of us smelling a bit like Smokey the bear!!
First stop Orgoloso and the famous murals painted throughout the town. Often political or depicting moments in history, these murals tell stories of protests, opinions, love affairs, and aspirations.
The 1908 fire in a sewing factory in NYC that killed 146 young immigrant workers.
After a morning of slaving over open fire and a walk through a town ( in the rain, I might add!!) you might think the day was over. Not a chance!! Now it was time for wine tasting!
At Cantine di Orgoloso a group of 6 wine geniuses of the island have banded together to collectively produce the finest cannanou of Sardinia. The results were spectacular!
And we are on the trail of the US distributor. As an aside, we really liked the cheese they served!
So now is our day finished? Not a chance. Off we went to one of the finest museums on the island to learn more about the culture of masks, and the meanings behind the pantomimes we saw played out at the festival in Ottana.
These traditions honoring the end of winter, awakening Earth in the Spring, weaving the thread of Life, acknowledging the necessary role of fertility of women—these traditions are alive and well and practiced yearly in Sardinia. This is a culture that protects, honors, and upholds the sanctity of Earth as our Mother. Masks and costumes play a significant role, and the masks of other cultures are preserved and honored here also. Our guide was exceptional in her explanation.
So now was it time to head home??
Ready to leave here tomorrow? No, but more fun awaits in Calgliari!