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Sun dried Tomatoes

Tomato Passata sauce, part 1

Tomato Passata sauce, part 2

Buon Natale!!!

A Pearl of Fish fillet with radicchio , semi mature goat cheese and raisins.

A Pearl of Fish fillet with radicchio , semi mature goat cheese and raisins.

 

They say time flies when you’re having fun . So , I must of been having a whale of a time because this year has gone by extremely fast . Thinking about it , it has been pretty enjoyable . [...]

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Brass Monkey’s

Chestnut mousse

Chestnut mousse

Officially winter begins in December .  Not that I have to look at a calendar to realize that . I can pretty much guess by the amount of clothing Nick and I are wearing around the house . Over the last couple of months , the layers we’ve been rapping ourselves in [...]

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'Miaou'

chicken mediterraneo 1s

Mediterranean Chicken

Hi Simona what is boiling in the pot? This is the message I received yesterday from a reader of the blog! And so here I am to write a few lines about what has been happening. To explain things in order I will say: Cooking, drinking and studying, but let’s go step [...]

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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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Older and wiser.

chicken breast with a pesto pocket wrap in ham

chicken breast with a pesto pocket wrap in ham

 

The weather here in Umbria is still very beautiful , the sun is still hot and we haven`t had any rain for days and days  , it’s amazing when I think that this time last year we had started to light the fire in the [...]

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Each to their own..

almond and hazelnut gluten free chocolate cake

almond and hazelnut gluten free chocolate cake

 

In ten days time we start to harvest our grapes ,we hope we will be helped by many of our friends  and family who will also bring their children, so I thought I’d do a little  practice and make this chocolate cake.
I need practice because … if [...]

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Everything’s peachy.

peach jam

peach jam

 

At long last our little peach tree has produced some fruit, fine, large, ripe peaches with lovely red pulp,  how amazing is that? For the next week Nick and I were eating four or five peaches a day sometimes  sipping a little white wine with the peaches sliced in the glass( very [...]

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This house is not a hotel!!

Red chilies from my vegetable garden

Red chilies from my vegetable garden

 Ciao everyone, no I haven`t won the lottery and escaped to exotic horizons (I wish ) or been the typical Italian and when August came  closed everything down to go on vacation for a month !!!!! Yes, yes if only…..although  the second option is closer to reality….. I [...]

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It pays to go local.

Squid in orange and lemon dressing

Squid in orange and lemon dressing

 

No matter where we live, we all have our favorite store: be it a baker, butcher or  ice cream palour. Even in my little world in the middle of Umbria, I also have my preferred shops. And today I ‘d like to tell you about a small store [...]

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Quality Time

Pancetta parcels with aspargus and goat cheese

Pancetta parcels with aspargus and goat cheese

 

This morning I woke up feeling full of energy and thought today I must  spend some “quality time” in my beloved vegetable garden! The tomato and cucumber plants have grown so much they need to be staked for support. Clearly, the soil needed be dug to [...]

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Double trouble

Clams and Asparagus risotto

Clams and Asparagus risotto

 

Earlier this week we finally  decided to make an important investment, a new oven. It would seem an easy thing to do, but  believe me after days of researching on sizes, different techniques of cooking and of course … .. the cost ..for two nights I  even dreamt about [...]

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Free Pass.

chicken liver cooked with cherries and balsamic vinegar

 

chicken liver cooked with cherries and balsamic vinegar

 

At last it`s here, it`s cherry time, I love them! Unfortunately if you go to the market you find them at 3.80 euro for kilo, even when they are in full season , I do not understand this !!!!!  

Anyway, lucky us , we have a free [...]

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IN THE NAME OF DEDICATION

fillet of veal with goat cheese and fresh herbs

fillet of veal with goat cheese and fresh herbs

 

Did we finish with the paint? No, of course not, actually we didn’t even start. Nick, very conveniently was sent to Greece. I was very jealous thinking of him tucking in to all that yummy food.  But I had to laugh when he phoned me [...]

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Lost in Umbria!

lamb chop with wild fennel and caramelized lemon

lamb chop with wild fennel and caramelized lemon

Hello, how are you? Everything is good here. The sun is hot and the hills are deep green. Amazing, the month of May is definitely the best time of the year for the countryside. An explosion of colors and scents. It puts me in good spirits [...]

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