Sunday, January 29, 2012

Where we live

Yesterday Giovanni and I cleaned the leaves from the path down to the
back gate and the patios in the woods so I thought to take a few
pictures of the property in winter. It has been dry and cold here now
for weeks, not a fun winter.

Bomb Shelter

At the edge of our property and partially under it there is a World
War II bomb shelter. Some time ago I found the entrance and have been
wanting to go in and take some pictures. So finally today Giovanni
and I went in; it was a bit of an adventure.  It's totally dark inside so the pictures are all lit by the camera flash. 

Friday, January 27, 2012

Gnocchi Con La Ricotta Fresca

Gnocchi made with fresh ricotta, this is from the Cucina Bellunese cookbook.  It's so good and so easy to make I feel obligated to share it.  You need:

500 grams of fresh ricotta
150 g of flour
2 eggs
12 sage leaves
100 g butter
50 g grana padano, (parmigiana cheese)

Combine/mix well the ricotta, flour, eggs and a bit of salt, then let it rest in the fridge for half an hour

Boil some water make large gnocchi using two table spoons and drop them into the water, when they rise up they are done.

Put the butter and sage leaves in a frying pan and cook tell the butter starts to turn brown.  Take out the leaves and pour the butter over the gnocchi.  Serve with lots of fresh grana grated over the top.  You can also put the sage leaves on the plates and season with more salt and some pepper if you like.  It's also good if you don't have the sage, just do the butter.

Next time I make it I'll take a picture.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Camper Parking

We park in places like this often as they are free. This is in
Bresannone which is near Bolzano. I like the sign at the entrance
which says campers only cars will be towed away. These parking areas
don't look so inviting, but they are not a destination, just a place
to park with a close walk into town. The thing is that sometimes the
camper is kind of like being in an apartment attached to others, you
have your own little environment mostly inside and especially in the
Winter. From here we had a short walk into the nice little town all
decorated with Christmas lights and the little temporary huts for the
Christmas market which was still going on.