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Sun dried Tomatoes

Tomato Passata sauce, part 1

Tomato Passata sauce, part 2

”Nothing ventured ,nothing gained “

Essence

Essence

 

 

Two months ago I was asked by my friend  Velia if I would like to enter the Risate e Risotti  cooking competition for food bloggers .  The idea of the competition was to create a dish using rice as the main ingredient and to send in a photo of your creation.

The event is [...]

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A Bitto taste.

Vertical Bitto cheeses

Vertical Bitto cheeses

 

 

A couple of days ago my friend Rita sent  an email asking if I wanted to attend a wine tasting near Terni. Wines  from Valtellina  in northern Italy combined with a Vertical Cheese tasting.  Si grazie , of course, I said to her!!

What is  a vertical cheese tasting , you might [...]

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Ungrateful guests

Green Tagliatelle made with parsley served with a aubergine pesto

Green Tagliatelle made with parsley served with a aubergine pesto

 

 

While on my morning run today I met Salvatore , a very fit 80 year old ,he was busy pruning his olive trees. Ciao -I said- would you mind if I bring my car later and  load up with some of your cut olive branches for [...]

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New roommates...

Tortelloni filled with Buffalo mozzarella foam , served with Broccoli cream ,a dash of sun dried tomatoes and fresh anchovies paste .

Tortelloni filled with Buffalo mozzarella foam , served with Broccoli cream ,a dash of sun dried tomatoes and fresh anchovies paste .

 

I wish I could say that I made this Tortelloni dish using only the eggs laid by our new chickens! Unfortunately that`s not the case. But let’s start from the beginning.

As [...]

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Buon Natale!!!

A Pearl of Fish fillet with radicchio , semi mature goat cheese and raisins.

A Pearl of Fish fillet with radicchio , semi mature goat cheese and raisins.

 

They say time flies when you’re having fun . So , I must of been having a whale of a time because this year has gone by extremely fast . Thinking about it , it has been pretty enjoyable . [...]

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Perfetti with pasta or risotto !!

Tagliatelle and wild mushrooms

Tagliatelle and wild mushrooms

 

 

The other morning as I was making the coffee ,Nick who had been outside letting our goat Hilda  into the field, came running in ,grabbed a basket , a knife and hurried back out . Five minutes later he returned with a mountain of wild mushrooms. Fantastico ! Especially as [...]

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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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Busicchi !??

Busicchi

Busicchi

 

This Sunday for the first time in my life, I ate  Busicchi.    In our village they are considered to be the best part of a pig. A real delicacy. If you’re wondering what they might be , you’ll probably be surprised to hear that they’re actually the dried skin of the intestines .
 In [...]

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NO food, NO photo, NO party!!

Cannolo with Baccalà

Cannolo with Baccalà

Hi, sorry for the delay.

Firstly, for those who thought my absence  was the dramatic consequence of  my failing the exam ……… NNOOOOO don’t  worry everything  was fine. Done! and now I am ready to face the second level of the Sommelier course.
  The truth is that I could not put [...]

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An empty beach, two hungry day trippers and a dog in shock!!

Octopus risotto

Octopus risotto

After spending three weekends locked inside the house,  trying to keep warm and stay dry , a certain amount of cabin fever was setting in . Then Saturday morning we woke up to  SUN. It ‘s amazing how the sun affects my mood and energy , so we  decided to make a [...]

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Discovering Salento

Orecchiette and Minchiareddhi pasta with ricotta forte

     

Orecchiette and Minchiareddhi pasta with ricotta forte

Four years have passed since my good friend Cecilia decided to leave Rome and move to Salento in the region of Puglia. Geographically speaking the heel of Italy. A land  I knew little about before . Puglia is known for its beautiful beaches,  Baroque architecture , the [...]

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Delight your palate and fill up your belly.

Spaghetti aglio olio e peperoncino

Spaghetti aglio olio e peperoncino

There are days , even if it doesn’t  happen very often ,when  I just can’t be bothered to cook! Yesterday was one of those days.   I think it’s fare, don’t you ? Because to be honest sometimes we all feel a little bit lazy and the idea to go [...]

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Green for hope !

spinach and ricotta cheese gnocchi

spinach and ricotta cheese gnocchi

While I was making these gnocchi, a big storm with wind and rain came crushing down outside my window. The fireplace was on, and although it was only early afternoon it seemed late at night. So in my kitchen the atmosphere was quite depressing . To make matters worse [...]

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Not very stylish in appearance ..but great in substance!

Porcini mushrooms fry.

Porcini mushrooms fry.

 We drove an eight hour round trip from Umbria to Abruzzo. The olive harvest was good, my parents  produced 58 liters of  EVO oil. MAMMA MIA  with all this olive oil we could probably  shower in it! Nick and I  also received a wonderful gift … 2 young  Ascolana Olive trees! [...]

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Can I get the notes right?

pecorino cheese in black sesame roll

pecorino cheese in black sesame roll

This weekend I was a very good student!! But let start from the beginning. Do you remember that not long ago, I wrote about the course as a sommelier? OOhh..AAHH .. yes indeed, you’ll say … how is it going? So, I would say that I am [...]

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