Italian Easter Pie

Easter is around the corner, so it’s seems like an Italian Easter pie should really be on the menu.

It was a really sad weekend in our tiny Tuscan town. One of its residents passed away suddenly on Friday night from a cancer and it shook the town a little. Deaths in small towns are a community affair, especially if the person isn’t old. That sounds heartless, but we have a lot of senior citizens. They live on¬†average well into their 80s. It’s incredible. Someone should write a book about it! French women mightn’t get fat, but Italians live forever!

Cornetto biscuits with from-scratch grapefruit jam

There are some recipes that I love unconditionally. These cornetto biscuits with grapefruit jam is one of them. As far as Italian breakfast pastries go, you don’t really have a lot of options. Unlike the French, Italians keep things really traditional – they’ll either have a custard filled cornetto, which is how to say croissant in Italian, or they’ll stick to dry biscuits dipped in their morning cappuccino.

Mini mimosa pan di spagna (Italian sponge) cakes

pan di spagna

Today is International Women’s Day and we’re celebrating with mini mimosa pan di spagna (Italian sponge cakes)! Hooray!

The weather in Southern Tuscany has been absolutely disgusting. In the last ten days, we’ve had snow/constant thunderstorms, which is why my pan di spagna pictures are a little grey and moody and not their usual bright vibrant selves. Lack of light is a constant source of distress for me. I live in an apartment in the Old Town and it’s stacked living. We’e surrounded by palazzos (all of which are empty) that start casting a shadow over my kitchen at about 9am. Our bedroom is constantly dark. It’s akin to living in a giant concrete forest and I am absolutely hate it.

Wild boar braised in dark chocolate

tuscan wild boar recipe

Hunting is king in country Tuscany. It’s such a cliche to imagine country folk out with their guns shooting game, but it’s a huge part of what defines them and a real source of pride.¬†When Giulio ran for mayor a couple of months back, one of the biggest criticisms lobbed at him was that he didn’t hunt. People couldn’t believe he’d never even seen gun, let alone not been raised to shoot and kill.

Overnight Coffee Bircher Muesli

bircher muesli

This bircher muesli recipe is for all of us who tell themselves they’re going to get up half an hour earlier to do yoga, who make a vow to always fix their bed before they leave for work and who swear that this year, this year, they’ll make the time to put on sickening makeup and do their hair before they go out the door…. and yet despite their best efforts, still hit the snooze button 15 times and get up 10 minutes before they have to leave.