Seasonal recipe

Pumpkin gnocchi, a vegan personalization of the famous butternut squash and sage English recipe learn from Alexia some time ago!

Cut a quarter of the pumpkin you grew in Summer from the seeds collected last year, cut in slices and cool it in the oven for 40 min.

Mill the wheat you harvested last summer so that you have 1/2 kilo of flour.

Blend the pumpkin with olive oil you cold extracted last October to form a cream and mix it with flour till become an homogenous dough.

Cut it in large slices and the chop them. Take a fork and roll them down to shape your gnocchi. You are now ready to boil them!

Stir sage and tofu in olive oil while shortly boiling your gnocchi! Buon appetito!

Stay close, stay safe

Summer is coming to an end. Many ask me where is the honey. Honey is for the bees, not for us. Milk is for the viel, not for us. As long as we do not change our point of view there will not be a sustainable future for the human being in planet Earth.

My bees are happy only because are not disturbed but cared. Because I am not there to rob their honey stock but to check their health.

Honey eventually will come, if and when the seasons will allow. Sustainability is about dealing with less, not with more and more as we have been told.

Summer guests

Black Bees at Sea Garden

As COVID Summer is coming to an end, just last happy human guests arriving tomorrow, I am enjoying happy bees’ company. Thanks to the colourful sea garden they have plenty of nectar to stock up as honey for the mild winter. Cheers!

A world without bees

My passion for honey bees started as many things in my life, by reading a book; it was a birthday gift few days before leaving UK in 2009 and the title was “a world without bees”, and guests are happy to take it off the shelf of my library and read it @PrimopassoSeaGarden

Flow Hive @PrimoPasso

But I missed some practice to become an apirist myself, so I googled for easy concepts and bee friendly, and I came across some Aussie nice folks Crowfunding their prototype. It soon became a worldwide success and now almost everywhere you can find the brand @Flow Hive, which you see in the picture

Full blossom recovery

Once I had my hive, I still missed the bees… and here come one of the special friends I bumped into my life as a matter of destiny: Carlo Amodeo, the apirist who saved the local sicilian black bee from being neglected and lost in memory. Carlo came to Primo Lasso water mill in 2009, but 10 years after was immediately available to support the former investment banker in achieving a quite different goal: look after his black bees, and eventually offer some honey for friends and guests.

In my first year I made several classic mistakes but never gave up and learnt as much as I could from it. In May I felt lost because my queen left along with many youngers without me even noticing, as I was too excited to wait for honey.

The frames had to be scale down from 8 to 5, but in just 4 weeks the hive recover its population, thanks to the egg laying of the young new queen.

After 10 years from the first page of the book, I still have not enjoyed a sì for jar of honey, yet I am happy like a kid watching the blue sea for the first time. More news to come soon.

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#VeganLife

Tomatoes and peppers

While the B&B stays close, more time is devoted to growing vegetables and citrus. It takes months to get the ending results, but more time yields better qualities. No classrooms, no chemicals, just mowing the lawn.

Can you name the fruits and vegetables from the look of their plants? Enlarge the pictures or read caption! Enjoy.

Zucchini
Green beans

HOME SIZE DEPENDS BY HOST HOSPITALITY.

Due to COVID19 travel disruption, I decided to stay close for business this Summer. In a time when people has limited budget, flights are grounded and social distancing is key to avoid spreading the virus, I will open the door to my close friends and former guests, so do not hesitate to contact me and book few days to have some quality time spent together, yet respectful of social distancing rules

HOME SIZE IS A FUNCTION OF ITS HOST HOSPITALITY

Activities we can safely run together will include both swimming and kayaking, but also BBQing some fresh organic vegetables from the farm, and yes of course I would be delighted to guide you through the Primo Passo water mill.

Let’s have fun, because we deserve it!