Photo of the day: grapes in May

Don’t know how they survived the hail but here’s our grapes!

Photo of the day: PUMPKINS!!!

What can you do when, arriving at home after a long day, you find a wheelbarrow filled with pumpkins?
I guess that start thinking about how to wash and store them and look for recipes! :)

Photo of the day: Marchigiana cows at Valle Nuova

Our organic Marchigiana cows happily roaming in the fields below the Locanda.

The Marchigiana breed, along with the Romagnola and the Chianina, is one of the typical Central Italian breeds of cows. Traditionally they were used mainly for working, so they are strong, tall and robust animals. As you can see the calves are born […]

Photo of the day: cherry blossoms


Peperoncini ripieni (stuffed peppers)

Here goes my family recipe of these traditional Piemontese delicacies.

For about 50 tiny round peppers (can be hot or semisweet, as you prefer)

Half a litre of white or apple vinegar
Half a litre of white wine
1 1/2 tsp of salt

About 200 gr of good canned tuna
80 gr of very good quality anchovies
50 capers
Good Extra […]

Photo of the day: the sausages spiral

Home made organic sausages.
Some fresh for cooking, some have been dried and are currently in jars with laurel leaves, garlic and lard. Deli-ish!

Photo of the day: coppa or capocollo?

I call it “coppa”, they call it “capocollo”… the only really interesting thing about it is that it’s absolutely gorgeous!!
If you ever stay near Grottazzolina, look for our friend’s Doriano Scibé’s farm-shop and buy some!

Everything elderflower 1: Elderflower jelly

I love elderflower!
I love it in cakes (just add a fistful of dried flowers to your favourite plain cake batter).

I love elderflower cordial during summer with fizzy water.

I love elderflower with white wine for a different aperitivo or dessert wine.

I love elderflower jelly and elderflower liqueur.

First of all you have to collect the elderflowers, […]

Calving: the biggest calf ever

I rarely talk about my cattle here, but today I started the day helping a cow calving and a massive, enormous, gorgeous calf was born, so they deserve an entry of their own!
The calf is really huge, it took 3 of us pulling like crazy while my neighbour Giovanni supervised and directed.
When a cow […]