Pan Co’Santi: A Favourite local recipe for this time of year

It seems that it’s that time of year when some peoples crafting goes down a rather spooky road, and while halloween themed crafting doesn’t really grab me, all seasonal baking does. Here in Siena, the lead up to All Souls or the Festa dei Morti (2nd November) is marked as so many Italian festivals both local … More Pan Co’Santi: A Favourite local recipe for this time of year

A Winter of Natural Plant Dyeing Experiments: Striking Neons, a few cowpats and a surprise

It’s been a while since I posted regarding my natural dyeing experiments so I thought I’d do a round up of the various colours and shades that I’ve been cooking up over the winter months, in anticipation of, and to clear the decks for, the opportunities that spring will bring. Today I will stick to … More A Winter of Natural Plant Dyeing Experiments: Striking Neons, a few cowpats and a surprise

Vitalbini

In my last post a made reference to Old Man’s Beard/Clematis Vitalba shoots being edible and being eaten here in Tuscany. Not to leave any stone unturned I thought I should at least give it a go and report back… The edible bit of the plant is the new growing shoot, so I picked those … More Vitalbini

Preserving and Making Space: My Adventures in Marmalade

We were still mid move when I first drafted this post but as I publish we’ve been ‘here’ 6 weeks. Actually since we officially moved, and by that I mean sold out house and had to vacate it earlier than planned, I’ve actually been back in the UK finishing up some fieldwork, come back to … More Preserving and Making Space: My Adventures in Marmalade