Looking in my agenda I’ve noticed that only 2 weeks are missing to my “summer break”.
If the weather stays like it is now, it will be 2 very hot and sweaty weeks 🙂
We were all complaining about the rain and the cold winds blowing and now we find ourselves
complaining about the heat and the burning sun.
Never satisfied are we?? 😀
In the last two weeks I have been doing extra walks with guest from my hotels.
Last tuesday we walked from Garda to a wine cellar Cantina Cà Bottura, had some (a lot) of wine tasting and then slowly went back down in Bardolino.
They liked it very much and this is something I would like to introduce in next years walking programs.
The walk is not hard at all, you do some climbing in the beginning starting in the center of Garda and the heading for the Rocca,
but the view from up there, well pays your efforts.
Then you just stroll back down, ending in Bardolino.
Quick, easy and lovely! 🙂
This week I had 4 guest that wanted to do some tougher trekking.
My first idea was to take them from Valfredda to Telegrafo, but that would have been to long trip for them staying in Malcesine.
So I decided for Castelletto – Le Cà – Campo – Castelletto.
This is such a beautiful old mule path to follow. It is the old mule road Castelletto – Prada.
It takes you quickly and steeply up to over 600m t where you pass
the little hamlet of Le Cà – The Houses/Homes (Cà is a shortcut for casa – house/home).
I adore this place. It is left more or less the way it was, some houses are renovated others are original like the little church of San. Francesco.
We usually stop for a break sitting on the bench beneath admiring the lake under our feet.
Like the other times I have some difficulties getting through the woods going down from Monte Biasi.
I must decide to bring a garden scissor to cut my way out, this time it was even more difficult,
because of the rain that had made everything grow abundantly.
We had to slide under rusty barbed wire and scratch ourselves through blackberry bushes.
Then we come out on the other old steep mule road that takes you from Marniga to Prada.
Here on the way back you pass an other adorable hamlet, Campo.
It is only 7 years I do these walks and I have passed Campo countless times. But believe me when I say it is like the first time every time.
And now every time I pass, I see the progress of the renovation they are doing. Look, now you can see the “castle” in back, once all hidden by English Ivy.
Potato sallad -Insalata di patate
boiled cold potatoes
white natural soy yogurt
red onion (Tropea)
It is very important that you need cold potatoes, they are much easy to cut in cubes, and will not mash.
I washed my capers and gherkins under running cold water to skip most of the salt.
In a bowl put the onion(s) cut in very tiny slices, the capers (chopped if you prefer), the chopped gherkins and the cut dill and chives.
Mix and then add the yogurt, mustard and horseradish.
Mix and taste. Add more from whatever you think is missing and when you like the sauce, add the potato cubes.
Mix all well and let rest in the fridge for an hour or so before serving, just before putting the bowl on the table
add some more cut dill.
This week we are hosted by Martissima di Mangiare è come viaggiare
Thanks to, Kalyn di Kalyn’s Kitchen for this lovely idea and
Haalo,Cook (almost) anything at least once for managing successfully this event.
And also for giving me the opportunity to manage the Italian Version of WHB.