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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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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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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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What Sagra in Casa is all about !

Vendemmia 2013 Menu

Vendemmia 2013 Menu

 

 

Friday the 27th ,  our chosen day,  dawned bright and sunny. The sky was clear and the September sunlight was warm and generous. “Una bellissima giornata”( a beautiful day).

Even so, having  28 people turn up to help us with our harvest was incredible . They included the young students from the [...]

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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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Hey presto , I had it !

Sea bass with curry,light pesto and fresh vegetables

Sea bass with curry,light pesto and fresh vegetables.Picture by Nick Cornish

 

Ok  , I wish I could claim to be the creator of theses amazingly beautiful  dishes you can see here , but unfortunately I am not . They are the work of head chef Antonio Strammiello from the Castello di Fighine restaurant in [...]

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Wedding around Orvieto,Umbria

Wedding near Orvieto, Umbria pic by Nick Cornish

 Wedding in the Italian country style

 

 

 

If you’re planning a wedding in Italy near Orvieto, I would like to propose to you a perfect wedding in the Italian country style, in short like a SAGRA. Tables and benches, a few simple accessories for the table, food and wine in abundance, lots of fun and [...]

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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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The country King and I

Crispy potato threads, lamb and fresh spinach

 

 

Hello to you all

I know it’s been a long time, so after weeks of not only doing lots of  cooking but also working really hard in the garden, I thought it was about time I brought you up to date with what`s been happening in our very [...]

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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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Country Bumpkin

A sweet and sour beetroot risotto served with shrimp and almonds

A sweet and sour beetroot risotto served with shrimp and almonds

 

 

SURPRISE SURPRISE yes it’s me coming out of myself imposed hibernation , It ‘s been almost a month since my last story and I thought it’s about time I made contact and let our friends know we are all still alive and well.

It’s [...]

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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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