my newest comfort food: gluten free cake

The’re is nothing more comforting that to be included after having been excluded from something, isn’t it? Like when your stomach stops digesting something you have loved all your life and you can’t have it anymore? And then you can have it again! My favorite  – and very Italian – breakfast has always been a slice of cake with a caffe-latte. Then I discovered to … Continue reading my newest comfort food: gluten free cake

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