October 8, 2005
Fall Market treasures
Fall is my favorite season to cook,slow stews, beans and soups encouraging long slow meals with friends and wine.
The rain has arrived, hopefully everyone got their grapes harvested in time, this years summer was not hot, and many left the grapes on the vine to catch the Indian summer, which came... and went!
But the rain brings us gifts!
Porcini mushrooms grow on a hot day after it's rained under Chestnut and Oak trees, so we are in mushroom heaven now.
Besides the Porcini, this week we also saw the beautiful OVULI, a rare mushroom, which when tiny looks like a hard-boiled egg (OVO in Floretine dialect), the bright yellow cap forming what looks like a yolk.
Other wild gifts of fall are the colored Cauliflower and broccoli!
something right out of a science experiment!
Fall also sees the return of Chocolate to the market!
The summer heat makes it impossible to maintain chocolate, so the plants close down and reopen in September. fun commercial chocolates like Baci and Pocket Coffee are at their best, being just made.
I am off to run a chocolate tour for professionals from Ecole Chocolat, a great online chocolate school!
They will finish the week off in Perugia at the incredible Eurochocolate festival in Perugia!