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Ratatouille, Halloween & a French cemetery story

french ratatouilleBreaking news: Halloween is coming! It’s really strange for me think at this event especially because it wasn’t common at all when I was young in Italy. In this very same period in Italy we celebrate the Saint (1 November) and the death (2 November), but it’s a really serious celebration, strictly connect with Catholicism and faith. So, even if I never did “trick or treat”, it’s nice think that, now that thanks to marketing Halloween is common also here, my daughter will have something fun to do. Unfortunately I’m not ready to create a skull cake or something frightening (I have to study so I will be ready next year!). I decided instead to follow the spirit of this blog and cook a French recipe while tell you the story of a French cemetery.

french ratatouille

Cemeteries are an important key to understand civilizations. Since Mayan and Egyptian pyramid, to the Etruscan catacomb till today they talk about our fears and our believes. When I was in Washington I spent few hours visiting Arlington: it was a touching moment and I really believe that this place tells about American patriotism more than every political speech. I visited a cemetery also when I went to Paris: I’m talking about the world famous Pere Lachaise. Read more


Lobsters, linguine & champagne: happy birthday … to me!

linguine with lobstersRule n. 1: special days need special food! I suppose you will trust me if I say that my birthday IS a very special day… so this post is about getting older, be happy and eating the great food my  husband cooked for me! Lobsters have always been considered a sophisticated and very good food, that’s maybe the reason why they are so expensive (almost in Switzerland!). We really love them and I remember perfectly that during our honeymoon in New England we had one almost every day, starting from the great one that we had at the Boston Legal Seafood the first night! Of course in the US it’s not so common cook lobsters with pasta, but we are Italian and we are used to cook all kind of seafood and fish with pasta and lobsters are no exception.As far as I can remember, every lobster I had in my life, is linked to special and happy moments so I really hope that, together with this recipe, some of my happiness  pass to you! Enjoy!

Ingredients: (serves 2):

– 160 g. of linguine

– 1 clove of garlic

– 4 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil

– 3 lobster tails

– chopped parsley

– half a glass of cognac

– 500 g. of cherry tomatoes

lobster tails– salt

Wash the lobster, break one and coarsely chop the pulp. Cut the other 2 in two halves. In a pan fry lightly the garlic with the extra-virgin olive oil, add the lobster pulp and the other tails. After 30 seconds sprinkle with parsley and add the cognac. After 1 minute add the cherry tomatoes cut in 2 halves. Reduce heat and cook covered for about 10 minutes. Cook the linguine in salted boiling water. Drain the pasta and pour it in the pan with the sauce, mix well and… buon appetito!


Ricotta & pumpkin verrine, a farm & a love story

ricotta pumpkin verrineHallo world, seems that the great pumpkin season has started! For me this vegetable has never been such a special ingredient until, around one year ago, I had a very nice moment while eating a pumpkin! I was pregnant and both me and my brother  were back in Italy, so my father organised a lunch in a restaurant. This place isn’t of course a simple restaurant, but it’s an old farm, the farm where my grandma and my grandpa fell in love. It’s really difficult to find the right words to describe the emotions that  I felt listening my father telling how my grandpa walked 7 km long just to see his loved, and how he was actually the second boyfriend, because the first grandma’s fiancé died during the war. How they spent long time separated because also my grandfather had to go to war and how, while he was fighting far away from home, the Nazis often went to the farm searching partisans. Luckily, like in every Hollywood movie, they had their happy ending and get married and  had 4 sons. All this happened in Franciacorta, one of the most beautiful countryside in Italy. You can only be enchanted by the mildness of the hills and the vineyards that produced some of the best Italian wines.

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Carrots mini cakes and a postcard from Sardinia

carrots mini cakeHallo world, here I am after a long period spent in Italy, enjoying good food and staying with nice people. I spent my holidays in Sardinia, an incredible spot of land and rocks in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea. I really hope that my words are good enough to describe you the wild beauty of this place, where rolling hills become fearful rocks overhanging the sea, where the waves and the Maestrale (the North-West wind) sing together thousands of different lullabies for your soul, where the trees are carved by the wind and become nature works of art . Everyone has been here: the Phoenicians, the Romans, the Saracens, the Spanish… and they all tried to conquer the island but no one has really succeeded in doing this. They came, took something, left something, but nobody has been able to tame the spirit of this land and these people, which has millions of different colors like its sea. I invite you to visit the island, go beyond the luxurious resorts and the beautiful yachts and lose yourself in the beauty that surrounds you in every corner. If you don’t trust me, here are few pictures…

sardinia trees sea and wind

Trees  carved by the wind

Sardinia Orosei Gulf

Incredible blue waters in the Gulf of Orosei

Sardinia La Caletta

Between sky and sea

Going back to the recipe, when you come home after a great holiday like this, you need a sort of “comfort food” and I choose to cook this carrots mini cakes, so similar to the snack I ate as a child. They are soft, not too much sweet and perfect with a cup of tea! Hope you’ll enjoy them!

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