The onion calendar is an old and almost forgotten form of a New Year’s oracle from Central Europe, aiming at predicting the coming year’s weather, which was important for farmers.At New Year’s Eve, they cut an onion in half, laying out 12 “cups” of onion layers, according to the months of the year, and sprinkle... Continue Reading →
The Holy Week is the week from Palm Sunday to Easter. It is packed with age-old rituals, customs and processions, some of which are the same for Catholics all over the world, and some of which are specific for this region. I would like to describe just a few of the customs of the Valle... Continue Reading →
Autumn is my favorite season at the trullo: the warm colours, the cold weather, the comfort of staying nice and warm and dry while looking through the window into a stormy outside world, not to forget the fact that most outdoors work is done for the moment, not to forget the culinary point of view.
With lots of lavender blossoming the question is: What to do with it? I decided to try to make lavender wands this year; they are less messy than lavender bundles and much more decorative. Take a bundle of an uneven number of lavender stalks. Tie them together with a ribbon. Fold the stems back over... Continue Reading →