Sunday, November 23
Butternut Squash Soup
2 medium butternut squash - peeled, diced, seeded
2 medium onions, diced
2 carrots, peeled, diced
2 ribs celery diced
2 garlic cloves, chopped
salt & pepper
In a soup pot heat 2 glugs of olive oil over med low heat, add carrots, celery, onions & garlic - until translucent - about 15-20 minutes.
Then add your squash, bay leaf & a couple sprigs of fresh thyme and salt & pepper. Sautée for another 15-20 min. on med-low heat until the squash starts to fall apart & gets soft.
Cover with vegetable stock & cook another 20 min. until the squash is now totally soft.
You may need to adjust the amount - if it looks like it is getting too thick, add a little water.
Blend with a hand blender & then add in about half a cup of heavy cream.
Adjust the seasonings to your liking: you can add in cinnamon, nutmeg &/or a clove to make it a bit more spicy & festive!
Toast a piece of bread & float it on top - garnish if you like with a little parsley
I know the cream sounds heavy, but it really rounds out the vegetables. Enjoy!!
Thursday, November 20
125 g sugar
125 g chopped walnuts
125 g Nutella
125 g butter
60 g flour
.5 teaspoon yeast
pinch of salt
Beat the eggs with the sugar.
Melt the butter & chocolate together.
Combine all ingredients.
Butter & flour a spring form pan. Add mixture to pan.
Cook at 375 for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
(Since this recipe is Italian, it is in grams - click here for a conversion table.)
Monday, November 17
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Monday, November 3
(One of the small birds)
The best part is the hunt is here, in our backyard, in the hills surrounding our house. Every morning expect Tuesday & Thursday (hunting is prohibited on these days so the birds can, quote: ‘recharge their batteries”) you hear the shots being fired...
Jason was invited by our good friend, the Cardiologlist, Dott. Gaggi.
They head into the woods at 6am, ready for the hunt! They take the little tiny hysterical Fiat Panda (4 wheel drive with knobby tires) that is older than us! The car is somehow able to climb straight up into the hills, in “roads” most suitable for horses or a big off -roadin’ truck...not this little old beater car!
They have built about a dozen blinds where you sit & wait for the birds to passover. Let’s just say that Jason does not have a good poker face...as he sees the birds flying over, he still gets too excited - nudging Gaggi & flapping his arms & a bit too loudly ‘whispers’ birds - there they are! Gaggi fires back ‘ferma’ or ‘stop, your scaring them away!”
Up in the hills, into the woods there is a funny little hunters house where this rag-tag group of vecchio (old) men meet. They have a whole setup out in the woods - a homemade hunter’s cabin/shack - with cured meats hanging from the rafters, a little stove, bbq, table & chairs & a fully stocked cabinet with plenty off food & booze to feed the hunters! A big boys club house!
They hunt together every possible morning - sharing stories & jokes (in dialect) and a big fat breakfast at the huntin'!
( The hunters above: Basilio, Olavo, Umberto, Valter, Gigi & Gaggi. Jason is about 30 years younger - but loves it!)
After his first hunt Jason went shopping & bought the complete hunters outfit...
For his next time out he was welcomed with laughter & geers as he arrived in the proper atire. Now he looks the part!
Each & every day can be an adventure! Even though Jason hasn't shot anything yet & is technically not allowed, he is the gloried hunting dog, running out into the brush to look for the little birds - but he is loving it! And looks damn good doing it!
... its a great fall day, misty & foggy, the leaves are all golden & we've got a deer to butcher (seriously!) and birds to clean for eatin' too! we're so country now its hysterical - we seriously have a fresh killed deer hanging in our cantina right now!