Food for thought … and thoughtful food.
Simple food, any food, so long as it is good and made with love (angry food upsets the workings of digestion).
I am one of those who live to eat and consider it a prime pleasure of life, together with fun and all kinds of frolicking … it is my way of celebrating ties of friendship and love, my way of being grateful to life.
He that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast.
This blog follows on from my previous one called “My Home Food That’s Amore” (www.myhomefoodthatsamore.wordpress.com). I love(d) that title ! Because I am all about home food. The WordPress people were badgering me to create a website instead of a blog, because I had run out of space – and indeed, during a more ambitious phase, I really thought I would be able to set up a website called “Frascati Food Embassy” – but a blog is just about as much as I can cope with. Hence this ‘new’ blog – which is just the continuation of the one before. It’s still “me”, tee hee.
I am Jo (Josephine) Wennerholm, grew up speaking English and Italian (my mother is from Frascati) and have been acting as ‘ambassadress’ to Frascati and other beautiful hill towns of the Castelli Romani area since 1992, when circumstances brought me in close contact with expats living here. Frascati is famous for many beautiful buildings but especially for its wine: it was the first in Italy to receive the DOC appellation in 1966. It is only a short drive or train journey from Rome … a storied area around the ancient town of Tusculum that existed even before Rome did. It is a leafy spot, replete with vineyards, hills, lakes and air that is gorgeous to breathe. The eye can wander and wonder here as it takes in all the natural beauty showcasing traces of Roman civilization, ancient churches, and historic baroque villas. Many who visited these parts on their Grand Tour were smitten, including Goethe, George Sand and John Singer Sargent.
We like simple food made with love, and I am here to show you the way – the Roman Castelli way. Ample photos make my recipes very easy to follow. And they are pretty straightforward anyway, or I would not perform them.
Would you like to come to Rome and cook? You’ll get not only lessons in Italian home cooking but a day-long culinary experience as we source our ingredients at family-run food shops and at markets and farmers markets. We can even visit a wine estate. Yes, you’ll see a princely Villa – next door to me. And sample the best Frascati and other Castelli towns ever. Each experience is custom designed for your pleasure and I have ideas to suit many a budget, from that of a honeymoon couple to that of corporate brass parties. I promise you a delightful day you will always remember, and recipes that will never let you down. If you would like to contact me to discuss the kind of culinary experience I could design for you, please do so at firstname.lastname@example.org .