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Bruschetta Ricotta Scante and chopped tomato



Exercising and playing a sport gives you a wonderful healthy feeling, taking  time off to take care of yourself works wonders and also, if like me ,you love food, it can help burn off those extra calories. But it doesn’t end there.

Twice a week I try to attend a spinning class held at the local gym which is  under a food store about 20 km away from my house .After a while I began to notice that the main topic of conversation in the female changing room was FOOD , not just exchanging recipes but also keeping  up to date with what and where the new local food event will be !!

But then it got even better …..just before Easter , the conversation  moved onto  cheese …. I was talking to a nice lady called  Pamela and it turned out she was originally from Puglia. The first thing that came to my mind was…………RICOTTA  SCANTE  CHEESE (a lovely strong cheese that you can only get in Puglia) Yes, said Pamela, I love it too, would  you like me to bring some back for  you  the next time I go? YES, please, I said. So as good as her word a couple of weeks later Pamela arrived at the gym with a big jar of Ricotta Scante cheese, which she said came from a local dairy in her home village .

As soon as I got home the first thing Nick and I did was to  prepare the ricotta in one of the traditional ways they eat Ricotta Scante in Puglia .This is to spread it over toasted bread ( bruschetta) with chopped tomato and Evo oil . ABSOLUTELY OUT OF THIS WORLD

I couldn’t wait to thank Pamela, so the next  day I returned to the gym with a jar of pure truffles (made by a small family business in Abruzzo, near the small village where my father was born). She and her husband set to and made some tagliatelle with them, she said it was really lovely.
Last week Pamela and I met up again at the spinning class ,and  she said the next time she returns  from Puglia she will bring me some of her Mammas hand-made Orecchiette pasta,” it’s amazing” she said.    I have had to think long and hard about what I can barter for this  Orecchiette  and have decided on  my very good (so I’m told ) homemade peach jam this time………………… MY GOD, what can I  say …..except I love going to the gym, wouldn’t you?

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