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Hello dear friends!

The bread is a very important and common food in Italy and the bread culture has its roots in very ancient times. In an ideal journey from north to south we will be able to meet a lot of different types of bread: each region has its own shapes, recipes, baking methods, names...

In the past, specially in the small towns, was very common for a family to bake its own bread at home, nowadays this custom is almost disappeared, as the people prefer to buy bread made by professional in the bakery shops. Neverthless, as the bread price increase day after day, i suspect  that  more and more people are rediscovering the joy of baking theyr bread at home.
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Today i want to share my homemade bread with you. All you need is wheat flour, water, yeast, salt, sugar and a little of beer, and you will be able to bake your own bread at home.

A knead machine may replace your hands pretty well and  will make it easier(specially if you are lazy like me;)) and a wood-fired brick oven will bake your bread much more delicious.

P.S.: if you want to get more informations about italian bread traditions an interesting link here: http://garrubbo.com/types-of-italian-bread/

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The dough already start to leaven while it's still inside the knead machine
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Shape the dough in your favourite bread shape and let the yeast works and leaven it
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Baking now, we just have to wait. Sit down, let's have a drink, but dont forget to check your bread once in a while.
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Our freshly-baked bread. Just cut a slice and pour a drizzle of extravirgin olive oil on it while it's still warm. Enjoy!
 
Hello dear friends!

Spring time has already came with its blooming flowers and plenty of fresh vegetrables.

Now is time for us to harvest broad beans and peas and to plant tomatoes, zucchini and green beans that will harvest in summer.Here some photos to share the fresh and sweet spring time feeling with you.

Enjoy...
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Broad beans and peas plants are ready to harvest!
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Peas plant
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Broad beans
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Tender and fresh broad beans
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Beautiful peas plant
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Sweet peas like beautiful pearl
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Ear of wheat
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Tomato's baby plant, waiting to grown up in summer
 
Cari amici,

L'azienda agricola Masseria Civitella coglie l'occasione per ringraziarvi e augurare a tutti voi un felice e sereno 2012.


Dear Customer and Friends,

Masseria Civitella wish you all an happy and peaceful 2012! My sincere thanks to all of you!

Best Regards,
Masseria Civitella

 
Cari Amici,

Siamo felici di condividere con voi il nostro nuovo extravergine ancora fresco di molitura.

Si tratta di un blend tra le varietà coratina e picholine,  caratterizzato da un bel colore verde opaco,da sentori fruttati ed erbacei, suggestioni di mandorla e carciofo e da piacevoli note piccanti ed amarostiche.

Dear Friends,

We are happy to share our new extravirgin olive oil, fresh from the mill, with you.
We have a blend of two cultivars here: Coratina and picholine.

The extravirgin is characterized by a beautiful dull green coulor ,with herbaceous and fruity  hints, suggestions of almond and artichoke, and pleasant spicy  and bitter notes.

Enjoy it!

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Dear Friends,

Hello! The olive harvest at Masseria Civitella has already started!

This is an outstanding year for our olives! A long and dry summer preserved us from the olive fruit fly attack, so our trees grow plenty of beautiful and healty olives that will give us an excellent extravirgin oil! Enjoy our new oil enjoy soon!

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Beautiful mature olives will give a fresh and well rounded olive oil

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Fresh olives harvested directly from the tree.

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Harvested olives ready for the mill!

 
Apulia region has a ancient and singular home-made pasta tradition. "Cavatiedde", "Friciddate","Recchjetedde" are just few of the vernacular names we use for our home-made shapes, and their sound remind us of ancient way of the apulian people  to prepare their own pasta at home.

Orecchiette is one of the most famous apulian home-made pasta. The name comes from the shape which reminds a small ear. Orecchiette are made with durum wheat, water and salt. To shape the little ears need to use a knife to rub the little piece of dough on the wooden rolling board. 
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Orecchiette con le cime di rapa
Orecchiette are combined with broccoli rabe and anchovies fillets in one of the most delicious apulian recipe. Then we also use to prepare Orecchiette with tomato sauce(with or without meat) mixed with spicy  "Ricotta"  cheese, with "Pecorino" cheese or salted "Ricotta" cheese sprinkled on the top.

Nowadays  modern lifestyle changed our habits, so we use to buy pasta from the supermarket shelfs for the daily life and reserve the home-made pasta for the celebrations and special occasions to enjoy with family and friends.

Anyway I can  say  I was  lucky enough in my life to see my grandmother and my mother capable hands preparing tons and tons of home-made pasta!



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To shape the little ears need to use a knife
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Rub the little piece of dough on the rolling board
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The dough is made by durum wheatm water and salt
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Our little ears are ready , like flying saucers on parade!
 
The harvest of wine grapes in our farm has been started at this month. We start to work at 6 o'clock in the morning, because we need to escape from the hot temperature! This year our grapes grow very healthy, they look like a string of purple pearls.
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Our workers are working hard in the vineyards.
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Some beautiful "Primitivo" grapes, ready to harvest!
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Syrah grapes, will give deep purple colour wine!
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Malvasia Bianca grapes, have the colour of gold!
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And now soon to the wine factory, i think will have a great quality Primitivo wine this year!
 
Dear Friends and Customers,

We are happy to see you all here. I am Saverio, I run "Masseria Civitella" with my father together! We want to share our farm life and funny things with you here.  

We love our territory, our culture and tradition. Here, we will share news about our farm, beautiful olive trees, delicious olive oil, wine grapes, besides, we would also love to share things about  food, recipes, beautiful landscape and all other things about Italy. Hope you will like our blog!

Buona Giornata!

The smell of summer

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zucchine are very delicious in summer!
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Figs are one of the delicious fruit in Apulia in summer, we use to sun-dry its to enjoy its also out of summer :)
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Sun-dried tomatoes, a typical ingredient of Apulian cuisine, and it is delicious too!