Last Sunday I spent a day in Rome visiting my daughter. The plan was to buy Christmas gifts for family in the USA, as Francesca was going for a visit.
It was a warmish grey day, perfect for tromping about the city, which at Christmastime is full of life, lights and great things to see.
Ah, one of things I love about winter here at our farm in Le Marche is the sunsets. I really don’t understand the physics; maybe because there is less humidity in the air (someone fill me in please) but regardless, it seems the colder weather brings us spectacular shows almost nightly.
This evening it [...]
Last night I made these wonderful…..what on earth should I call them?
Finished (fill in the blank) served on a bed of wilted escarole
They are rice supplì made with radicchio that are wrapped in paper thin slices of speck, baked and served on some wilted escarole. While I was making them I had [...]
As promised, here a few photos from the forest department nursery. Wouldn’t you know it…the day before, when I forgot my camera, it was glorious sunny day. The next day, camera in hand, it was the darkest, gloomiest day we’ve had yet this season.
Dark and kind of spooky
I spent the day making [...]
For the last 4 years Hans and I have been buying and planting trees and shrubs that we get from the forest department in Amandola. The forest department here in Le Marche has four different places dedicated to growing plants that are either indigenous to the area or simply do well here.
Yesterday we borrowed [...]
Not far from here is a little town in the Sibillini mountains called Montemonaco, a place we like to visit several times a year. The Sibillinis (a protected national park) are part of the Apennine range, the mountains that split Italy into East and West, the “spine” of the country.
Prosciutto, Salamis, Cheeses, Truffles, [...]