Category Archives: Spring

Love story?

For me, Tuscan marshlands are one of the most amazing places to visit. There is something fascinating, soothing and peaceful hardly to explain, one must come and go for a walk to feel and understand. Inside this huge territory, actually … Continue reading

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SPRING

So, finally, the mildest, softest and most promising season of the year is ready to welcome us! If I had lived more than two thousand years ago in ancient Rome, I’d be getting ready to celebrate the Floralia festival (April … Continue reading

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Spring will come…this time for good!

I heard it this morning… a high pressure area (anticyclone) is coming towards Tuscany from the Azores. This means sunny, mild weather  at least until Sunday – maybe for the whole next week. Yes, please! When moving to Italy, one … Continue reading

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Photo available from June 6 to June 12, 2011

Anneliese Rabl …. finding a life in Tuscany

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Marinated salmon fillet

Salmon is a tasty and very healthy fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids, minerals,  protein and vitamins. It is very versatile and can be eaten raw, cooked or smoked.  This recipe (serves one) will definitely surprise you! 1 salmon fillet/3-4 … Continue reading

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Spotlight on Italian herbs: Garlic

Either you love it or you hate it – there is nothing in between unless you belong to a small minority who would enjoy garlic but is not particularly fond of the bad breath it leaves in ones mouth after … Continue reading

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Spotlight on Italian herbs: Bay

The very first time I came across bay leaves  was in the soups and stews my mother used to prepare for me and my family with love and a special eye towards herbs and spices. She was the one who … Continue reading

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Tuscan’s most romantic rose garden

It must be ten or twelve years ago, when I first came across Fattoria Maionchi’s rose garden just outside Lucca in Tuscany. Situated beyond the villa it was well sheltered from curious eyes and, in fact, nobody would imagine that … Continue reading

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Time for oxeye daisies … and for lemon marmalade!

2 kg (4,4 lbs) fresh lemons with untreated peel/1 liter of water/1,2 kg (2,6 lbs) sugar Wash the lemons thoroughly,  transfer into a large saucepan, add the water and boil on a fairly high flame until the lemons are soft … Continue reading

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Strawberry jam with Acacia blossom

3 kg (6,6 lbs) strawberries/1 kg (2,2 lbs) sugar/4 handfuls acacia blossom/4 lemons, zested/1 lemon, juiced Remove tops and greenery and cut strawberries into small pieces. Put into a large bowl, add the sugar and leave for a couple of … Continue reading

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