There are olive trees in our front yard here in Eggi. When we arrived, the owners had just harvested the trees to be used for oil, and had fresh oil pressed through their friends the Monini family. (Yes, the same Monini family as the oil you buy in the states). "New oil" is different than any other taste on earth. It is a huge celebration here when folks start enjoying its availability around the first of November. Hand-written signs directing you to "Olio Nuovo" for sale pop up everywhere. How convenient that this happens just before the black truffle festival. yum.
Here is a painting of the bottle of oil the owners left for us. It is GREEN when it is new, and the taste is magnificent. On a rainy day during my friend Cynthia's visit, we set up this little still life by the window, using things we found in the kitchen. After painting for about an hour, we could no longer resist the temptation and sat down with rustic Italian bread and the new oil with salt. Buon