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Sun dried Tomatoes

Tomato Passata sauce, part 1

Tomato Passata sauce, part 2

A slice of life.

Ricotta cheese and chocolate cake

Ricotta cheese and chocolate cake

 

This weekend we celebrated Nick’s birthday. Even though the actual day was Thursday ,he has decided one day is not enough . So , every year he expects birthday privileges for at least 3 day’s ( he has suggested that maybe this should be increased to a week [...]

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Come and join us.

Risotto grape and gorgonzola cheese

Risotto grape and gorgonzola cheese

 

Everywhere you go these days you’ll  see tractor  after tractor full of white grapes on the roads  and if you walk past a winery the fragrance of grape juices will fill your lungs, I love it. All around everybody talks about one thing ,THE harvest, yes  it’s that [...]

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Two for the price of one!

Bruschetta figs, pecorino cheese, hazelunts and prosciutto.

 

With  the great success of the ravioli dish I made the other day , I thought it would be a terrible shame not to  use the same ingredients: figs, hazelnuts and Pecorino cheese for another recipe and came up with the idea of a  FAST appetizer  ,because [...]

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Goat Lovers Blog!!

Ravioli stuffed with figs, pecorino cheese and chopped hazelnuts.

Ravioli stuffed with figs, pecorino cheese and chopped hazelnuts.

Before anything else, I have an important announcement to make .  Hilda our goat is back home after the terrible drama of last week .We had brought her to our garden eight years ago with the idea that she would solve the problem of keeping [...]

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Sun,sea and....Pecorino cheese!

zucchini balls

zucchini balls

Good morning, finally the big day has arrived .. we are  going on summer holiday !!!!!! Yes I know…we do  live in a place where people love to come on holiday…. but you know? .. once in a while ( 2 years !!) a little break from all these green Umbrian [...]

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Quality Time

Pancetta parcels with aspargus and goat cheese

Pancetta parcels with aspargus and goat cheese

 

This morning I woke up feeling full of energy and thought today I must  spend some “quality time” in my beloved vegetable garden! The tomato and cucumber plants have grown so much they need to be staked for support. Clearly, the soil needed be dug to [...]

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Common Passion.

Artichokes and goats cheese risotto

Artichokes and goats cheese risotto

A few months ago I was contacted by this wonderful American couple, Bill and Kristi who had discovered Orvieto years ago . They have become so in love with this small medieval town that every chance they get they come back to it. More than that , over the [...]

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Trump card

polenta pecorino cheese and peach.

polenta pecorino cheese and peach.

“Good morning to you my lovely wife” he said  “should I wait in the bed ?”  ” No it’s my turn,” I said “Come on I really don`t  fancy doing it today, if you bring the cappuccino up  this morning, I will do it for three consecutive morning ” [...]

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IN THE NAME OF DEDICATION

fillet of veal with goat cheese and fresh herbs

fillet of veal with goat cheese and fresh herbs

 

Did we finish with the paint? No, of course not, actually we didn’t even start. Nick, very conveniently was sent to Greece. I was very jealous thinking of him tucking in to all that yummy food.  But I had to laugh when he phoned me [...]

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Wish I had a magic wand.

Linguine goats cheese ,spring onios and walnuts.

Linguine goats cheese ,spring onios and walnuts.

 

Hello, the week has only just began, and already I am looking forward to the weekend! But let me start from beginning. Once upon a time……. in 2001 Nick and I  bought this derelict house in the countryside The roof needed  to be replaced, the bathroom was [...]

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Not just another plate of Ravioli !!

Ravioli filled with artichokes, pancetta and Taleggio cheese.

Ravioli filled with artichokes, pancetta and Taleggio cheese.

 

Just to confirm the theory that the Italians love pasta …. here’s another plate of ravioli! Yes, because my dear friends, when I pull out the pasta machine and start working with the flour ….. no one can stop me, I produce and produce….. and then [...]

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Lets get together !

Raviolo all'amatriciana

Raviolo all'amatriciana

 
Do you know what? Eventually it rained!

However, the first Sunday lunch of our Sagraincasa Supper Club went very well anyway . All ladies and all very nice. They were in Umbria for a hen party weekend . Lunch began with a nice cocktail under the porch in the garden, many small [...]

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Beans, peas and onion.

Solid caprese

Solid caprese

 

After consulting a  few old men from the  village and of course double checking  online, I think the weather is going to be OK. So next week we’ll start to plant something in the vegetable garden! A bit of fertilizer first ..then the last go with the cultivator and we’re ready. Green [...]

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Spring has sprung.

pecorino cheese with chili honey

pecorino cheese with chili honey

Sometimes there is no need to slave away to make a great appetizer. First class tasty ingredients will make it for you : fat black olives, slices of ​​salami (even better if it is wild boar salami) and mature pecorino cheese, accompanied, if possible, with a chili honey , [...]

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A midday treat !

Bruschetta goat cheese ,avocado and olives.

Bruschetta goat cheese ,avocado and olives.

 

The other day I was flicking  through a magazine and saw this easy recipe. Nearly all the ingredients I already had. The black olives  ( picked last October and marinated in garlic and chili) , Parsley in the garden and goats cheese in the fridge. The only things [...]

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