Do you remember passionately wanting a unique Christmas gift as a child? One of my first gift-related memories is about wishing a blue teddy bear for Christmas. It must have been 1971 or 72. I even had in mind the exact shade of powder blue I still adore. I have always been a bit odd. I… Continue reading spiced almond biscotti with candied orange and figs
When I was a child in the late 1960s many homes, including the one of my Umbrian grandmother, didn’t have an oven and took their bread to the bakery for cooking. Easter was an especially busy time, with women preparing Torta di Pasqua, a leavened cheese bread traditionally served for our hearty Easter breakfast. In… Continue reading Torta di Pasqua, an Umbrian Easter bread
If you see where I live, atop a magical mountain in a rural area of Italy, you will find it quite surprising that anyone finds me at all. And it’s probabaly even more surprising that myself and my family can make a living with our B&B and cooking classes. Mysteries of the internet, most likely.… Continue reading how I got to be on TV
Peace and love to you all! Letizia and family at Alla Madonna del Piatto Assisi.
Weeks ago I received an email from a woman stating the following: “we considered staying at your B&B for our holidays but we have read on your blog that you are planning to renovate the new part of the house and we are afraid the works will disturb us during our stay”. Indeed last May,… Continue reading if only she knew….
Today it’s a turning point in my life. I have been waiting for this since 26 December 1996. On that day Ruurd, my husband, and I walked to the top of our beautiful hill in the snow. Here we fell in love with the incredible views of Assisi and the surrounding countryside. Despite the dilapidated… Continue reading it’s finally my turn: I own a castle and I will even have an office
ROSE LIQUEUR In my previous life I used to trap smells. As a profession. I used to collected the elusive aroma of plants with complicated glass vessels and solvent washes. I used the resulting extracts to test their behavior modifying effects. Capturing scents is science and art at the same time. A scent has to… Continue reading liquore di rose