Photo of the day: window in Torricella

Cute window in the teensy walled village of Torricella, near Fossombrone, my latest discovery

Photo of the day: Duomo in Urbino bricks at sunset


Photo of the day: punta e cul

Punta e cul is a typical Easter game in Urbania in Northern Le Marche. People gather in the main square in front of the theatre on Easter morning and Ester Monday morning. You’re given an egg and you have to smash your neighbour’s egg and take home all the eggs that you can break […]

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 […]

Never use Wellies in the mud…

Some months ago I received an unusual e-mail from a journalist telling me that she had to write something for a US magazine called Modern Farmer about farmers’ favourite tools to help in the mud (yes… you read correctly :) ).We had a long and fun e-mail and phone calls exchange and this is […]

Everyday use pottery: Maurri-Poggi terracotta collection

I always wanted to write something about this beautiful Italian pottery collection, but I didn’t have good photos so I waited and waited… last weekend I had the possibility to visit Palazzo Ducale in Urbania again and to enjoy the new location of the terracotta pottery collection in the beautiful Torrione coperto.
The collection, donated […]

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 […]

FORAGING: Saint John’s Wort oil

It’s not the right season to prepare this – as every other witchy plant Saint John’s wort is collected on Saint John’s day (June 24th) – but today I was rearranging my medicines drawer and I found last year’s Saint John’s wort oil so I thought that it was better posting the recipe today […]