Category Archives: stuff

Le Panthéon

We had an 8 hour layover in Paris yesterday, so we hopped over to the Latin Quarter, had crepes for lunch and visited the pantheon, where we saw Foucault’s Pendulum and the tombs of Voltaire, Victor Hugo, Madame Curie, Aime Cesaire… a very productive visit! But when we finished, it was raining hard so we […]

Budino al Limone… senza uova

Our last night here after a wonderful and productive six weeks. Sad to leave, as usual, but looking forward to trying some of this summer’s recipes in my fabulous Cambridge kitchen this year. Last night Bella made her brownies to use up the eggs. All I have left to use up are 2 lemons and […]

chicken and mayo

We’ve been in Italy a lonnnnnng time! I think this is our longest stay yet, and Bella is getting antsy for something other than italian food. So she tried out this recipe for sweet and sour chicken: Which worked pretty well, although we couldn’t get fresh ginger (but had ginger powder), skipped the bell […]

e per dessert

This recipe actually worked as written, although we added a little cornstarch to the peaches since the syrup didn’t quite happen: We were very impressed! Went very well with our fragolino and blackberries.


Tonight’s dinner brought to you by a comfort food fantasy. It’s been a little cooler here and overcast, so less incentive to get out early. Bella found this recipe and we adapted it for our kitchen: Heat oven to 240C. Boil about 4 cups water with 2 chopped carrots, a half bunch of chopped celery […]

bella brownies #2 2011

The scent is intoxicating! Must eat now…

bella slices it up

best pizza yet! > >

mela pizza

Tonight’s pizza: Whole wheat crust, garlic-rosemary-olive oil, gorgonzola cream sauce, green apples, sausages, mozzarella. That is all.


We had 500 g of leftover potatoes. And Giuliana just brought us some fresh eggs. Now that we are back in business with a new bombolo of gas, we decided it was time to make the famous Garavelli Gnocchi. Boiled the potatoes and then mashed them with a big fork. Added one beaten egg with […]


We first drove here in 2007 and didn’t find anything of interest. This time we took the train and found a statue greeting us on the platform. That was about it for this town.