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Sun dried Tomatoes

Tomato Passata sauce, part 1

Tomato Passata sauce, part 2

A holiday is always a holiday!!

chocolate ice cream with a cappuccino cream

 

 

So , let’s talk about the weather again . After the spring coming in like a Lion ,it’s definitely going out like a Lamb. I was so ready for the summer that I decided to make some ice-cream. Always the optimist…. Because of the unusual warmth before [...]

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The beauty of a Sunday Lunch.

Tomato jelly with parmesan mousse and pumpkin seeds.

Tomato jelly with parmesan mousse and pumpkin seeds.

 

 

Unfortunately Sunday was not particularly warm, so although the Supper Club started with an aperitif in the garden we decided to continue on the large table in the house. As a surprise for my guests I planned to greet them on their arrival with a small glass of tomato jelly with parmesan [...]

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Not guilty.

cooked wild garlic

cooked wild garlic

 

 

As I have said before, Italians love to use two topics to start a conversation:  the weather and food. To prove this point  I want you to know that, first, here in Umbria, it`s finally pouring with rain and second , just before the start of this storm Nick and I were able to recognize and [...]

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Look out ,Orvieto!

Parmigiana

Parmigiana

 

 

“We are a group of girls” she said ,” do you think we could come to you for a cooking class?” Victoria was the girl I meet first by email ,her job was to organize this BIG cooking class for 24 girls from the UK,Hong Kong, New York, Austrailia, Dubai and Sweden!! “We are [...]

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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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Whatever the weather!

red pepper sorbet

red pepper sorbet

 

 

This last week has been really tough. More and more snow has meant we have been unable to interact with the outside world. It’s been 14 days where the snow has completely ruled our daily activities. But we`ve done very well and  survived without killing each other ! (Happy S. Valentine’s day!)

 

 

We do [...]

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A once in a lifetime experience.

Ricotta and aubergine cannelloni

Ricotta and aubergine cannelloni

Last night on the eve of my birthday, Nick asked me if I had any special wishes . Well, to tell you the truth, I did have one… Snow !!! And lots of it. That wish came true this morning.  I couldn’t believe it , we opened the shutters [...]

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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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The parties over!!

Black pasta made with coffee served with a walnut cream and a dash of Whisky

Black pasta made with coffee served with a walnut cream and a dash of Whisky

Yesterday, in Italy, the Christmas holidays were officially over. On January the 6, Epiphany day ,it is  tradition for a witch with cape and broom to bring lots of sweets to the children (if they were good during the [...]

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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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Not for your average Wolf !!!

Small knots of green paste made with parsley, filled with chestnut and ricotta cheese and served with  Pioppini mushrooms .

Small knots of green paste made with parsley, filled with chestnut and ricotta cheese and served with Pioppini mushrooms .

A few  weeks  ago, on a beautiful  Autumn afternoon ,we went to meet our good friend Fumo .  He had kindly offered to introduce us to some other local people who kept goats. Our [...]

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If it works don’t change it !

Etruscan soup

Etruscan soup

 

Thursday afternoon I was in  total panic, but let me start from the beginning . Some time ago I had been contacted to do a cooking class for a group of American students. The idea was to  cook some  local old recipes linked to the region . Great I thought and [...]

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Happy birthday Jackie !

Jackie's pumpking soap

Jackie's pumpking soup

 

This week has  been once  again  full of activate . First off, we had the olives to pick . Two days of intensive  labor . Thanks to our friends and family we managed to pick a bumper crop ( 450 kg ), which we hope when crushed will give us about [...]

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From Allerona to Missouri

Ravioli filled with pumpkin, ricotta cheese amaretti biscuits and nutmeg, served in butter and sage

Ravioli filled with pumpkin, ricotta cheese amaretti biscuits and nutmeg, served in butter and sage

I am very sorry if you have been worrying about what has happened to me but the last week has been very hectic ( no we haven’t left the hand brake off the car again and no there hasn’t [...]

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Car trouble

Strozzapredi pasta with chestnuts cream and black truffle

Strozzapredi pasta with chestnut cream and black truffle

 

On Sunday morning it was my turn to open the barn door for Hilda and make coffee for us. The sky was a deep blue and the air fresh and clean. It seemed the beginning of a fantastic day. Then all of a sudden I realized [...]

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