Category Archives: MY UMBRIAN KITCHEN

Culinary experiments with my produce… and much else besides.

Ricotta & spinach gnocchi

One of the big plusses of the Covid19 lockdown was discovering that jovial Beppe from Fattoria Pianporcino would deliver his wonderful cheeses to our door. We’ve become addicted to his huge baskets of ricotta di pecora (sheep milk ricotta). But … Continue reading

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Quince jam

Each year the performance of my one quince tree is somewhere on a scale from ‘too many to know what to do with’ to ‘utterly overwhelming’. This year it’s off the scale. Every breath of wind brings an avalanche of … Continue reading

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Bitter (Seville) orange marmalade

The first time I made bitter orange marmalade I used my lemon marmalade recipe, on the presumption that the two – both being citrus fruits – could be handled in more or less the same way. But my lemon version … Continue reading

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Watermelon ‘gazpacho’

This has turned out to be a watermelon kind of a summer. Daunted by the sheer size, and lacking the determination needed to get through a whole one (which is how they’re sold around here) when there are usually only … Continue reading

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Homemade yoghurt

In my latest battle in the war against single-use plastics, I have banned shop-bought yoghurt. As I rarely eat yoghurt (I really only like it with curry or baked potato, ie with savoury foods) this is very unfair on poor … Continue reading

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