Recipes


  Crystal clear and nutritient dense stock and broths in 45 minutes.   White beans like zolfini and cannellini; black eyed peas and chick peas cooked to perfection in 20 to 30 minutes with no overnight soaking.  Ragu, stews and braises in an hour.    My pressure cooker is the most used appliance in my kitchen and…

It’s almost Easter, the days are getting longer and my hens, ducks, geese and quail are busy again laying lots of eggs after a slow winter.  I’m busy too, making pickled eggs for the holidays which is an Easter tradition in my family.  METHOD To make the pickling brine I combine our red wine vinegar…

    At La Petraia we don’t have cows.  The principal fats we produce are olive oil and lard.   I have found it possible to reproduce, with good results most butter based desserts and pastry using these two fats.  In this post I will discuss olive oil, which is an excellent choice for anyone…

Hello everyone and welcome to my new blog where I will try and post a weekly account of what I am cooking, growing, and most importantly what I am learning from La Petraia.  I will also share with you my stories of the places I travel to and the people I meet who inspire me….