All posts by Valentina S.
Today’s harvest: Green beans, Zucchini, Hazelnuts Italians need to re-discover the love for salad. There is way too much gorgeous produce in this land not to take advantage of it. Right this moment, this gorgeousness is properly represented by our green bean bushes. The abundance of green beans in the garden these days is astounding. Their luscious plants, flecked with tiny lilac-colored, butterfly-like flowers stand in their rows like emerald dressed soldiers, and they grow, they grow, they grow. Right next to them sits a hazelnut tree, that keeps dropping its fruits on the ground like drops of water. I picked a bucketful, and they practically begged to be paired to their gree...Read more →
This dish is one of those things that makes me think about how amazing and wonderful the produce of this land can be. Every year, my aunt goes to Lampedusa, an islet just south of Sicily, for her vacation. Every time she brings back delicacies such as fennel liquor, fresh capers and local flavorful seasonings. But my favorite gift are always the pistachios. These bright, brilliant green and purple speckled pepitas sparkle like gems in your hands, and the real fresh Bronte pistachios have the unrivaled aroma that is always far superior to anything you could find on a shelf. I figured the best way to take advantage of this precious gift was to make pesto. Here I use it on...Read more →
This is Via Fratta. Up this sunny patch of trees there is a house that is hundreds of years old, and that now hosts a gorgeous vegetable garden, olive trees, vineyard and a yard studded with fruit trees. 'Hortus' is the latin word for vegetable garden. It seemed appropriate for a piece of land that started existing way before Italian even existed. I, Valentina, am the person who has the luck of living in such a place and the one who decided to keep a vegetarian journal of recipes, taking full advantage of each harvest. Here to assist me there is William, a cook and health junkie like me. This is where our little corner of paradise begins. To read more about us, head over to the...Read more →