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Doors of Montepulciano and Tuscan Style-Peas

I love old doors. Absolutely love them. πŸ™‚

One of my favorite things in Italy is the abundance of beautiful old doors set in crumbling stone walls weathered by centuries of sun and wind.

The town of Montepulciano is no exception. While there for my brother’s wedding I loved heading up to this lovely old town to wander the streets with my family, eating gelato and popping into any little shop that took our fancy.

We explored hidden alleys, jostled to take pictures of laundry billowing in the wind, and sighed in unison as we glimpsed old churches, beguiling cafes, and adorable dogs waiting patiently for their owners.

After our wanderings we were famished, so we scoured various alleys to find the perfect restaurant for lunch. We found one tucked away in a darkened doorway and happily perused the menu. I was craving vegetables so I ordered grilled chicory and delicious Tuscan-style peas cooked with bacon and onions.

When I got back to Amsterdam I was missing Italy so much I had to recreate the peas. Bacon in Italy is nothing like the bacon we’re used to in Canada and America. It is more akin to the Canadian Bacon we’re used to seeing on pizza, much leaner and usually round instead of in strips.

It’s such a simple dish to make. Heat olive oil in a pan, fry the onions and bacon, add the peas and heat through. Add a bit of salt and pepper and you’re done!

I love it. πŸ™‚ A little bit of Italy that cheers up a stormy day in Amsterdam.

What is your favorite vegetable dish?

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Rajasthan Tours - gorgeous ..all pictures very beautifulΒ 

Rajasthan Tours Operator - this is really so amazing these pics are so good to watch

Krista - Thank you, Katie! πŸ™‚ Bacon and onion make veggies absolutely divine. πŸ™‚

Krista - I’ve never been to Sardinia, Angela, but I sure would love to. πŸ™‚

Krista - Thank you, Erin. πŸ™‚ I do love color, especially in unexpected places. πŸ™‚

Katie@Cozydelicious - I love your obsession with doors!Β  Such fantasstic photos.Β  And those peas sound so simple and tasty.Β  How can you go wrong with bacon and onions?Β 

Angela - Beautiful pictures, so typical Italy! Have you visited Sardinia? I bet you would go crazy with the local food πŸ˜‰

erin - I absolutely love your eye for color. Β It seems as though you see the world so vividly. Β thank you for sharing!

Krista - I sure do, dear Linda. πŸ™‚ You live in an amazing country. πŸ™‚

LindyLouMac in Italy - Now I think you understand why I love Italian doors as well.

Krista - Mmm, peas with butter sound SO good on this rainy night. πŸ™‚

Andrea and John - Eggplant is my absolute fav but I adore peas as well – those look divine! I usually just have them with a little butter…

Krista - Thank you, Jenny πŸ™‚ I would love to know their stories as well – can you imagine how many have over all these hundreds of years? πŸ™‚

jenny@atasteoftravel - Great photos. I love taking photos of doorways as well. If only they could tell their stories

Krista - Ohhh, I love roasted beets too, Val! πŸ™‚ Mmm, especially with creamy chevre and some fresh orange segments. I think a journey is in order too! πŸ™‚

bellini - Since fall is coming I would have to say my favourite veggie dish is roasted beets. I love old doors and windows. I think a journey is in order.

Krista - Me too! πŸ™‚ Ooo, broccoli corn fry sounds amazing. πŸ™‚

Krista - They are lovely things, aren’t they, Ayngelina? πŸ™‚

a spoonful of yumm - lovely doorways…i love old world charm πŸ™‚ among vegetables, broccoli corn fry is my fav

Ayngelina - I love doors too! I have far too many photos of them.

Krista - I’m so glad you like them, William. πŸ™‚ I love sharing these beautiful places. πŸ™‚

William Stoneman - Beautiful scenes….you are so wonderful to share with us.Β  Thank you.Β 

Krista - Thank you, Rosa. πŸ™‚ They make me happy too. πŸ™‚

Krista - I think so too! πŸ™‚ So glad you like them. πŸ™‚

Rosa May - Beautiful doors, place and peas! I would love to go there to take pictures of those doors.



Baker Street - There is just so much character in them. Lovely clicks K!Β 

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