Plin - a Piedmontese delight that's all too classic for Sunday lunch. Here, seasoned with butter, sage and parmigiano. Buoni.
Entering this new decade of my life with a bit of pensiveness, but mostly, with a head full of dreams and projects and hopefulness for what's to come. Here, after a beautiful walk, surrounded by the colours of this autumn that has yet to show its cooler side, and has so far been gentle and warm, sunny and dry. Now, heading out for a glass of wine or three: thirties are the new twenties, they say, so I'll better go and celebrate!
Persimmon trees: an ongoing love.
Sunday table-setting goals.
No more figs, my fruit dealer said. No more. So I better make the most of them, he told me. And so, here's my idea of making the most: toasted durum wheat bread, ricotta, oil, prosciutto, and quartered figs on top. You choose whether you want them tossed in butter and honey for a fraction of a minute, or like them as they are, in all their jammy glory...either way, what a treat.
Autumn at the market.
Details at @lamolinellabymolinorossetto, a magical place in the Venetian countryside where I had the opportunity to present #venetothecookbook last Saturday. I fell head over heels for this space - for its textures and colours and soft lights. And I fell for the warm hospitality of @rossettochiara and the girls at @molinorossetto, who put together the most brilliant event, with tea and cakes and a stunning decor of hydrangeas and pomegranates and pumpkins. The sun was shining bright, and I positively didn't want to leave. I just wanted to stay and chat with all the lovely people who came, and to make a mental note of all the beautiful hues and bits of furniture that I'd very happily have in my own home.
The art of arranging flowers is one I'd love to master. There's nothing quite as uplifting as beautiful blooms, beautifully put together, brightening this and that corner of a house. Last week, while in Florence, I found myself admiring the @puscinaflowers girls, Mara and Teresa, in full awe as they created these - and many more - arrangements for us to shoot. Their flowers are stunning and their eye impeccable. It was a joy to see them at work, and a privilege to hear their tips. I left completely inspired.