Christmas · Cooking · Glutenfree · Life at Castello di Montegiove

Candy Apples

Lifeatcastellomontegiove candy apple

 

An almost healthy Christmas afternoon snack and both fast and easy to make.

For 4 apples you will need:

125 g sugar

1/2 dl water

4 sticks (around 25 cm long)

a pieces of parchment paper

 

Wash and dry the apples and stick the stick into the tops of the apples.

In a heavy-bottomed saucepan mix together sugar and water, leave it bubbling on medium/low temperature until the candy syrup is clear.

Roll the apple around in the candy syrup one at a time, let the excess syrup drip off. Put the apples on the parchment paper and leave them to harden -takes around 10 minutes.

Buon Appetito!!!

Christmas · Life at Castello di Montegiove

Christmas Market 2018

Mercatino flyer til mail mv

Time is flying and it is soon time again for the annual Christmas Market at Castello di Montegiove, the first Sunday in December, where I am bringing a bit of my Scandinavian childhood Christmas to the castle. Our family Christmas begins with preparing for the market, we decorate the castle with wreaths, festoons, string lights, Christmas threes and so much more and we just can’t wait to open the gates and let visitors in.

There will be more than 15 stands this year selling all kind of Christmas related products and also this year we are counting on Santa Claus to come by and say hello to the children. The Christmas market is as always combined with wine tasting of Castello di Montegiove wines and the delicious porchetta from our local famous porchettaro.

Just can’t wait to the 2th of December!!

Christmas · Cooking

Chicken liver mousse

chicken-liver-pate

Chicken liver mousse for Christmas Lunch or Appetizer

300 g Chicken liver (cleaned and chopped into small pieces)

1 Onion, small chopped

1 Garlic clove, minced

100 g Butter chopped into chunks

1-2 Anchovies

1/2 tblsp. Capers

2 tblsp. Mascarpone

Marsala wine (as much as you like)

Fresh thyme chopped (as much as you like)

Salt and Pepper

Cook the onion, garlic and thyme in a knob of butter. Add the chicken liver and the anchovies and let it cook for around 5 minutes, make sure everything is cooked. Add salt pepper and Marsale and let it simmer for 1 minute.

Transfer everything into the food processor together with the rest of the butter, the capers and the mascarpone and blend until smooth.

Season to taste with salt and pepper. Pour into a nice crock and place in the fridge for at least 3 hours.

Serve on toasted bread or crackers!

 

Christmas · Creative

Pinecone Ball

zx6h3iarredrtggxvchva_thumb_c6ce

These pinecone balls are easy to make and a fun project also for children, they will love going for a walk searching for the pinecones.

Materials:
Polystyrene balls
Brown spray paint
Hot glue
Lots of small pinecones
A string and a nice bow
Some glitter to make the pinecone ball even more festive

1. Make a hole in the polystyrene ball and attach a string, with hot glue, to hang the ball.

2. Paint the polystyrene balls with the brown spray paint and let it dry.

3. Attach all the pinecones with the hot glue, start from the top around the string and work down to the bottom of the ball.

4. Let the glue dry before arranging the bow and apply the glitter.

 

 

Christmas · Special Events

Christmas Market

file-page1

Finally time for the annual Christmas Market at Castello di Montegiove.

Every year I am bringing a bit of my Scandinavian Christmas to Montegiove when we are organizing the Christmas Market the first Sunday in December. Our family Christmas begins with preparing for the market, we decorate the castle with wreaths, festoons, string lights, Christmas threes and so much more – just can’t get enough.

We always combine the market with wine tasting of our wines and the delicious porchetta from our local porchetta producer. This year we have more than 15 different stands selling all kind of Christmas related products and it looks like even Santa Claus will be here.

Just can’t wait to the 4th of December!!