For more than a week we are staying in our Umbrian country house in an almost idyllic "protected area".
It feels ghostly: the everyday life (or what is left of it), the fears and the sufferings of our fellow citizens in Italy lie behind the gently rolling hills, the bees are buzzing in the spring sun and hyacinths and lime bushes exude their sweet fragrance.
This reminded us of the book "Decamerone" by Boccaccio. It describes a group of young people who flee to a country house near Florence at the time of the plague in the 14th century. They pass their time with storytelling.
And so we came up with the idea of sending stories, pictures and experiences from our Umbrian hill over the next few days (and weeks?)
Last Sunday we cooked a recipe from Ornella's cooking classes: A "Rabbit to Be Well Remembered"
Admittedly, this is not for vegetarians or lovers of the soft, fluffy little animals with long ears ... And for the preparation you need a bit of patience and "surgical" skills. But the result is really worth it! Read the recipe here
One of the specialties of Umbria are legumes: lentils, chickpeas and a variety of beans. They are used for an almost endless number of healthy and protein-rich dishes, which are part of the basic diet in Umbria. At La Rogaia we have our own, especially delicious version of a chickpea and chard soup.
Autumnis the peak seasonfor theprecioustrufflestubers. Umbriais the largesttruffleproducerin ItalyandmanyallegedlyPiedmontesetruffleshave been growingunder Umbriantrees. It is an unforgettable experience to accompanyatruffle hunterandhis dogin the search forthe covetedtubers.
When autumn is coloring the woods of Umbria and when you can hear the echo of the hunters calling from hill to hill itishighseasonforthetypicalautumndishes.AndMammaOrnellais in top form in her kitchen atLaRogaia! Here are a fewsamples fromher cuisine...
Every town and village in Italy has its own festival, which often goes back to centuries-old traditions. While at the famous "Palio di Siena" horse and rider are racing around the Campo, in Passignano sul Trasimeno young men are rowing in old-style wooden boats at the "Palio delle Barche". And in our village of Castel Rigone, the "barbarians" go wild ...