Before the images, smells and tastes become fond distant memories it is time to start wrapping up the travel tales and this will be the last food theme post for this thread.
The art of conviviality, good food and food experiences are always a big feature of our travels. We do love to eat and enjoy the beverages that accompany good food.
However, rather than sharing more great places, awesome restaurants with impressive menus and showing off about glamorous settings we ate at, I want to give a huge shout out to the wonderful food and meals shared with family and friends. It is easy to be caught up in the wonder of “eating out” – as we should, but I would be remiss to neglect the scrumptious food we shared that was prepared in home kitchens.
My cousin Maurizio and wife Antonella and two beautiful daughters shared their home table with us on numerous occasions in Lucca. Fine Italian (Tuscan) home cooking that was made even tastier (if that was possible) by the fact we were sharing the meal with family. Maurizio’s sister, my cousin Barbara, her husband Angelo and son Andrea opened up their home to welcome us to yummy home cooking at their home also. With the next generation of Cerasa kids speaking English and my limited Italian, it was not hard to share family stories, laughs and just really enjoy hanging out with the cousins.
More time with family in UK meant that quite a few meals were shared and with the finest quality produce provided by Webster Family Butchers is was a scrumptious shared table. I have talked about Kane and Carly before and their gourmet butcher in Bournemouth, England. Their passion about good quality produce meant that the meals we were treated were simply mouth-watering. Even when cooked on a BBQ, standing under an umbrella in an English downpour!
On route to Wales we stopped off to have a sleep over at the home of very dear friends. Along with the pleasure of both daughters being at home, we also were treated a super delectable vegetarian meal. I do love a well-cooked Dahl. The house was alive with great food, great company and great conversation (not to forget some awesome singing). I am sure the problems of the 21st century were solved during that evening.
Once we arrived in London we were treated again to a Sunday lunch at home with one of our favourite couples. Two young people who are very dear to us and we just love any time we share catch ups with them. Our shared meal inspired me to attempt to re-create the meal back home at PCH. Roast chicken for Sunday lunch followed by apple crumble is always yummy … in any country.
There is no doubt that we have been able to visit many wonderful eating places around the world and we do appreciate fine dining. But the love, laughter and stories around a shared table, sharing a delicious home cooked meal, is very satisfying indeed.
So it is a huge thank you to our darling family and friends, for embracing and welcoming us to your tables. We certainly look forward to returning the pleasure at Plough Creek Homestead sometime soon.
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