Before our move to Italy, the original plan was to move to the area of WashingtonDC. We went house hunting and got to know really wonderful people, such as Kathy and Peter, but the gut feeling about moving to US wasn’t right. It took a few weeks before deciding not to go, but Kathy, Peter … More Our US heritage: Kathy and Peter and old bay seasoning.
Last week our neighbours brought us a special welcome gift : extra vergine olive oil from the olive trees of our common olive trees. How wonderful to have our own olive oil, approx 15 liters!!! The local olive oil has a wonderful reputation in Tuscany. Soon we will try to follow a course to learn … More Special gift, special feeling
Prepare a white bechamel sauce with 250 ml of semi skimmed milk and 250 ml of home made fish stock. Season with a ½ of a cube of fish broth, nutmeg, pepper and salt. Add 300 grams of North Sea shrimps and a bit of lemon juice. Boil 4 chopped medium sized potatoes in salted … More North Sea shrimps in a ‘decomposed croquette version’ 😉
The olive harvest and pressing is taking place everywhere in Tuscany. If we are lucky we will be able to have our own olive oil this year! Certain villages are really known for their olive oil feasts, as Montisi, and others are famous for the truffle, as San Giovanni d’Asso. If the butcher puts white … More Olive oil and truffle, the current protagonists in the kitchen
Chop and fry 1 red onion, 4 garlic cloves and 1 pepperoncini. Add 2 cans of cherry tomatoes and 1 table spoon of dried basil. Allow to simmer. Taste, add pepper, salt and a drizzle of old syruppy balsamico vinegar. Add 1 can of drained red beans at the end of the cooking time. Roast … More Burrata di bufala
Thanks to Maria Silvia ( who had to clean her fridge before her ‘goodbye party’) I have now 2 delicious Calabrian pork sausages, long, also chubby and red because of the amount of chilly peppers. Iris prefers not to try, so I have a huge portion ;-). Bake 500 grams of cherry tomatoes, 1 chopped … More Italian sausages from Calabria
Squacquerone is a fresh cows milk cheese. The day after the large buffet I decide to prepare a ‘caccio e pepe’- like pasta with this lovely cheese. Boil the pasta in salted water. Drain, but keep some of the cooking water. Chop and fry 4 garlic cloves. Add 200 grams of squacquerone, loads of pepper, … More No waste of squacqerone