Ancient Ostia

Ostia started probably as far the 5th century BC as a small military outpost to protect the mouth of the river and the coast near Rome. After its initial military role it became a major port and trading center. In its heyday it had a population of some 50000 inhabitants.Nowadays the ancient ruins are immersedContinue reading “Ancient Ostia”

Fall flavours: biscotti al castagnaccio

Fall has arrived and with it one of the fall fruits: chestnuts! In Tuscany and other Italian regions at this time of the year you can find Castagnaccio which is a sort of moisty pie made of chestnut flour, pine nuts and raisins. Inspired by this recipe I baked these cookies or biscotti which haveContinue reading “Fall flavours: biscotti al castagnaccio”