Devoted to Roses

I love roses. I just can’t get enough of them. yes, they are work…these beautiful plants are subject to fungi and nasty critters; they need to be pruned, deadheaded and given ample amounts of manure in order to display their best. I think it’s worth it.

Pierre de Ronsard, a showstopping climber

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Millet Fishcakes with a Creamy Caper Sauce for Lunch

Fishcakes…when I was a kid and we moved to England, my mother often made us fishcakes for breakfast. My mother made us all sorts of fabulous things for breakfast…baked beans on toast, kippers, sardines on toast, welsh rarebit…such fond memories I have!

I love fishcakes, usually made with mashed potatoes and fish.

Shortly after we [...]

Wine Bottling – A Fun Day at Our Friends Winery in Le Marche, Italy

In the old days, farmers gathered together to help each other with various big chores, chores that need a lot of people. Here in central Italy, in the Le Marche region we carry on the tradition, having fun, sharing stories and laughs together. Bottling the superb wine of the Fiorano estate is just one of [...]

Handmade Soap with Olive Oil

We’ve been busy making soaps. Why? Because once you try a high quality handmade soap made from luxury oils like olive oil, you’ll never use a commercial soap again. No kidding. Your skin will thank you.

Finished handmade olive oil soap with lavender

I’ve had a rough few months as I’ve been repairing and [...]

Roasted Winter Vegetables

What’s the easiest meal to make during winter? Not to mention it warms the kitchen (in our case house as our small house is basically the kitchen!) and sends an aroma throughout the that just beckons everyone to the table. Oh, and did I mention something about nutritious?

Roasted vegetables.

Roasted Winter Vegetables served [...]

Spaghetti alle Vongole (Spaghetti with Clams) Recipe

I love clams, especially the tiny fresh little clams we get here, fished out of the Adriatic. Spaghetti alle Vongole is a dish that originates in the Naples area, the area where Italian spaghetti originate from!

This dish is simplicity itself and certainly fits my weekday meal mantra DENS – delicious, economical, nutritious and speedy [...]

Spezzatino di Manzo ai Porri (Beef Stew with Leeks)

We’ve been having crazy warm days…the photo is from the 6th of January and it was so warm we ate lunch on our veranda!

Our lunch: vegetable filled crepes with spinach and orange salad on the veranda

Weird warm.

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