Lazy Basil Eggplant Sformato

I remember being on a plane a long time ago, probably on my way to a conference or other project abroad. The gentlemen on my left side was flying somewhere to embark on a trip on the Trans-Siberian Railway, the legendary train line which is connecting Moscow with Vladivostok since 1916. He was alone, a middle-aged man. I hardly remember his face, but what he … Continue reading Lazy Basil Eggplant Sformato

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

hot-water pastry spinach pie

Do you already make spinach pie? If you don’t, you must hurry as this is the simplest one-dish dinner you can make besides a plate of pasta. I learned the original Serbian recipe from my artist friend Natasa Karanovic when we were living the bohemian life in the country of windmills and houseboats. Ah, the memories! After more than 20 years this is still a … Continue reading hot-water pastry spinach pie