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Tomato Passata sauce, part 1

Tomato Passata sauce, part 2


Pleased to be home


A week or so  ago  on a sunny morning I left my lovely farmhouse in Umbria and flew to London. There I joined my good friend Lorna to take part in what was for us a new venture . It involved  running a number of Pop Up Cookery Classes at a new location in town. It was in fact a beautiful Kitchen Show Room in Balham, south London. All new equipment and plenty of space for people to enjoy and join in a bit of Italian cooking action.It was such a great pleasure and just  perfect !!!

Not only did I meet some lovely new people but I also was very happy to see old foodie friends there too. It was a great success and we have already been asked  to return next November !! SUPER
I will also like to thank you Adam Regala for the London pictures.

London POP UP COOKING CLASS , Pictures by Adam Regala


On top of all that we also had few more workshops in Lorna’s kitchen….… to be honest with you, I am starting to feel very at home in her kitchen and tend to think of it as being a bit mine as well. Together we started the Sagraincasa London project a year ago and I must say i am so happy with the result. Working with a good friend who is also an expert chef, is for me, a real joy.
Then after being busy busy with the pots and pans it was time for a bit of retail therapy like SHOPPING IN COVENT GARDEN. After a visit to my favourite hairdresser  Lorna took me to a Nails Caffe to have my nails done…… I am 43 years old and have never had my nails done before !!! ). Signori and Signore A NEW WOMAN !!
So here I am, all prettied up, boarding my flight back home, excited to be seeing Nick.
We drove back home from Orvieto station and started our evening with a bottle of Planeta wine as an aperitif in the garden. The fragrance of the flowers and the cut grass was in the air and the sunset was just perfect. We continued the evening with some Calamari and a salad…. MAMMA MIA I thought, this is what I call a good Welcome Home !
The next morning as I`m reclining in my bed gazing out of the open window with the soft morning sun filtering through, Nick comes up the stairs with a beautiful Cappuccino……………………… and a list as long as your arm of jobs waiting for my attention like —- planting zucchini, aurbagine, salads etc etc , repainting the kitchen etc etc and on and on. Non of them, my friend, bonding well with artistically  painted nails and beautiful hair………is the party over I ask myself. But seriously you know what , I AM SO HAPPY TO BE BACK HOME in the countryside and THIS is the best time ever to be here, the green is super green and the aroma of spring/summer its everywhere.
PLUS this weekend I will be part of a team that is organising the S.Isidoro Festa , a BIG event in the Village of Allerona, so if you are around try to pop in for a glass of wine, some local delicious food, dancing and fun. ITS ALL HAPPENING HERE IN THE COUNTRY SIDE.

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