I know it might seem a bit odd to publish a pickle recipe at a time of the year when everyone else is busy with cookies and panettone. But – thanks to generous friends – I have been so pumpkin and squash-rich recently, that I had to develop new ideas. After making squash soup, pumpkin…… Continue reading how to make pickled squash and other holiday edible gifts
Cooking for me is all about sharing. I have never been alone as long as I have been able to share a meal. That’s in fact how I made most friends in my life, around the stove-top and around the table. This recipe is for my friend Sandra who presently lives in a place that…… Continue reading brown sugar steamed custard
This is an easy recipe for ring shaped cookies named “ciambelline” in Italian These crunchy cookies are perfect for dipping in wine or tea after a meal. As the dough has no egg or butter they are also vegan and dairy free. Make them with wholewheat flour for an additional healthy touch!
I find making fresh pasta an incredibly relaxing activity. I could fashionably say it’s therapeutic but I don’t feel the need to have therapy as often as having pasta. My latest passion in “pasta relaxation” is orecchiette, meaning little ears, a semolina pasta traditionally made in Puglia. It’s the sort of thing that gives a…… Continue reading orecchiette pasta in a creamy zucchini and saffron sauce
Life is sweet in Umbria right now. Spring is here in all its over-the-top beauty. There are flowers everywhere, I can practically see the plants growing. In fact, it feels almost like summer, warm, bright and full of promise. We are busy at the moment. Planning an Olive Harvest celebration for next autumn. Planting rosemary…… Continue reading springtime berry tiramisu
Does cauliflower count for detox? That’s what we are supposed to do for at least one week in January, isn’t it? Have you done the salad treatment and figured it’s bad for you since there’s a foot of snow outside? It’s too cold for self-inflicted punishment. I am so glad is not bikini time yet.…… Continue reading savory cauliflower crostata
No. You are not pretty my dear, not even in that red dress. Before baking you, I asked “frog, will you please turn out into a princess?”. I know frogs are supposed to turn out into a prince, but this one wasn’t promising. Besides, in the fairy tales princes tend to be clad in white.…… Continue reading Assisi’s apple and olive oil strudel