Today the weather has been absolutely stunning with March sun and spring in the air, and we started replanting and planning the patio outside the “La Casetta” apartment. We have reused the old wine barrels from the wine cellar as planters so absolutely top level recycling. The castle carpenter cut them in two and fixed all the hoops to the barrels so nothing will fall apart over time. Now the new plants just need some time and more of the nice Italian sun to grow into nice big bushy plants.
This mushroom pâté recipe is an updated version of the classic retro vegetarian buffet dish from my childhood in the 70-ies.
Mushroom Pâté (serves 4-6)
500 g fresh mushroom (cleaned and chopped into small pieces)
3 small onions, chopped
1 Garlic clove, minced
50 g Hazel nuts, chopped
100 g cooked rice
1 tblsp. Fresh or dried Thyme
30 g Gorgonzola
2 ½ dl cream
Salt and Pepper
- Heat up the oven till 175 degrees.
- Cook the onion, garlic, nuts, mushrooms and thyme in olive oil. Mix with the cooked rice and all the rest of the ingredients.
- Season to taste with salt and pepper. Pour into a greased nice crock and bake the pâté in the oven for around 60 minutes.
Can be served warm or cold together with freshly baked bread and a salad.
This summer we had the honor to have Australian artist Beatrix Rowe and her fantastic sister Ruby staying with us for a month. Two super sweet girls full of energy and creativity.
Beatrix decorated the walls in the laundry room and in the pool house and made a fabulous coat of arms in the wine cellar with an updated Misciattelli Mocenigo Soranzo family crest. No wonder she has such great success with her own fashion brand “Prawn Cocktail”, check her out on https://prawncocktail.net
Super simpel and easy Christmas ornament
You will need:
7 wine corks
String to hang ca. 30 cm
Ribbon ca. 50 cm
Cut one of the wine corks in two, this will be the base for the tree.
Glue 6 wine corks together (see the photo above). Place the ribbon around the tree and make a bow on the top.
Glue the base to the bottom of the tree, insert the string and tie a knot.
At Castello di Montegiove we are lucky to have our own truffle reserve with black truffles. We very often organise truffle hunts for our guests and it is always a great adventure to experience how the truffle hunter and his dogs are collaborating to find the funny little round truffles growing below the ground. For this recipe I am using the black Montegiove truffles.
375 g Risotto rice
50 g Fresh black truffles, grated (leave some to grate over the risotto for serving)
1 small onion, chopped
4 tblsp. Olive oil
1 ½ l boiling warm Broth
½ glass of white vine
20 g Grated Parmesan cheese (or as much as you like)
30 g of butter
Salt and pepper for seasoning
Heat the oil and half of the butter in a large saucepan over a low heat, add the onion and let it fry for a couple of minutes, add rise and let it all cook for 2-3 minutes.
Add the wine and let it evaporate, then add ½ cup of boiling broth to the rice and stir until the broth is absorbed. Continue adding broth ½ cup at a time, stirring continuously, until the liquid is absorbed and the rice is al dente, about 15-20 minutes.
At the same time heat the rest of the oil and butter in a small pot and add the grated truffles. Warm up over a low heat, add the truffle mix to the risotto.
Remove the pan from the heat, add the Parmesan cheese, stir well, season to taste with salt and pepper, leave the risotto with the lid on for a minute to rest, then serve on warm plates and grate fresh truffles on the top.
The best thing about these first days of the wine harvest is the newly pressed red grape juice “il mosto di vino rosso” a delicacy closely linked to autumn. For us at Castello di Montegiove it marks the moment when the grapes pass from the vineyard to the cellar.
In the evening we gather around the big table in the kitchen with a glass of fresh pressed sweet grape must and drink it together with roasted chestnuts from the Umbrian mountains around Montegiove. We eat them with a pinch of salt and somehow, we always end up eating way too many, the combination of the sweet must and the salty chestnuts is just delicious.
End of August and September is just around the corner, the garden is full of delicious apples and blackberries just waiting to be transformed into cakes and other autumn delights.
This cake can be made with cinnamon for the Scandinavian hygge taste or with vanilla for a fresher summer taste. It is nice for dessert or served with a hot cup of tea on a cold autumn or winter afternoon.
1kg apples peeled and chopped
2-3 cups Water
Sugar (depending on how sweet the apples are)
Vanilla sugar or cinnamon
125 g Almonds grated
125 g Butter softened
125 g Brown Sugar
75 g Flour (if gluten free use the flour for bread)
Cook apples in water and lemon juice until tender. When cooked season with sugar, cinnamon or vanilla.
Preheat the oven to 190 C. Butter an ovenproof pie dish.
Pour the cooked apples into the pie dish.
Topping: Mix grated almonds, soft butter, sugar, eggs and the flour.
Pour the topping over the apples and even out.
Bake for 30 minutes 190 C or until the top is golden and crisp.
Remove cake from oven, can be served warm or cold, serve with blackberries and ice cream or whipped cream.