We were blessed with incredible weather this week in Chianti for our session, even the full moon did it's part as we enjoyed it in San Gimignano sitting in the main square having pizza and gelato.
Most of the grape harvest is done now and the olive harvest is beginning. I live next door to one of the villages olive oil presses, and can walk over and bring a large 5 liter bottle and buy fresh from the press. Can't wait!
In my garden I am thrilled with my saffron- we have harvested the first of the blossoms last week and this week there were just as many again. There are more blossoms to open still. I will show you a foto of the final amount when it is all done.
We have brought out the down comforter and the electric mattress warmer and in the kitchen I have also started to cook some of my favorite dishes, soups, risotto and stews. White truffles are starting to show up on menus everywhere and the last of the porcini mushrooms.
What I really love about winter coming are the wonderful salad greens and citrus. Salads with new oil and a touch of sea salt are my vitamins for the season. Last night we added raw fennel and radishes along with some arugula from our garden. We have planted some lettuces in the winter garden and will look for more varieties to add, as Andrea adored his salads.
Our chili pepper plant is still giving us chili and I am so glad we planted it, the peppers have a great kick and not just heat, but a fabulous flavor. This will keep summer in my kitchen all winter.
Another recipe which is a symbol of the season are cipolline in agro dolce, sweet and sour boiling onions.
We can buy the onions already peeled which is a real treat, but you can also just slice the onions and make what we would call onion jam.
This would be fabulous for Thanksgiving, you can also add some dried cranberries and toasted pinenuts to dress it up.