My name is Gilly Wright and I’m a freelance journalist, part time olive farmer and wannabe contadina living in the southern Italian region of Puglia.
A contadina is a peasant wife who prepares and preserves the food, is thrifty around the house and helps to tend the land and animals.
The reputation of a contadina’s cooking is still held in very high regard by the majority of Italians and forms the backbone of the much famed “cucina povera”. The allure of traditional cooking, using home-produced ingredients, still draws whole families from towns into the countryside each weekend.
Thanks to the enthusiastic tutelage of my, mainly octogenarian neighbours, I hope to use this blog to share some of the secrets of the contadina and hopefully give a flavour of life among the olive groves in Ceglie Messapica.