Appetizers · Recipes · Spring · Vegetables

artichokes, almond and salt-boiled lemon salad

I am such a simple soul. There are things that make me happy over and over again. Like finding a new good recipe. This is not an easy feat as it seem that more and ore often recipes are not especially good, nor have been tested by someone who can actually cook. It seems that…… Continue reading artichokes, almond and salt-boiled lemon salad

Family Stories · Preserves and Infusions · Recipes

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…… Continue reading the limoncello factory leftovers

Preserves and Infusions · Recipes

homemade limoncello

LEMON LIQUEUR. Already for or a long time, liqueurs have been considered beneficial to one’s health, in moderate amounts of course. Since the Middle Age medicines have been prepared by alchemists and monks by infusing fruits, flowers, herbs and even woods in alcohol and subsequently sweetened. Some of these preparations were believed to be not…… Continue reading homemade limoncello

Desserts · Recipes

pears poached in Vin Santo

PERE AL VINSANTO.  Vin Santo, literally meaning “holy wine,” is a sweet dessert wine traditionally produced in Central Italy and some areas of the North using dried grapes. This is one of my favorite recipes  in Antonio Carluccio’s book “Italian Feast”. It makes a perfect conclusion to a hearty Umbrian meal of lentil soup followed…… Continue reading pears poached in Vin Santo

Appetizers · Recipes · Vegetables

zucchini carpaccio: lemon marinated zucchini salad

This is a great summer dish. As it’s now February, I am aware I could be investigated by the food police for preparing it out of season. Despite the risk however, I do make it throughout the year, because it is good, fresh, light and very very easy. Recipe 1 medium zucchini juice of 1/2…… Continue reading zucchini carpaccio: lemon marinated zucchini salad