food and wine

Elderflower foraging walk

Why collect elderflower in your back garden if you can take a gorgeous 2 km elderflower foraging walk around the farm?

There’s a big elder outside Casina Nuova, but this morning I wanted to take a walk so I decided to walk around the Western borders of the farm and pick elderflowers from the smaller […]

FORAGING wild greens

In Le Marche (and many other parts of Italy) in Spring and early Autumn it’s common to see men and women out in the countryside with big plastic bags or baskets picking something from the weedy and unkempt field. They are probably foraging wild greens, or “erbe di campo” (field greens or literally field […]

Foraging for simplicity

Last Summer one of the students of the Urbino Project (a program  for student journalists from around the world to develop multimedia journalism stories to document the people and places of Urbino and the Marche Region of Italy) came to Valle Nuova, this is the article that she wrote.
And here’s a great article by another […]

FORAGING: wild asparagus

As you may know by now if you have been reading this blog, foraging is very popular in Le Marche region of Italy.
At Valle Nuova we collect all sorts of wild herbs, flowers, berries, sprouts and, last but surely not least, the amazing white truffle. One of the most popular plants that is easy […]

FORAGING: vitalbe… “traveller’s joy” in a plate

Vitalbe (clematis vitalba, traveller’s joy, old man’s beard) are one of the many plants that we forage here in Northern Le Marche. When you think of a clematis you probably visualize a cascade of big elegant flowers, not an omelette…

Traveller’s joy is not as gifted as its cousins and only features small whiteish strudy flowers […]

Crescia di Pasqua: Le Marche savoury Easter bread

Crescia di Pasqua, Pizza di Paqua, Crescia Brusca, Torta al Formaggio, Crescia al formaggio, Crescia Ricresciuta, Caciata… different names for similar Panettone-shaped Easter breads prepared in Le Marche, Umbria, Abruzzo and Lazio (basically throughout Central Italy except Tuscany, as far as I know).

Here in Northern Le Marche (where it’s called Crescia di Pasqua) the […]

Photo of the day: ciabatta bread

Perfect crust for a great ciabatta bread experiment!

Photo of the day: torta di rose

Torta di rose is not made with roses (I plan to try that, though) it’s the way we call baked goods similar in shape to cinnamon rolls. This one has orange juice in the dough and orange peel in the filling and it’s delish!
I also made small heart-shaped “torta di rose rolls” because I […]

Photo of the day: LOVE figs…


Photo of the day: Antipasto

A typical early summer antipasto at Valle Nuova, this one is perfect for vegetarians and meat-eaters alike.
Frittata con le vitalbe (foraged Clematis Vitalba. Old man’s beard or Traveller’s joy), local organic pecorino cheese, home made sweet and sour pickled cucumbers and quince jam, home made cured black olives.

WARNING FOR FORAGERS: If you have never collected Traveller’s […]