spiced persimmon and orange jam

PERSIMMONS. I better hurry up and pick them before the frost makes them burst. Every autumn it’s the same story. We first have a brief spell of leaf glory, when the proverbial Umbrian green turns to golden and red. Then rain comes, more rain than we want. Everything becomes gray except the persimmons. You see them whimsically dotting orchards and gardens with their naked orangeness. … Continue reading spiced persimmon and orange jam

spiced grape jelly

I love October in Umbria. Soon the winter sadness will descend on us, but right now colors are working full-time. Everywhere is golden and red. Everything seems to taste sweet, chestnuts, pears, grapes. There’s wonderful grapes everywhere. We are the lucky owners of a 1/2 century old vine-arbor. We don’t make wine with the fruits, too much of a fuss. We just leave the bunches … Continue reading spiced grape jelly

pickled watermelon rind

I am always grateful for a new good recipe. Each new recipe is a true slice of happiness for me. It becomes part of my life, I will make over and over again, I will warmly recommend it to others. Immodestly – and despite all my experiments –  I have to confess that rarely I find something that is so memorable, simple and intense that … Continue reading pickled watermelon rind

liquore di rose

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 be collected at the right time  which can be based … Continue reading liquore di rose

the limoncello factory leftovers

My mom has always produced industrial quantities of limoncello.  A set of tiny crystal tumblers and a lovely bohemian bottle full of the golden liqueur  was a permanent installation in her living room. She did not make it for herself, she hardly ever consumed alcoholic drinks, but proudly offered it to all guests at all times of the day. Ok almost, a guest was allowed … Continue reading the limoncello factory leftovers