And so, just like that, it’s holiday baking season all over again. I haven’t had the chance to throw myself at it head first just yet — this past week has been pure madness; I’m very much behind on the decorating and gift-buying game, too! — except for this spiced, chocolate-y panpepato I baked the other day (recipe coming up soon on @gitlchefs) and munched on pretty much regularly ever since — with coffee after lunch or just as a pick-me-up in between to-dos. Today, for one, it’s been fuelling what felt like a desk marathon — from wrapping up a few assignments to (failing at) meeting the very last deadlines before the holiday frenzy swipes us all up. Oh, also! I just finished editing the trillion images from the trip to Tuscany (so many sheep, so many pretty fall landscapes!). I cannot wait to share a few outtakes and some stories with you here in the next few days.
Beautiful Tuscan kale at the weekly market this morning. And, speaking of Tuscany: I’m off to a trip exploring some lesser known, less touristy (but very charming!) parts of the Tuscan countryside — including Mugello, Garfagnana and Lunigiana — to taste and experience some of the food & cultural highlights from the area. I cannot wait to show you more of what I’ll find in the next few days. #offthebeatentaste @visittuscany
The light in the kitchen today just has me entranced. It’s the kind of crisp, clear sunny day that lights up the whole house like a stage; it makes me at peace with the season and reminds me why I like it so much after all. And although grey days tend to be more frequent than sunny ones, there’s always citrus to look forward to for when you need a little brightness. I cannot wait for the first good oranges. #autumninitaly
A fiver for a crate of freshly picked apples from the orchard down the road. Apple sauce for months right here.
Leftover apple strüdel for breakfast today. With cream, of course (does that remind you of a movie?). The sun is out, the snowy peaks of the Alps are as sharp as ever against the backdrop of the sky, and we are ready to go on a little hike and soak up the sunshine and the view before the grey returns.
Friday drinks in a favourite cocktail bar in Verona. A reminder to keep working on that food guide (this place will definitely be in it; sign up for the newsletter via the link in profile to get it when it’s ready!) while also stirring myself a little something to sip at the keyboard to help with motivation...Do you have a favourite weekend drink? I’m always partial to a good negroni.
Landscapes that look like paintings.
One the many things I love about Torino: the old book stalls of Via Po. The hidden treasures you can find within those stacks! Precious leather-encased editions and battered paperbacks; art and fiction; recipes and philosophy. I found my copy of Ada Boni in one of them. Every time I pass by one I never fail to stop and browse a bit, even when I’m hurrying to catch a train home. It’s become tradition. #whatitalyis
Saucy ribs leftovers from making ragù for lunch today. On the side, stir-fried garlicky cime di rapa — the first of the season! — from the Saturday market. Rosanna, my veg dealer, said: “Watch out, they‘re a bit bitter.” To which I said: “Hell yes. Give me another bunch.”