I was going to write about coronavirus in Italy and include a geography lesson about the Italian peninsula at the same time—where the epicentre of the disease is in the north in relation to Tuscany well to the south over the Apennine Mountains or Sardinia surrounded by sea. But before sitting down to type, I walked down the ancient cobbled mulattiera (mule track) from my village to the hamlet of Corona (total coincidence), where Marino sells eggs straight from under the chickens. It was an invigorating tonic, which banished anxiety and fears of an unknowable and menacing future. I present it to you in what can only be a dilute photographic form. I hope it will inspire you to find the tonic that works best for you.
Walking on the mulattiera you are transported to another era. Already you have left today’s world behind.
Oblivious to the panic engulfing humans, wildflowers were blooming their hearts out on the banks and between the cracks in the road. They gave me courage and joy.
I had set off from home with no intention of escaping from a confused and distraught world. I was fortunate to find something joyous to replace it with. If nature doesn’t do it for you, how about cooking your favourite food.
Accompany your meal with an awarding winning wine.
Precede it with this timely cocktail doing the rounds of social media.
|Erica Jarman invites you on inspiring culinary tours of life behind the scenes that you won't find in any guidebook — get to know the food artisans and craftspeople of Tuscany and Sardinia. Come join me and my Italian friends and dip into a lifestyle where lunch is more important than business. Find out more at Sapori e Saperi Adventures and follow Erica’s own adventures on her blog.|
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