I consider quite some food as highly overrated if you compare what you pay and what you get. Among these Truffles and Porcini mushrooms. Whereas I still keep my opinion about truffles (so often disappointing!), this season I changed my mind about Porcinis. It is also a quality issue. This…


This is a dish I started to cook 2 years ago and which I repeated in this Porcini season.

The chestnuts were from my own Chestnut tree, not the big “Maroni”, smaller ones, but delicious. You really have to clean them thoroughly! Both skins and the thin second one is…


Filetti di Coregone

I am living near Bolsena lake an ancient crater, ones filled with Lava, now with water. And in this water, there are many tasty fish

The most appreciated of this is the Coregone also callled “lavarello”. …


Duck Breast and Divina Villa

Most lean meat is terrible, when overcooked, but often perfect to eat raw or at least raw inside. So is duck breast. It is wonderful just crispy fried on both sides and nearly raw inside. Duck breast is very lean, but it has a fat…


The combination of shellfish and pulses is not unusual in Italian cooking, and it is delicious. This dish actually combines 2 recipes. One is composed by Ceci and spinach and the other is simply “ceci con le cozze”. …


This is not an Italian recipe. Italians would abhor the idea to eat “cavolo nero” raw, and indeed it needs good guts to digest it.

Obviously the idea of producing Kale salad comes from the US, but many other good things are coming from the US, am I right? …


Zero Zero Grano

I am not a celiac and not even intolerat towards gluten. I am happy for this, because I find a lot of gluten free stuff quite disgusting. But wandering around in San Ferdinando I found this place.The menu was not banal as in most touristic restaurants in…


Pork chops with mushrooms and chestnuts

It is nearly November. Autumn is the time of Chestnuts.
I collected the Chestnuts from my own tree at Buon Respiro.

Mushrooms is more difficult, better to buy them :-), but mixed mushrooms for the forest are the best for this dish. …


Pork and dried plums pair very well. Any kind of lean (but not too..) pork fits, but best the fillet or the centerpiece of a chop.

You need onions, dried plums, plum wine or white wine, mascarpone. Aromatice oil in the pan with onions. Take the onions of of the…


China bashing has become a fashion. Especially with western media. ( Luckily not with European business. Big business (i.e. Volkswagen) is investing heavily in the PRC).

A recent example is from the Corriere della Sera, which reported about the terrible treatment of women in China. A woman, who brought pictures…

Johannes Keizer

ex68activist converted to science and later to agricultural science finishing up with a strong interest in science, technology, food and wine

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