Friday, October 29, 2010

Peperoncini ripieni (stuffed peppers)

Here goes my family recipe of these traditional Piemontese delicacies.
For about 50 tiny round peppers (can be hot or semisweet, as you prefer)

Half a litre of white or apple vinegar
Half a litre of white wine
1 1/2 tsp of salt

About 200 gr of good canned tuna
80 gr of very good quality anchovies
50 capers
Good Extra virgin olive oil

You will need plastic gloves if using hot peppers!

Wash the peppers and take away the stems. Wear your gloves and empty, so that you get rid of all the seeds and white bits inside (I use one of those tiny scoopers normally used for melon or watermelon).

Now bring the wine, vinegar and salt to a boil and cook the peppers for 5 minutes (calculated from the moment when the liquid boils again after adding the peppers). Drain and let cool upsidedown over a cloth.
Prepare the filling by putting the tuna & anchovies (desalted if needed).
When the peppers are dry and cool fill each of them with about 1 tsp of the filling and add a caper on top, pressing a bit.

Pack as tightly as you can without squeezing the filling out of them in glass jars and top with as much olive oil as it takes to cover them completely. Make sure that there are no pockets of air!
Close the jars and wait 3 or 4 weeks before eating them!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Valle Nuova through an unknown guest's eyes

I have a perfect memory of the guest who left me this amazing photo of our swimming pool at sunset, I suspect that he stayed two years ago in September (because September sunsets are THE BEST), but, I'm totally, absolutely, completely sorry to say that I don't remember his name....
I found the photo today, my computer broke down two years ago and I never finished passing all the files from the hard-drive where I stored all of my old computer to the "new" computer... it's just too beautiful not to be published!
So, if you recognize your photo please write me, I'll be more than glad to publicly aknowledge your photo!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Photo of the day: Peperoncini ripieni

This is just a small portion of the peperoncini (small peppers) that we filled today.. inside there's tuna, anchovies and capers (recipe soon).

Photo of the day: October landscape

October landscape around the Locanda: the fields are ploughed and the colours of the leaves have started changing.
Our house is the pink one at the bottom and you can see this view taking one of our recommended walks starting on our doorstep.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Valle Nuova through your eyes: Chris Harden

Thank you Chris and Julia for your photos taken during your visits in June and October this year!
We hope to see you again soon!

Sunday, October 03, 2010


When I received these photos I did not know that he's a professional photographer and documentary maker and I felt so frustrated for my poor photographs!

You can read about him and see more of his photos on his website and his blog.

©Jeremy Llewellyn-Jones