So, after 26 days… for breakfast: bread pancetta poached egg, for dinner: carbonara… delicious.

4 kg for next week, but this time I will try different curing spices


Dalai Lama

Some beautiful and simple words from the conference at the ASB showgrounds in Christchurch on the 8th of June.

Friendship comes only with real trust

Less anger then less fear

When the dark looks transparent then you feel trust

When you feel real affection from others your sadness can calm down

Usually after fear you feel anger

To have a complete happiness in life you have to have these things: trust, compassion, inner strength, self confidence.

Because of global warming the weather change, weather patrons change and maybe natural tragedies increase. We need to think how to built better because tragedies can be worse. The whole world is not safe. We need to be prepared to live with a complicated nature.

If the government is not caring properly we should think for the next election.

Future depend on individual shoulders.

Happy life comes with your positive actions.

Many problems are created for our own actions


Yes, truffles! we visited Gareth’s farm, Limestone Hills, he showed us the property (truffiere, olives trees, fruit trees, even a pistachio tree!) and one wonderful truffle of 60 grs., the truffle season is starting late this year but thanks to Rosie (the dog) we could delight our noses and eyes.

We went for the olives, we collected 5 kl of Moraiolo and Leccino olives, planning to go back early next week, otherwise the birds will enjoy more than us.

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Letter of the week

I sent this letter to the Herald like a comment to this article: MasterChef winner’s Euro break. On sunday, May 29th, was selected as letter of the week.  If you didn’ t read it before here it is.

As a cook, I consider this a big joke, well it’s a tv show I understand, the problem is that this tv program create wrongly ideas about how to be a real professional cook in the new generation and maybe some lazy cooks who wants to take advantage of this behaviour.
She is just a cook or she likes to cook. but not because after a tv show you are a Master Chef (A chef is a person who cooks professionally for other people. Although over time the term has come to describe any person who cooks for a living, traditionally it refers to a highly skilled professional who is proficient in all aspects of food preparation.The word “chef” is borrowed (and shortened) from the French term chef de cuisine, the director or head of a kitchen).
At the end this kind of things are just for the money and not for the real feeling for love of food and real passion fir cooking. stop this big show and create something more positive. (first they need to learn that a stock doesnt come from a box from countdown, it has a preparation of more than 8 hrs…. they dont have time to do that on tv)