Our article for National Geographic Traveler about the Valle d’Itria

Our article (photos by Manoocher & text by Ursula) about the great culinary traditions of the Valle d'Itria has just been published in the Spring Edition 2019 of the National Geographic Traveler Magazine Italy (in Italian). In edicola: Il nostro articolo sulle grandi tradizioni culinarie della Valle d'Itria è stato pubblicato nella rivista National Geographic Traveler (Primavera... Continue Reading →

Ancient Roman dinner

I've been preparing a historic dinner from Ancient Rome, based on recipes from Apicius' cookbook De re coquinaria, with lots of good and organic ingredients from our own soil. Starting with conditum paradoxum, a sweet, wine-based aperitif, some Roman bread baked with bay leaves, moretum - a herb and garlic cream cheese, eggs in ovis... Continue Reading →

Wine harvest

This year's wine harvest for a refreshing blend of Bianco d'Alessano, Verdeca and Malvasia bianca. An extraordinarily humid summer and some ugly hail have caused quite some damage, especially as we like to keep fungicides to an absolute minimum. But that's nature. We have to do some more work sorting out bad grapes. Cat Frodo... Continue Reading →

A dinner fit for a knight

A medieval dinner featuring Apulian ingredients: A meat and mushroom pie, crepes with chicken cooked in spiced wine with apples, vegetables, fire roasted onions with verjuice and olive oil, cheese, pears poached in red wine, and bread baked from home grown wheat. Not to forget the wine, of course.  

Wheat!

It looked more like a weed field but it actually was a wheat field: Now we, well, a neighbour with his tractor, to be honest, harvested our first wheat. Looking forward to bake my first bread out of homegrown wheat, with sourdough, of course!

About the Origin of Wine

Who actually made the first wine? And where? Several Middle Eastern and Caucasus countries have been competing for the oldest traces of winemaking, even China is among the top five. But let's start from the beginning: Answering the question of the cradle of winemaking depends on how you define wine. A 9,000 year old residue... Continue Reading →

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