sun

The sun makes the flowers look like little shining stars… The pale sun on the tree trunk looks almost artificial. All is not beautiful here, Italy is a country of contrasts: full of beauty which makes the ugly things look…

CROSTINI CON PERE, PINOLI, ZENZERO E GORGONZOLA or CROSTINI WITH PEARS, PINE NUTS, GINGER AND GORGONZOLA

The corner of Tuscany where I live is very lush and green (it actually reminds me a bit of Sweden) which is very nice but it also means that it rains a lot. Like now. Yesterday it rained the whole…

Nature’s finger
SEPPIOLINE IN UMIDO CON PEPERONI E PATATE or SQUIDSTEW WITH PEPPERS AND POTATOES.

Squid is something I have discovered relatively late in life but I am trying to make up for it now! Fortunately Marco loves sea food so he does not complain when they turn up on our table. When I find…

pics

Under the oak with the entwined ivy you can rest after a long walk… The rain forces the rose to bow its head. This morning at seven when I accompanied my oldest daughter to the bus, we saw this beautiful…

TORTA DI NOCI, CIOCCOLATA E ZENZERO or WALNUT CAKE WITH CHOCOLATE AND CANDIED GINGER

The other day my son came back with a sack full of newly picked walnuts and who can resist that!? Especially not me who is Swedish and therefore not at all spoilt when it comes to, in my eyes, exotic…

summer pics
Kitchen Meme

I have been tagged by Superfujii – I love cooking to do this kitchen meme and now I have finally come around to do all the photos that it involves! Sorry, but better late than never as we say in…

Collage

ivy

man’s best friend

reflection

PATATE PICCANTI ALLO ZAFFERANO or HOT SAFFRON POTATOES

I love potatoes, they really give me that satisfying feeling of being full but not too full after eating. In Italian cooking you don’t find them as often as you do in Swedish but often enough. I don’t know how…

Florence
SCHIACCIATA CON L’UVA

This is a cake that I only make in the autumn when I can find the right grapes, they are small, dark blue and very sweet. This is a typical Tuscan cake and I have found this particular recipe in…

odd bits
SALTIMBOCCA ALL’UVA or VEAL WITH PROSCIUTTO DI PARMA, SAGE AND GRAPES

Saltimbocca is a typical roman dish but this recipe is slightly different from the traditional one. I do not usually like sweet food but the sweetness of the grapes is a nice contrast to the salty prosciutto and the sage….

the fall has come

over the tree tops

POMODORINI PUGLIESI AL FORNO or APULIAN OVEN BAKED CHERRY TOMATOES

Last summer we went to Apulia for our vacation, it is the heel of the italic peninsula and we went to visit some friends who are living there. Driving down the Adriatic coast I became more and more aware of…

upwards

melograno