Location: Staggia, Italy
Date: June 11-25, 2011
This is our third year renting a villa in Europe for a big chunk of June. I’ve experimented with different ways to handle the breakfast situation for a large number of people (9-15 is what we’ve had). It’s not practical to go out everyday, it would just take too long to wrangle everyone, and a free for all at the house (which we tried last year) has all sorts of issues. Namely the challenge of restocking the groceries and cleaning up. So, our houses at this year’s villa arranged to set and clear a continental breakfast table, to which we added some local products. Overall it worked out very well.
The first thing I need is my coffee. Cappuccino this time of morning. Our hosts made them, which was convenient as last year my dad was making them straight for 90 minutes every morning. Given that many people have two, and the slow speed of the little home machines, it’s hard to churn a lot of them out.
Various dry goods, yogurts, jams, cereal, orange juice.
Fruit, cookies, toast, blood orange juice (yum).
We also put out some of the local cheeses, mostly Pecorino.
And the stubs of all sorts of them.
A few cow cheeses from the local market.
No Italian breakfast is complete without Prosciutto.
Our hosts also baked a variety of pastries and breads over the two weeks. Homemade croissants in this case.
A really yummy chocolate torte. Buttery crust, with congealed nuttella type filling.
We had some extra ricotta and our baker turned it into this wonderful cheesecake.
Chocolate inside, with a tasty crust and coco top. It was like breakfast tiramisu!
Delicious chocolate cake, tasted like a giant brownie. Nothing like chocolate to pick you up in the morning.
Tuscan apple pie. Really good stuff, perhaps drier and more bready than the American version, halfway between that and an apple strudel. Delicious.
Blackberry tart. These kind of fruit tarts are typically Tuscan.
And cherries, which are local and in season.