05
nov
2015

bergamot

Bergamot (Citrus bergamia) has the fresh, sweet, citrus scent that is familiar to many as the flavoring in Earl Grey Tea. Uplifting and relaxing, it is good for building confidence and enhancing your mood. It has a long history of use for oily and troubled skin.

While the distinctive fruit of the bergamot (bergamotto of Italy, bergamote of France) is sometimes referred to as an orange, its resemblances to the oranges are so remote or lacking that it seems best to employ the European usage.  Both the origin of the name and its significance are obscure.  It appears to be a hybrid of the sour orange, however, for which reason it has commonly been regarded as a botanical variety of C. aurantium L.  Since the differences are numerous and marked and a wide degree of variation is exhibited, separate species standing seems to be justified.
      The tree is moderately vigorous, upright to spreading in habit, virtually thornless, and with new shoot growth not pink- or purple-tinted.  At full maturity it is medium-small to medium in size.  The leaves are large and somewhat like the lemon in color, form, and emargination, although the blades are sharper-pointed and the petioles are longer and more broadly winged.
      The flower buds and flowers are medium-large and pure white and there is but one bloom.  The lemon-yellow-colored fruits are small to medium-large, oblate, round obovate or broadly pyriform, frequently possess a small navel, and usually have a persistent style.  The rind is medium-thin with a smooth to moderately rough surface, commonly ridged, and adherent.  The segments are numerous and the core solid.  The flesh is moderately firm, pale greenish-yellow, and highly acid with a faint bitter aftertaste.  The highly monoembryonic seeds, comparatively few and sometimes none, often are not well developed.  The cotyledons are white or faintly green.
      A distinctive characteristic of both foliage and fruits is the strongly pungent and agreeably aromatic oil, which is similar to that of the sour orange leaf, though the rind oil of the latter is different.
      The bergamot has been known in the Mediterranean for several centuries, the distinctive and desirable characteristics of its oil having been recognized as early as 1750.

23
dec
straccetti-del-mulino

Straccetti del Mulino

Ingredients: ( for 6 people)

Sauce:
- 4 sausages
- 1 onion
- 5 tomatoes
- extra virgin olive oil

Peal the onion, and slice it up into small cubes. Heat up a frying pan with a bit of extra virgin olive oil in it and get the onions brown. Add the sausages in, cook them together for about 15 minutes, than add a glass of white wine to it. When it starts to evaporate, add the chopped tomates and cook for about an other 40 minutes.

Pasta:
- 5 Cups flour ( 500 gr )
- 5 Eggs
- salt
- extra virgin...

06
dec
amaranth

Amaranth

Amaranthus, collectively known as amaranth, is a cosmopolitan genus of annual or short-lived perennial plants. Some amaranth species are cultivated as leaf vegetables, pseudocereals, and ornamental plants. Most of the species from Amaranthus are summer annual weeds and are commonly referred to as pigweed

Amaranth greens are a common leaf vegetable throughout the tropics and in many warm temperate regions. See Callaloo

Cooked amaranth leaves are a good source of vitamin A, vitamin C, and...

23
oct
pimpinella

Pimpinella

The Pimpinella plant genus consists hardy annual herbs that reach from 45 to 90 cm in height.

Some common names for Pimpinella include Aniseed and Anise.

Aniseed blooms in the summer with umbels of tiny white flowers and plants are converted for their seeds; these should be harvested once they begin to turn gray and loosen easily from their coats.

An essential oil is obtained from the seed, used in perfumery, tooth pastes, medicinally and as a food flavouring.
The powdered seed can be used...

31
dec
wildschwein

Wildschwein

ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons/60 ml extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 onion, coarsely chopped
  • 1 carrot, coarsely chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, coarsely chopped
  • 2 pounds/900 g wild boar, cubed
  • 1/2 teaspoon/2.5 ml nutmeg
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup/250 ml red wine
  • 1 (28-ounce/800 g) can pureed tomatoes
  • 1 cup/250 ml beef broth

Heat up the extra-virgin olive oil in a large stewing pot. Add the onion, carrot, and celery. Cook until the vegetables have become soft. Add the cubed wild...

20
jul
black-currants

BLACK CURRANTS

In the kitchen is traditionally used for jams. It is a natural antihistamine.

Some active ingredients present in this plant are able to counteract the action of histamine, a substance responsible for so much annoying allergic reactions.

There are numerous herbal products made from leaves, berries, buds or black currant seed, not only to combat seasonal allergies but also excellent for their antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and detoxifying.

18
oct
savory

Savory

Summer savory (Satureja hortensis) is the better known of the savory species. It is an annual, but otherwise is similar in use and flavor to the perennial winter savory. It is used more often than winter savory, which has a slightly more bitter flavor.

This herb has lilac tubular flowers which bloom in the northern hemisphere from July to September. It grows to around 30 to 60 cm (0.98 to 1.97 ft) in height and has very slender, bronze-green leaves.

Summer savory is a traditional popular...