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Sun dried Tomatoes

Tomato Passata sauce, part 1

Tomato Passata sauce, part 2

"Message in a bottle"

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Roll up , roll up !  This must be your lucky day, no need to be pushing and shoving  there’s plenty of room for everyone.  Just when you were starting to feel miserable about the summer  coming to an end, we are here to brighten  your day.  Yes , that’s right , [...]

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The stars will begin to shine again..

Bruschetta tomatoes and mozzarella cheese

Bruschetta tomatoes and mozzarella cheese

 

We are experiencing a bit of a culture shock here In Umbria at the moment in the last 23 days we have only had about 3 days of sunshine. In fact the whole of July has been an incredibly wet month,  even as I write it’s raining outside ! [...]

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Come and pick just pick !

Spaghetti cooked in tomato water with shrimp and parsley sauce. Picture by Nick Cornish

Spaghetti cooked in tomato water with shrimp and parsley sauce

 

Yet another month has gone by since my last update on my online diary .
To maintain a technological life, isn’t always easy!  Yes, to link onto the social networks, download my instanphotos and add a few words about my dishes, that is the easy [...]

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A bit more grown up!

Lemoncello Pannacotta served with a lemon Sorbet top ,crunchy pistachio and white chocolate .

Lemoncello Pannacotta served with a lemon Sorbet top ,crunchy pistachio and white chocolate .

 

Already we`re coming to the end of May and even though Nick and I live in the quiet peaceful rolling hills situated in a corner of Umbria near Orvieto we have had a hectic time this month both work wise [...]

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MY PERSONNEL WORKLOAD

Black and white Risotto, using ink squid and a 24 month matured parmesan  cheese  for creamy risotto served with calamari and a waffle crispy parmesan.

Black and white Risotto, using squid ink and a 24 month matured parmesan cheese for a creamy risotto served with calamari and a crispy parmesan waffle.

 

I would say most people ( understandably) assume that living in these fantastic hills of Umbria we are woken each morning by a beautiful dawn chorus, well at [...]

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So many People!

Hummus and Bacclà

Hummus and Baccalà

 

Last Sunday I woke up with a really good happy feeling it was going to be one of those special days.When I opened the shutters at the kitchen window  the sun was warm and beautiful , Hilda the goat  was happy to see me ( it meant it was time [...]

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The Evil Weasel

Spaghetti cacio&pepe with a crispy egg yolk

Spaghetti cacio&pepe with a crispy egg yolk

 

Remember my last story when I got really carried away about the spring sunshine that was shining, the happy birds that were  singing , no more fires to be lit indoors etc etc etc  well forget it ,unfortunately I’m still having to plod around filling the wheelbarrow [...]

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My Super Positive Mood

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Pigeon and pancetta risotto

 

After 14 years of living in the Umbrian countryside, I still feel so happy and blessed that we were able to settle and make our home here. Yes I am a Roman and Nick a Londoner ..so we both come from pretty nice, busy towns but, in my opinion,you have [...]

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The London Experience

Myself in London pictures by Alice Dunhill

Myself in London , picture by Alice Dunhill

 

February 14th  I excitedly packed my suitcase with just a few clothes leaving plenty of room for lots of Italian goodies such as Parmesan and Pecorino cheese, Smoked Pancetta, super local Extra Virgin Olive Oil cold press from my Umbrian green hills and headed for the [...]

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WHERE AM I

Cooking Class 100% HANDS IN

Cooking Class 100% HANDS IN

 

Yesterday morning looking from my farm house in Allerona , Umbria  you couldn’t`t see the end of your nose let alone the surrounding countryside! In fact the fog was so thick and eerie it seemed like I was on a different planet, I was even a bit scared to [...]

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100% Typical Italian

Homemade Pappardelle fresh pasta served with Ragù alla Bolognese

Homemade Pappardelle fresh pasta served with Ragù alla Bolognese

 

A few days ago on my Sagraincasa Face Book page and on Twitter I announced what for me was very exciting and great news “ the Umbrian country girl chef will arrive to work in London this February “ . Mamma Mia, the positive responses [...]

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A new and solid friendship

Pigeon figs and pancetta served it with fondue potato and sweet and sour shallots

Pigeon breast,figs and pancetta served it with fondue potato and sweet and sour shallots

 

 

After exactly 13 years of living in this beautiful corner of Umbria near Orvieto, I decided the time had come for me to master the cooking and eating of a local favourite, pigeon!
You must understand that for me ,originally  a [...]

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Complete brainstorm !!

Baccalà fillet gently cooked in a spicy sausage crust  served with crispy artichoke

Baccalà fillet gently cooked in a spicy sausage crust served with crispy artichoke

 

 

Before anything else Nick and I would just like to say we hope you had a very merry Christmas and wish you all a happy and healthy New Year.

On the subject of being healthy, on the first Monday of 2014 after [...]

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The weather you would like

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Olive picking with Sagraincasa

 

Olives , bloody olives ,you never know when is the right time to pick them!
Anyway it is with great pleasure and relief I can now say, it`s done , completed, over,  IT’S FINISHED .

But let  me  start at the beginning which was over a week ago when we planned the [...]

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Work in progress !

Freshly picked mushrooms

Freshly picked mushrooms

 

 

With winter closing in and the days getting much shorter , i feel i must get a move on and finish all the jobs  we had planned for this year . Windows still to be varnished, chimneys  to be cleaned and now a new wood burning heater to be fitted . [...]

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