Back from my Tuscan travels

Well what a lovely week was had in Tuscany, Italy. We stayed with friends in an amazing farmhouse villa in the middle of nowhere. Delighted to find that ‘Nonna’, who lived next door and was an elderly, very elegant Italian grandmother, had left us a huge madeira-type cake as a welcome to our holiday home – but….. this was SO dry and was the first indication that Tuscans just don’t do luscious cakes. I spoke to a local chef, an Italian American who has lived in the region for more than 10 years about the disappointing cakes I tried in Tuscany and she agreed they were generally disappointing. She felt this might be because Tuscans have a ‘just good enough’ attitude to food – not feeling the need to add extra sugar or butter to make things taste good. Well it certainly saved me from eating extra calories last week!

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