Cold mornings, warm and sunny afternoons and almost freezing nights

Autumn is fantastic, all those contrasts in one day, I love it. We have an amazing southwest oriented terrace with the best view ever. It’s probably too hot in summer for most people, but so lovely in spring and autumn. Anyway, we love it and nearby living friends are also impressed when they pass by. … More Cold mornings, warm and sunny afternoons and almost freezing nights

Back home

We’ve been traveling for 10 days in a few nearby provinces : Urbino, Cesena, Rimini, Ravenna, Pesaro, Ferrara, Padua, Vicenza, Verona, Mantua and some more villages in between. What a beautiful trip and how nice to be home. While traveling we really experienced the change in season. On the road I discovered a few new … More Back home

Scaccia ragusana

This recipe is already a while on my list. Wikipedia is again a great helpline to understand the origin. ‘Scaccia (plural: scacce) or scacciata is a stuffed flat bread in Sicilian cuisine. Scaccia is made with a very thin rectangular layer of dough, folded on itself three or four times. It can be stuffed with different ingredients, the more common variations are … More Scaccia ragusana

Ricotta pancakes

Pancakes are my favorite afternoon delight and this recipe is awesome. You need 180 grams of selfraising flour, 250 ml of semi skimmed milk, 3 eggs, 125 grams of ricotta and 2 sachets of vanilla sugar. Seef the flour. Add a pinch of salt and tbe vanilla sugar. Mix the egg yolks with the ricotta … More Ricotta pancakes

Unlimited number

Google recipes for eggplant and tomatoes and you’ll find an incredible amount of variations. It’s really easy to create some more. For 4p you need : 4 large eggplants, 1 kilo of cherry tomatoes, 6-8 garlic cloves, 4 salted sun-dried tomatoes, 400 grams of mozzarella and 16 salted anchovies filets. Start the oven at 200 … More Unlimited number

Quick fennel soup

Chop and wash 3 bulbs of fennel. Heat a pan with 2 table spoons of olive oil. Add the fennel, 4 garlic cloves, 1 table spoon of basil and 1 chili. Bake and stir. Add 2 liters of vegetable stock. Allow to simmer for approximately 30 minutes. Blend. Add  300 ml of oatmilk. Taste, add … More Quick fennel soup

A wish list

A few days before people are arriving I ask for a wish list for breakfast and dinner. Ingrid and Guido will be here in approximately 5h. Time enough to prepare a simple fennel soup, fresh bread and a stew with polpo. Boil 1,5 kilo of frozen polpo for 1h in plain water. Chop 1 large … More A wish list

Italian classic

Guests are coming and going. Cooking for 4p is for certain recipes much easier than for 2p. To please my mother in law, I prepare a real Italian classical dish, ossobuco. Iris doesn’t eat meat but doesn’t mind eating vegetables cooked together with meat. I buy 4 slices of vealshank ( total = bone included, … More Italian classic