Back home in Poggio alla Croce

What a delight to be back “home” and find that things have moved forward at San Cerbone in readiness for our special guests who will arrive on Friday, September 21. Those of you who remember Googa, the cat, will be sad to learn that he died recently after a long and happy life. Nero seems […]

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The End of the Dinner Party or: My Wonderful Italian Life

  As my time in Tuscany draws to a close, I no longer have a long to-do or to-see list. I’m spending these last weeks in the countryside with friends. And as it often happens, when I cease to plan, organise or control, magic takes over and things fall into their rightful places. Yesterday afternoon […]

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Lunch in Paradise

On Saturday we had lunch at Cristina and Lucca’s farm in Paterno. After lunch we made sachets with dried herbs and flowers.  

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a presto toscana

Yesterday I was anxious. I bit the inside of my lower lip and despite the inner voice commanding me to stop, I only paused and immediately resumed this terrible habit. I worried over the toughness of the meat I had bought for the Daube. What processed me to buy meat labeled “musculo”? I imagined my […]

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The Tuscan Kitchen

The kitchen is the heart and soul of the Tuscan home. In the countryside, the kitchen is also where animals are tended, medicines are made and often, unfortunately the TV rules. I used to be fascinated by the disorder in the kitchen- how could such amazing food be created in such chaos! Why do Italians […]

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