how I got to be on TV

If you see where I live, atop a magical mountain in a rural area of Italy, you will find it quite surprising that anyone finds me at all.  And it’s probably even more surprising that myself and my family can make a living with our B&B and cooking classes. Mysteries of the internet, most likely. Indeed, after having scrutinized my website statistics for years, I … Continue reading how I got to be on TV

pasta for beginners

Pasta is such a convenient food and it’s made in a million ways all over the planet. Accordingly, it will taste everything from boring, to vibrant, from disgusting to heavenly. Don’t believe anybody who tells you they don’t like pasta. Most likely they have not tasted the real thing. Sorry to be smug, but the real thing is made and cooked like Italians do. We … Continue reading pasta for beginners

cool inkeepers cook

FARROTTO. I am a lucky woman. I am blessed by lots of lovely friends in all corners of the world. Many have all sort of interesting professions and hobbies. Some of my coolest friends, Diana, Corinna, Giulia, Gloria, Rebecca, are innkeepers, just like me. We are the new career girls, we have first gone  into complicated studies at  prestigious universities and/or a career in entomology, … Continue reading cool inkeepers cook

Happy Easter Monday

Spring is such a crazy special time here. It’s cold, cold, cold. Then one day we wake up and all the little birds are loudly celebrating the first sun. They seem surprised just like us. Look, there’s flowers! forget-me-not! daisies! Isn’t it amazing, one gets surprised every year. Also we innkeepers get out of our cocoon. It’s been too cold to paint, plaster, vacuum, polish, … Continue reading Happy Easter Monday

the big kicks: sweet fried Christmas ravioli

CHICK PEA AND CHOCOLATE DUMPLINGS. Did you know that ancient Romans  – if poor – were not allowed to cook? Such was the danger of fires that the plebeians were expected to eat in a tavern rather than cook on a rickety brazier. Italian farmers had basic cooking facilities until relatively modern times. Most food was cooked in a clay or copper pot over an … Continue reading the big kicks: sweet fried Christmas ravioli