Paris picnic.

Keeping that summer feeling. Picnics, robust wine and hearty dishes.

A table by the sea in September

The crowds have departed and the children have gone back to school. September is that wonderful month when you really can get the best of both worlds.  The season of plenty with ripening Autumn fruits and gluts to be harvested, but an Indian summer brings sunny days more precious than those of August.  This is the perfect time to holiday in southern Europe. The restaurants may be slowing down but you won't go hungry.  This seaside restaurant has tables laid and looks over a calm sea.  I like to imagine being one of a few descreet diners in this place on a September evening years ago.

In the mess.

Italian soldiers enjoy spaghetti

This weekend we welcomed Italian, English, American and French New Friends to enjoy our 'good-bye Summer, hello Autumn' menu at the New Friends Table.  After spending many hours cooking and eating in Umbria this summer, there was a strong slant towards Italian food.  Campari and Martini Rosso invited themselves along and much 'vino de la casa' was consumed.  However, the very English sticky toffee pudding with Jersey cream held the boat steady.