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.

14
sep
myrrhis

Myrrhis

Also known as Myrhh, this is grown in the garden both as an herb and flowering perennial. Foliage is bright green and almost fernlike in appearance, with a strong flavor and smell of sweet licorice. Large umbels of tiny white flowers appear in early summer, followed by shiny black seeds. Prune back hard after flowering to rejuvenate the leaves. Excellent for specimen effect in the June border. Seeds may be used to propagate, but must be sown immediately when fresh, in late summer.

Myrrhis...

22
may
laurel-vodka

Laurel vodka

10 g of laurel leaves, 1 dl lemon juice, 1 dl of vodka, 2 teaspoons of sugar

Prepare an infusion by placing leaves in the boiling water, letting it sit for 10 minutes. Strain and add the lemon juice and vodka while it is still hot, but not shaken.
Let rest for at least an hour, then serve by adding sugar.

You find a lyquor with the laurel also at our Restaurant: L'allorino

23
nov
hyssop

Hyssop

Hyssopus officinalis or hyssop is a herbaceous plant of the genus Hyssopus native to Southern Europe, the Middle East, and the region surrounding the Caspian Sea. Due to its properties as an antiseptic, cough reliever, and expectorant, it is commonly used as an aromatic herb and medicinal plant

The perennial plant hyssop is native to the Mediterranean region and is considered a holy plant. During the time of the Romans, this herb was used against the plague, as a disinfectant and for treatment...

03
sep
vitamins-e-and-d

Vitamins E and D

Vitamin E is found in wheat germ, vegetable oils, legumes and pescce.
Is used against neurological disorders, cardiovascular, against premenstrual syndrome.
Promotes skin health.

We recommend a good soup at least once a week.

Vitamin D is found in fortified milk and fish.
The primary biological function of vitamin D is to maintain normal levels of calcium and phosphorus in the blood and promotes the absorption of calcium, helping to form and maintain strong bones and teeth growth.
Stimulates...

27
aug
k-and-c-vitamins

K and C Vitamins

The "green food" is good and good kids!

Vitamin K is found in leafy green vegetables, cauliflower and green tea.
It promotes and stanching bone metabolism and kidney functions.

Dont ever miss at every meal a fruit or a green vegetable.

Vitamin C is found in citrus fruits, tomatoes, strawberries, peppers, broccoli and potatoes.
Is antioxidant, stimulates the immune system, mantine bone health and promotes the functioning of the sexual organs.

We recommend at least a citrus juice per day; is...

30
dec
chicken-liver-pate

Chicken liver pate

Chop the onion, the carrot and the celery. Cook it in a pan with oil salt and pepper, util it will be light brown. Add chicken liver in chunks and cook it slowly adding wine or winsanto. After 15 minuts cooking, add the anchovy fillets and capers than mix everything and chop it in the meat grinder. After that put the patè in the pan again and cook it for 10 minuts, adding 2-3 big spoon of vegetable broth. Add the butter, salt and pepper as needed, and stir. The chicken liver patè is ready to...

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