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Sun dried Tomatoes

Tomato Passata sauce, part 1

Tomato Passata sauce, part 2

Variety is the spice of life

Mussels soutè

Mussels soutè

 

Ciao, here I am  back in Umbria ready to share  a few words and many images with  you showing what has made November an amazing month for me ,full of incredible emotions and beautiful experiences.

After flying to London for the second time this year I arrived in my “other kitchen” and with my [...]

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No olives, no harvest, no party...BUT..

Homemade ravioli stuffed with pumpkin and Saronno amaretti biscuits, served with butter and sage sauce

Homemade ravioli stuffed with pumpkin and Saronno amaretti biscuits, served with butter and sage sauce

 

It’s November and normally we are preparing for our annual olive harvest . Some friends have already sent emails asking to join us and the students from the University of Arizona in Orvieto  say they are full of energy, [...]

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“They came , they saw , but they very nearly didn’t conquer”

"Squashing down the grapes to make more room"

"Squashing down the grapes to make more room"

“They came , they saw , but they very nearly didn’t conquer”.”Never in a field of grapes have so many been picked by so few”.
Is it just me or do these comments , continuaslly made by Nick over the last few days sound familiar. In any [...]

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"Message in a bottle"

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Roll up , roll up !  This must be your lucky day, no need to be pushing and shoving  there’s plenty of room for everyone.  Just when you were starting to feel miserable about the summer  coming to an end, we are here to brighten  your day.  Yes , that’s right , [...]

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The stars will begin to shine again..

Bruschetta tomatoes and mozzarella cheese

Bruschetta tomatoes and mozzarella cheese

 

We are experiencing a bit of a culture shock here In Umbria at the moment in the last 23 days we have only had about 3 days of sunshine. In fact the whole of July has been an incredibly wet month,  even as I write it’s raining outside ! [...]

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Come and pick just pick !

Spaghetti cooked in tomato water with shrimp and parsley sauce. Picture by Nick Cornish

Spaghetti cooked in tomato water with shrimp and parsley sauce

 

Yet another month has gone by since my last update on my online diary .
To maintain a technological life, isn’t always easy!  Yes, to link onto the social networks, download my instanphotos and add a few words about my dishes, that is the easy [...]

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MY PERSONNEL WORKLOAD

Black and white Risotto, using ink squid and a 24 month matured parmesan  cheese  for creamy risotto served with calamari and a waffle crispy parmesan.

Black and white Risotto, using squid ink and a 24 month matured parmesan cheese for a creamy risotto served with calamari and a crispy parmesan waffle.

 

I would say most people ( understandably) assume that living in these fantastic hills of Umbria we are woken each morning by a beautiful dawn chorus, well at [...]

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Moving on ..

Scamorza cheese and grilled cherry tomatoes

Scamorza cheese and grilled cherry tomato

 

During a recent cooking class in the Sagraincasa kitchen , Nick had the great idea to film the lesson instead of taking pictures. This is a new experiment and we hope that you will enjoy it.

 

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The Evil Weasel

Spaghetti cacio&pepe with a crispy egg yolk

Spaghetti cacio&pepe with a crispy egg yolk

 

Remember my last story when I got really carried away about the spring sunshine that was shining, the happy birds that were  singing , no more fires to be lit indoors etc etc etc  well forget it ,unfortunately I’m still having to plod around filling the wheelbarrow [...]

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My Super Positive Mood

Picture by Nick Cornish

Pigeon and pancetta risotto

 

After 14 years of living in the Umbrian countryside, I still feel so happy and blessed that we were able to settle and make our home here. Yes I am a Roman and Nick a Londoner ..so we both come from pretty nice, busy towns but, in my opinion,you have [...]

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The London Experience

Myself in London pictures by Alice Dunhill

Myself in London , picture by Alice Dunhill

 

February 14th  I excitedly packed my suitcase with just a few clothes leaving plenty of room for lots of Italian goodies such as Parmesan and Pecorino cheese, Smoked Pancetta, super local Extra Virgin Olive Oil cold press from my Umbrian green hills and headed for the [...]

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WHERE AM I

Cooking Class 100% HANDS IN

Cooking Class 100% HANDS IN

 

Yesterday morning looking from my farm house in Allerona , Umbria  you couldn’t`t see the end of your nose let alone the surrounding countryside! In fact the fog was so thick and eerie it seemed like I was on a different planet, I was even a bit scared to [...]

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A special day shared

Spaghetti alle vongole

Spaghetti alle vongole

Yesterday morning I was woken up very early with a cup of fantastic dark coffee and  a wonderful gift  next to my pillow .There were two reasons for this, first it was very early because I had a  busy and exciting day ahead of me and the second reason IT WAS [...]

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100% Typical Italian

Homemade Pappardelle fresh pasta served with Ragù alla Bolognese

Homemade Pappardelle fresh pasta served with Ragù alla Bolognese

 

A few days ago on my Sagraincasa Face Book page and on Twitter I announced what for me was very exciting and great news “ the Umbrian country girl chef will arrive to work in London this February “ . Mamma Mia, the positive responses [...]

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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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