Fall · Preserves and Infusions · Recipes

figs preserved in spiced wine syrup

Sometime I wish to have a year that is entirely made of September. This is especially true after the record high temperature of this past summer. However this month is always my favorite as our home is lively with guests who come to visit us from all corners of the world. Most often than not,… Continue reading figs preserved in spiced wine syrup

Appetizers · Main Dish · Recipes · Summer · Vegetables

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… Continue reading lazy basil eggplant sformato

Life in Umbria · Meat Dishes · Recipes · Spring · Winter

Umbrian-style braised sausage with fresh fennel (and my travels)

Hi dear friends, how are you? I hope spring is treating you well wherever you happen to be. Spring is in full swing here in Umbria and more gorgeous than ever. As for myself, these are the first quiet days after half a year of excitement and travels. I can hardly believe we were in… Continue reading Umbrian-style braised sausage with fresh fennel (and my travels)

Desserts · Recipes · Winter

brustengolo, an ancient Umbrian olive oil and polenta fruitcake

This is a very rustic and ancient recipe from my hometown Perugia. Not too sweet, egg-free, gluten-free, robust, Brustengolo makes for a substantial snack full of healthy goodness. It’s basically a baked polenta enriched with dried fruits and nuts and flavored with the classic Umbrian combination of anise, fennel and orange. You can cook the… Continue reading brustengolo, an ancient Umbrian olive oil and polenta fruitcake

Appetizers · Fall · Pizza and Focaccia · Recipes · Winter

garbanzo bean farinata with caramelized onions and rosemary

As you probably know Italians have a long tradition of eating vegan food. You didn’t know it? Well, think about it: spaghetti with aglio, olio and peperoncino is vegan. Minestrone is also vegan. Eating fruit at the end of a meal instead of a dessert is the norm here. And, in addition we have a variety… Continue reading garbanzo bean farinata with caramelized onions and rosemary

Appetizers · Recipes · Spring · Vegetables · Winter

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… Continue reading hot-water pastry spinach pie