wild fennel and cucumber soup

cold wild-fennel and cucumber soup

August is a long, slow month in Umbria. Most of the world seems to be somewhere else. Italians flock to the beach and everybody else believes it’s not a good time to be here so it’s very quiet here on our magical mountain. Every evening at sunset we sit on the terrace with a glass of beer – we love craft beers recently – and … Continue reading cold wild-fennel and cucumber soup

Umbrian-style panzanella salad

If you ask a food writer who is worth her(his) salt what “authentic” Italian food really is, she will tell you that “authentic” in food does not exists. However, millions of people visit Italy every year not only for its many cultural treasures but to experience the true, original Italian cuisine. So often I have heard sentences like “pasta is so much better here” or … Continue reading Umbrian-style panzanella salad

chocolate hazelnut bacio gelato

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 90 years, represents a standard of Italian elegance in the … Continue reading chocolate hazelnut bacio gelato

vitello tonnato: beef in tuna sauce

This recipe is the gastronomic demonstration of the Aristotelian pronouncement that “there is no great genius without a mixture of madness”. Tuna on veal is pure genius. As crazy as it must sound to some of you, a fish based sauce on beef is a marriage made in heaven, it totally works. In fact, it’s been working for a long time as this famous Piedmontese appetizer … Continue reading vitello tonnato: beef in tuna sauce

green ravioli with zucchini, ricotta, lemon-butter and honey

I fell in love with colored pasta this summer. May be because I have had so many adorable children taking part at our cooking classes. They love surprises. I have had giggling babies who obviously did not cook but seeemed to enjoy every minute of the action. One slept peacefully in a sling on the back of his mum while she was rolling the pasta. … Continue reading green ravioli with zucchini, ricotta, lemon-butter and honey