In Siena they call it “minestra di ceci coi tagliolini “ but the true recipe for Christmas Eve are the “tagliatini con i ceci delle Rose” a hamlet that no longer exists
Tagliatini con i ceci delle Rose
By Alice Bracciali Fattoria del Colle
Le Rose was a tiny hamlet of just two houses where two families lived, each with more than twenty members, and it was found between Torrita and Abbadia di Montepulciano, in the Sienese countryside. In the 1920’s it was abandoned and then demolished. One of the two houses belonged to “Lecca”, my great grandfather, and that is where my grandma Franca lived. As a young woman she learned this Christmas recipe.
Tagliatini con i ceci ingredients
“Chi guasta la Vigilia di Natale, corpo di lupo e anima di cane” – “Those who break the Christmas fast, have a wolf’s body and a dog’s soul” my grandma used to say. This was a threat for those who did not follow tradition and forgot to serve at least one dish without meat, always however considered a luxury. This dish is in any case a very tasty one and nourishing at the same time although simple and poor
To serve in the best manner, add a little Extra Virgin olive oil Correggiolo from Fattoria del Colle to each serving Read more…
Eros and relax at Fattoria del Colle with its tub for couple wine bathing and a couple’s massage with extra virgin olive oil with its sensual virtues
Fattoria-del-Colle-vioteraphy and couple's massage
Not many know this and that is why it is worth trying it now: extra virgin olive oil has aphrodisiacal proprieties and is indicated as an essential emollient to unleash sexuality. The massage with oil, especially if done as a couple prepares the skin for caresses and stimulates the pleasure with its aroma which added to lavender or other natural essences acts as aromatherapy and helps seduction on its way.
Where better to have this experience than at Fattoria del Colle? In the heart of Tuscany, in the midst of olive groves and vineyards, where there is a small 16th century hamlet where one can stay, eat a candle- lit dinner and regenerate in the wellness area. An area where every detail is cared for, exclusive, equipped with sauna, Turkish baths, mini-pool with Jacuzzi, and an area for couples with a wooden tub where to soak in wine and couches for couple massages. The regenerating relaxing and rejuvenating virtues of the water, extra virgin olive oil and wine from Montalcino will make you Valentines’ Day unforgettable Read more…
The Trequanda area, where Fattoria del Colle is found, has always been renowned for its exceptional extra-virgin olive oil and the 2012 produce is very good
Olives 2012 Fattoria Del Colle
Seen for you by Donatella Cinelli Colombini
The quality of the oil depends 50% from the soil and microclimate of the olive grove, a mix of permanent elements such as ex position to the sun and some variable elements such as amount of rainfall and temperatures. Connected to the production area is also the presence of the malevolent oleic fly, who lays its eggs inside the olives in so ruining the quality, or obligating the farmers to use pesticides. Trequanda does not have this problem; its olives are sound by nature because the fly does not arrive as far as this region 404 metres above sea level 25% of the quality of the oil come s from the “cultivar” (variety of the olive trees) and from the cultivation, in other words choices made by the farmers. It is very important when and how the olives are picked, and that they be transported to the mill the same day that they are picked without being squashed.
Here comes the 2012 extra virgin olive oil and Toscana Lovers, the Tuscan handicraft boutique, which supplies us with the small dipping bowls for pinzimonio
Extra virgin olive oil-Toscana Lovers-Siena-bowls for pinzimonio
How do you transform an old farmhouse tradition into a refined trendy entree? With pinzimonio. Nowadays the crudités are among the entrees at elegant wedding banquets and are fart of the most exclusive breakfasts. But in fact the pinzimonio, that the old farmers used to eat for breakfast, is till today the tastiest way to enjoy fresh vegetables. Celery, cucumber, carrots, radishes, endivia, fennel ….are all dipped in oil seasoned with salt and pepper.
The taste is wonderful especially when the oil has just been made, like at this time of year. Now the extra virgin olive is an emerald green colour and offers it’s best nutritious characteristics – basically it is youth balm for our tissues. The oil at Fattoria del Colle is obtained through cold pressing in the small mill at Castelmuzio by pressing the hand picked olives when they are still green. Three different types are made: mixed varieties, only correggiolo (frantoio) variety and only moraiolo. 1-1,5 tonnes in all which are preserved at a controller temperature and without contact with air so as to preserve its characteristics. So not much is made, but it is excellent.