Spent the day "Cooking with Francesca"
Francesca (center) is a food blogger. She was assisted by her friend Valentina (at right).
Menu: Buffala mozzarella with local grape-type tomatoes and basil,
the aforementioned tomatoes,
Dessert = tiramisu
Tiramisu surprisingly easy to make and quite tasty -- must use organic eggs and cold
Pasta also surprisingly easy to make -- dough hook with Kitchen Aid then knead by hand with heel of palm, let rest before rolling out)
Amatriciana sauce made with guanciale (pork cheek) and sautéed tomatoes only -- wonderful flavor from guanciale
Did you know that Italians actually don't eat that much garlic? They use it to flavor items and then remove and discard -- a misconception
Lunch conversation = husbands, children, families, Naples, Obama, food (of course)
After lunch Valentina brings us to where we can find our way back to the ship
On board by three o'clock
Time to pack
Jettison clothes that no longer fit (yes I have gotten bigger again -- watch out all you full figured gals out there because here I come!)
Still hard to get everything packed but we managed
No word from car service -- will they show tomorrow?
Dinner with Ben and Jürgen
Goodbyes all around
Sad to go but ready for next adventure