The Cinque Terre and lots of focaccia

October 9, 2011 § 8 Comments

This has turned into quite a hiking vacation!  Which makes me happy (Joel’s knee is somewhat less happy, but it’s being a trooper).  This is partly due to some of the main paths being closed forcing us to either take the train or the back routes  to get some places, and choosing the back routes.  And partly due to a desire to get away from the throngiest throngs of tourists (I can’t even imagine what this place is like during peak tourist season!).

We’ve been exploring the Cinque Terre area, and though each day we’ve been hiking only 7-10 or so kilometers, the nature of the trails still makes it pretty strenuous.  The builders of the paths seem not to have believed in horizontal traveling, only vertical.  So, going for a walk is like going on a Stairmaster, except with scenery that’s about 571 million times more spectacular.

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Focaccia with roasted tomatoes and onions

May 4, 2010 § 4 Comments

Look what I made!  I baked.  And by now we know what that means…the train has just pulled in to procrastination station, and it might be here for a while, so you may as well get off and stretch your legs.  What can I say?  I don’t feel like writing an abstract for the paper I’m currently working on.  Oh, and the other thing I can say is that this might be the best product of my procrastination yet!

My parents went to Italy last year for a trip (can you believe they didn’t take me?!  The devestation!), and were kind enough to show me their pictures a couple of times and tell me the stories of their meals in such detail that if those photos hadn’t been digital, I’m pretty sure they would have been ruined by my drooling.  What I have been most stuck on was the descriptions of the focaccia they had.  Loaves of bread laced with olive oil and topped with any number of uber-Italian ingredients for the baking.  They traveled through the region where focaccia is originally from!  I was fairly consumed with jealousy and vowed that I would travel there myself someday, and until then figured I had to at least try making some good focaccia myself.

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