Easter in Umbria is not for those with a delicate constitution. A cheese-egg-meat-wine-chocolate binge starts at 9 am on Easter Sunday with breakfast and ends into a food induced coma sometime at 5 pm. By then, some of the aunties are passing around giant mounds of broken chocolate eggs and slices of colomba just in…… Continue reading Bucciotto, a cheese-bread doll for Easter
Pizza night in this house never goes unnoticed. The event has been planned in advance. Most likely we have just been on a hunt for a batch of good flour or other interesting ingredients. The kitchen is populated by notebook pages scribbled with the last method I’ll be testing after much study and deliberation. The dough has…… Continue reading the secret to make better pizza is to understand your flour
Developing this recipe has been very difficult. And slow. And sometime a little discouraging. It often happens with gluten free cooking, you probably already know it. I have started to experiment with gluten-free flours sometime in 2011 and to try to make GF bread about 2 years later. In September 2013, I got the first…… Continue reading gluten free bruschetta bread (new and easier version!)
Easter 2013 You may not be the most beautiful dove but you have a sweet, buttery heart. You may not be not the softest but I have made you with stone-ground artisan flour, organic sugar and eggs, homemade candied orange peel and only 1/4 teaspoon yeast. I’ve made you with love and all the necessary time. Actually, I…… Continue reading Colomba: a traditional Italian Easter bread shaped like a dove.
Does cauliflower count for detox? That’s what we are supposed to do for at least one week in January, isn’t it? Have you done the salad treatment and figured it’s bad for you since there’s a foot of snow outside? It’s too cold for self-inflicted punishment. I am so glad is not bikini time yet.…… Continue reading savory cauliflower crostata
PIDONI FRITTI ALLA MESSINESE. The Pitoni or Pidoni are parcels of a pizza-like dough, stuffed with curly endive, mozzarella and a tiny bit of anchovy. Not dissimilar to calzoni but fried, they are a typical and most appreciated dish from Messina. In Sicily, you can find them in the friggitorie, the Italian equivalent of…… Continue reading Sicilian pidoni: small calzoni with curly endive
I live the strange life of innkeepers, working 7 or 8 months in a row with no breaks. However, we also get to have longer holidays in December and escape the cold to sunny and exotic corners of the world. Another advantage is that I don’t feel guilty for having stuffed myself with all sorts…… Continue reading sour-cherry braided brioche