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Sun dried Tomatoes

Tomato Passata sauce, part 1

Tomato Passata sauce, part 2

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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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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The story came home to roost !

Pumking cheese cake

Pumking cheese cake

 

Some of you may remember a story we put on our blog a couple of years ago about Nick’s mum Jackie knitting vests for rescued battery chickens who had pulled their feathers out through stress and  boredom.

Well the story has come home to roost !

 

Umbrian autumn views

 

As you know we [...]

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We eat more than the boys !!

Peach Panna cotta

Peach Panna cotta

 

 

People can be amazing, in just a few days we had more than a dozen volunteers all wanting to come and help us with our grape harvest, we really cannot thank you all enough for such a fantastic response.
Some of the girls wishing to take part in the harvest decided, along with [...]

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September The Harvest , here we are again ! ROLL UP ROLL UP

Pan brioche made with gorgonzola cheese and merlot grapes

Pan brioche made with gorgonzola cheese and merlot grapes

 

 

How can the months pass so quickly ? can it really be that time of year again when, here in my little corner of Umbria, friends , neighbors and  farmers, in fact it seems just about everybody, is busy checking and discussing the amount of [...]

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It’s just NOT normal!

Scrambled eggs with Parmesan cheese

 

 

 

For the life of me I`m really pushed at the moment to understand why people say:“go and live in the countryside and live and enjoy a really peaceful, calm lifestyle”
What Crap!
For example lets start with last Thursday, while enjoying a quiet afternoon in Orvieto where I had an appointment, I suddenly [...]

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A great idea blossomed!

Parmesan biscuits with homemade black olives, top up with  sweet and sour onion and fresh thyme

Parmesan and black olives biscuits, topped with sweet and sour red onion and a pinch of thyme

 

 

To say my week started benissimo is an understatement ,  this is not just because the sun has finally decided to arrive in Umbria but mainly because this morning I  had the pleasure and honor of cooking [...]

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Another local TREASURE

Handmade sausage, served on a white bean truffle puree and Porcini mushrooms

Handmade sausage, served on a white bean truffle puree and Porcini mushrooms

 

 

“Ciao Simona,”said my friend Eva “ unfortunately today we have to slaughter one of our pigs, and I`m just calling to ask if you would like to come over on Sunday afternoon  to help us make some sausages?”…………………..
Well that`s how it all [...]

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What a diplomatic fan I have!

Homemade squid ink Tagliatelle served with sea food

Homemade squid ink Tagliatelle served with sea food

 

Il Palazzo del Gusto, situated in the former convent of San Giovanni in Orvieto, is an organization which promotes the very best of typical Umbrian products. The very name Palazzo del Gusto means “ Palace of Taste”.  Several fantastic associations such as the Slow Food Association, [...]

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A bit Psycho!

Homemade Ravioli filled with a jelly pecorino cheese and served with  broad beans, drops of honey and a  crunchy corn pastry

Homemade Ravioli filled with a jelly pecorino cheese and served with broad beans, drops of honey and a crunchy corn pastry

 

 

In the middle of last week I discovered that a big and important exhibition / display  was to be held at the weekend in a village near us. This was to be a [...]

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Sweet Friends

Lamb chops with an artichoke sauce

Lamb with artichoke drops

 

 

How is your winter going? Here in Umbria the weather is fairly good , yes days are wet and gray but we can’t really complain after all it is still winter, right?
These  months, when you live in the countryside, are always very slow and boring. Each day starts with taking [...]

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A man’s game.

Chocolate tagliatelle served with a spicy wild board sauce

Chocolate tagliatelle pasta served with a spicy wild board sauce

After about three months the hunting season is now almost over and most of the Allerona’s hunters will  have their freezers full of wild boar meat and jugs of sauces to go with this meat have been prepared and are [...]

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Pretty Pretty Good!

Chocolate and gelatin pear dessert served with coffee cream.

Chocolate and gelatin pear dessert served with coffee cream.

 

 

After a fun filled hectic Christmas spent with family and friends Nick and I decided we would have a quiet New Years eve with a good dinner, maybe watch a movie and then go to bed! In short, no big celebrations saving all our energy [...]

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At a Snail’s pace

Lumachelle

Lumachelle

 

 

Last weekend Orvieto  hosted a big event called “OFF” (Orvieto Food Festival ). It was advertised everywhere, even in the Vanity Far and Style Magazine! The idea was for Orvieto to show to as many people as possible all the good food and wine that is produced here. Along with tours, wine tasting and lots [...]

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