Now it’s time to start writing about food again. This is one of those recipe I make during cooking classes when we want to explore how to transform simple ingredients into a sumptuous meal. Admittedly truffle is not “simple” but you might still have a jar from your holidays in Umbria or Tuscany. If not, omit and the results will be delightful nevertheless.
I know it might seem a bit odd to publish a pickle recipe at a time of the year when everyone else is busy with cookies and panettone. But – thanks to generous friends – I have been so pumpkin and squash-rich recently, that I had to develop new ideas. After making squash soup, pumpkin…… Continue reading how to make pickled squash and other holiday edible gifts
I clearly remember the first time I have seen someone cooking pumpkin, it was in 1979. I was with my family visiting friends during a summer holiday on the magnificent Lipari island, off the coast of Sicily. A teenager girl, only a little older than myself, was frying those brilliant orange slices in olive oil. We…… Continue reading creamy pumpkin lasagna
It’s 1901 and Luisa Spagnoli – the daughter of a fishmonger – opens with her husband a small confectionery business in the center of Perugia. She will become one of the most eminent business persons in Italy, founder of the Perugina chocolate factory. The women’s fashion clothing brand which has her name still, after almost…… Continue reading chocolate hazelnut bacio gelato
Quick? Did I say quick? No, I didn’t. I do however say divine, comforting, luscious, creamy, heart warming. Making a good polenta is a bit like making love. Slow and careful is generally better than plasticky and prepackaged. Tubes are for losers. I mean, polenta tubes. I hate them, they taste like soap. I do…… Continue reading how to cook artisan polenta (with sausages)
What an exciting and busy time this is! Summer is finished and fall has descended on us with all its gorgeous beauty. Olive harvest is well underway. This year we are gifted by the much needed help of friends who have come all the way from Singapore for the event, how delightful! It’s a lot…… Continue reading olive oil and wine ciambelline cookies
I spent my youth in a huge house overlooking my hometown Perugia. My parents where civil servants and in their free time took care of the large garden, the olive trees and the pets. To be precise, my father took care of breeding the pets and my mother fought against the proliferation of pets. We…… Continue reading chicken alla cacciatore a.k.a hunter style “in bianco”