Wednesday was party prep for Thursday's festa. I was very energetic by 6 AM on Wednesday morning, getting as much done as possible, so we could leave at noon for a little day trip/shopping excursion to San Gimignano.
Here was my menu for Thursday's party:
Figs with honey and sea salt
Apricots with gorgonzola
Melted pecorino with peperocino honey
cold cuts (prosciutto, soprosatta, ham and salami)
Hot crab dip (Italian style)
Baked brie with fig marmalata
Cheese platter/pane e crocante (bread and assorted flatbreads)
La Cena (dinner):
Salsiccia con fungi (sausage with mushrooms)
Verdura al forno (baked zucchini)
Polenta con formaggio e salvia (cheesy polenta with sage)
Tiramisu di Limone
I needed to do a couple of these ahead of time. Fridge space was slim. I made my crust dough for the pizza rustica, and while it chilled made lemon curd from 20 eggs, and limoncello syrup. Brad grated cheese for all of the recipes. Then he chopped all the ingredients for the pizza rustica filling. Brad beat the marcapone filling for the tiramisu, while I finished the lattice crust on the pizza rustica. While it baked for an hour, we assembled the tiramisu. There was a doppio latte across the street at the coffee bar in there somewhere. We were all done by 11:30 with a beautifully browned pizza rustica, and two pans of lemon tiramisu in the fridge. TEAMWORK!
(photos and recipes for everything tomorrow)
We left for San Gimignano, and arrived in an hour and 15 minutes.
Brad dropped me off and went to park. When I met him 10 minutes later, I had purchased a purse, and found a second, but we were starving, so we had a panini first on Piazza del Duomo.
We had such a lovely afternoon. I really enjoy all the people around in the villa, but we were missing some "piazza time". Brad and I could spend hours a day, sitting in a piazza with a beverage, watching people, talking, sometimes reading or journaling, and watching life in Italy. Our waitress knew us from countless visits in the past. We have some quiet "down time" with a glass of Vernaccia. I had to briefly visit a couple of shopkeepers I have become friendly with over the years. We hit an internet spot, and did some laser shopping. We bought leather glass cases, a cigarette case, two purses, and I splurged in a bracelet I had to have. All of the shopping took me about 30 minutes, as I knew what I wanted, and where it would be. (I'll do a shopping post later of all my Italian purchases.) We were on our way back to the villa by 4:30, with a stop at the butcher in Trequanda to order tomorrow's meat, and had a nice nap from 6-7 before getting ready for dinner with Jerry and Paul!