I'm Tamsin Hickson, I live on an olive farm in Le Marche in Central Italy with my husband, sons, father, cats, dog, chickens, ducks (until Christmas).

recipes

  • Sedanini alla Boscagliola sedanini

    This is one of my favourites, but as I write that I realise that I could honestly say that about just about every pasta recipe of Aldo’s. Let’s say it is my favourite for today, because we had it for lunch, and I had to be restrained from licking out the pot.

    For this you [...]

Italian

  • Another festa… festa-montappone

    It would be ridiculous to try to give the impression that we are all working away here. No, I’ll come clean, it’s just one festa after another. This weekend it was Montappone, the festa of straw hats, culminating in a splendid display of fireworks, photographed here from the snug safety of a friend’s house [...]

making things

  • Elderflower cordial elderflower

    When the poppies are out it’s time to order the citric acid to make elderflower cordial. Every year I go through the recipe with our local pharmacist, who takes some convincing that I really want THAT MUCH citric acid. I’ve not yet found an Italian home recipe for a drink that doesn’t contain alcohol, [...]

Keeping time

churchmogJasper took up the piano last year and I took these photographs while he was at his lesson this week. Mogliano is empty on weekday afternoons between lunch and five, and the misty February air and the echo of my footsteps gave the town an eerie, timeless feel.

This year I decided to take up the piano again.  I think of myself as having recently given it up so it was startling to realise that my last lesson was 37 years ago. I wondered whether this explained my struggle to keep up with the metronome as I massacred a Bach prelude; after all Jasper has been whisking through Scott Joplin with the metronome without difficulty.  But after a few weeks I downloaded a metronome app onto my phone, thus revealing Jasper’s musical flexibility, in adapting to our old metronome’s moody beat. time

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